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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.

Banking the Youth Bulge: The Next Frontier in Financial Inclusion?

Thu, October 15, 2015
Kristin Kelly Jangraw
Communications Specialist
Feed the Future Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development Project
Youth Savings Groups can be a powerful tool for youth economic empowerment. We’ve got some tips on how to make the most of them.

Making Women Count: The Challenge of Measuring Gendered Impact in Market Systems Facilitation

Tue, October 13, 2015
Sonia Jordan
Gender Advisor, Private Sector Development Team
Adam Smith International
Sonia Jordan of Adam Smith International dives into challenges associated with measuring the integration of women's economic empowerment in market systems programming.

The Business Case for Women's Economic Empowerment: What is the Way Forward?

Tue, September 29, 2015
Gianluca Nardi
Senior Technical Advisor
CARE International
What are the challenges to women's economic empowerment in business? Check out Gianluca Nardi's take.

Development Digest: Engaging Emotions to Change Behavior Through Market Simulation Training

Fri, September 25, 2015
Kristin Kelly Jangraw
Communications Specialist
Tired of traditional training methods? Try building a market simulation - an innovative approach to training.

Can Private Sector Partnerships Create Pro-Poor Market System Change?

Thu, September 17, 2015
Susan Rae Ross
CEO and Founder of SR International
What do you think are the most important models for partnerships in emerging markets? Read Susan Rae Ross's take and tell us your thoughts in the comments!

Seeking Smallholder Resilience: Technologies, Relationships, and Rules – Oh My!

Tue, September 15, 2015
Adam Keatts
Agriculture Knowledge Manager
Leading up to SEEP Network's 30th anniversary and conference, Adam Keatts writes a post on what it takes to build smallholder resilience.

Resilience and System Evolution

Wed, September 9, 2015
Paul Bundick
Director, Department of Economic Development and Livelihoods
FHI 360
Where is the balance between resilience and robustness? FHI 360's Paul Bundick takes this question on in this post, leading up to the Challenge Conference this month.

Beyond the Technology Fix

Mon, August 31, 2015
Caroline Fowler
International Program Manager
EcoVentures International
Caroline Fowler of EcoVentures International provides us with some insights on technology adoption and adaptation in low-income markets. Read more to learn about what factors influence farmer uptake.

Hurdles in the Last Mile

Tue, August 18, 2015
Daniel White
Technical Director for Agriculture
Dan White of ACDI/VOCA shares some learnings on last-mile delivery and overcoming barriers to distribution.

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.