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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.

“More than Micro” Milestone 5: Establishment of the GROOVE Learning Network (June 2009)

Wed, December 16, 2015
Microlinks Team
Check out the fifth in our "More than Micro" series -- talking about the GROOVE Learning Network.

Question: How many farmers does the Feed the Future initiative benefit worldwide?

Mon, December 14, 2015
Elizabeth McGuinness
LMG Consulting
Any number that a Feed the Future activity reports is very likely to underestimate the actual number of farmers reached. Here’s why.

“More than Micro” Milestone 4: Launch of the Value Chain Development Wiki (April 2009)

Fri, December 11, 2015
Microlinks Team
The fourth in our "More than Micro" series. This time we look back at the launch of the Value Chain Development Wiki.

“More than Micro” Milestone 3: “Microenterprise Development in a Globalizing World” (June 2006)

Wed, December 9, 2015
Microlinks Team
Check out the third post in our "More than Micro" series, focused on the conference, "Microenterprise Development in a Globalizing World."

Sustaining Poverty Escapes: The Holy Grail of Development, and Why Resilience Matters

Mon, December 7, 2015
Anna Mdee
Research Fellow
Overseas Development Institute
Reporting back from USAID’s recent Resilience Workshop, ODI’s Dr. Anna Mdee reflects on sustainable poverty escapes, the evidence around them, and the relevance of the resilience agenda and systems thinking to this concept.

“More than Micro” Milestone 2: First Breakfast Seminar (July 2005)

Tue, December 1, 2015
Microlinks Team
The second post in our "More than Micro" series, focused on Microlinks' Seminar Series.

“More than Micro” Milestone 1: Launch of the original Microlinks site (2003)

Mon, November 30, 2015
Microlinks Team
The first in our "More than Micro" series, looking back at the last 12 years of Microlinks.

“There’s something awfully screwy going on around here” — Finding the missing piece in a market system analysis.

Mon, November 23, 2015
Olaf Kula
Senior Vice President, Private Engagement
When a market system isn’t humming along as it should, something must be missing. Read on for examples from Cambodia and Guinea.

Catalyzing Ecosystems for Entrepreneurship

Thu, November 19, 2015
Stephanie Buck
Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs
Missed our chat on entrepreneurial ecosystems with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs? Read the highlights here.

Strengthening Entrepreneurship by Understanding Failure

Wed, November 18, 2015
Christy Sisko
Eileen Hoffman
Read these meaty takeaways from our online discussion about failure in entrepreneurship.