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Market Systems Blog

In this blog series, USAID explores moving beyond a focus on isolated value chai

In this series, we move beyond isolated value chains and consider broader market systems as well as the resultant implications for programming.

Wage Work and Labor Market Systems: Lessons from a Global E-discussion

Wed, August 5, 2015
Luis E. (Lucho) Osorio-Cortes
Markets Systems Specialist
Practical Action Consulting
Lucho Osorio-Cortes unpacks some of his personal takeaways from the recent e-discussion (hosted by LEO and BEAM Exchange) on rural wage labor, structural transformation, and results measurement.

In Case You Missed It!

Mon, July 20, 2015
Kristin O'Planick
Enterprise Development Specialist
Kristin O'Planick takes stock of where we've been in our Market Systems series, and pulls out our most popular posts. Add these to your summer reading list!

Six Ways Women Add Value to Business

Tue, July 7, 2015
Erin Markel
Principal Consultant
MarketShare Associates
In this post, Erin Markel of MarketShare Associates gives recommendations on making the "business case" for inclusion.

Bringing Women’s Empowerment from Research to Reality

Wed, June 10, 2015
Michelle Stern
Senior Technical Director, Technical Learning and Application
How can we take WEAI findings and use them to impact gender equity and women’s empowerment?

Capacity-Building to Grow Women's Leadership in SMEs: The Peru Case

Tue, June 9, 2015
Ximena Querol
Executive Director
Sector 3 Social Venture Group
This post by WLSME Peru's Ximena Querol discusses two different capacity-building interventions and their respective impacts on retention rates.

The Power of Networks for Growing Women's Leadership in SMEs: The India Case

Fri, June 5, 2015
Devaprakash Ramakrishnan
Regional Program Director
CARE India
Read the next WLSME story out of India: Devaprakash Ramakrishnan talks about his project's approach to building women's networks in order to grow small businesses.

Show Me the “Real” Data

Wed, May 27, 2015
Usman Iqtidar
Knowledge Management Specialist
Feed the Future Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development Project
Does the existing data vindicate donors’ reliance on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as effective vehicles of economic growth? Yes. Is it reliable and valid? Probably not.

The Use of Nonfinancial Services to Help Grow Women's Leadership in SMEs: The Kyrgyzstan Case

Tue, May 26, 2015
Gulmira Asanbaeva
‎Program Manager & Chief of Party for WLSME Kyrgyzstan
Here is our first WLSME story from Kyrgyzstan: Gulmira Asanbaeva explains her project's work delivering nonfinancial services to grow women's small businesses.

Better Understanding, Better Choices, Better Impact

Tue, May 19, 2015
Wade Channell
Economic Growth Specialist for Gender
USAID's Wade Channell introduces our Women's Leadership in Small and Medium Enterprises mini-series in this post. Keep reading!

Can the Poor Have Decent Work?

Thu, May 14, 2015
Bama Athreya
Senior Specialist, Labor and Employment Rights
Bama is back to talk more on why #wageworkmatters and to dig into this big question: Can the poor have decent work?