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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.

Let Us Work in Gray Areas!

Mon, March 2, 2015
Greg Collins
Deputy Director, USAID Resilience Secretariat
USAID
What is the relationship between market systems and resilience? Explore this "gray area" with USAID's Greg Collins.

Seminar Recap: Leveraging Labor Market Assessment Tools

Mon, March 2, 2015
Catie Peters
Communications Specialist
Feed The Future Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development Project
FHI 360’s Workforce Connections presented a set of open-source tools developed during a labor market assessment in Zimbabwe.

Market Systems: Late to the Resilience Party

Fri, February 20, 2015
Ruth Campbell
Senior Vice President
ACDI/VOCA
Ruth Campbell of ACDI/VOCA unpacks some of the characteristics of resilient market systems.

Push/Pull: Just Another Buzz Word?

Tue, February 17, 2015
Anna Garloch
Director
ACDI/VOCA
Is "push/pull" just another buzzword, or is it a promising strategic approach? Anna Garloch of ACDI/VOCA argues that the answer lies somewhere in between the two.

Do We Need a Different Investment Plan for Agricultural SMEs?

Wed, February 11, 2015
Geoffrey Chalmers
Managing Director
ACDI/VOCA
How does one make sense of a messy and chaotic agricultural small and medium enterprise landscape? Check out these insights from Malawi.

Development Digest: Key Takeaways from “Can Public-Private Partnerships Actually Benefit the Poor?”

Mon, February 9, 2015
Dana James
Project Coordinator
Researchers from Duke's Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness presented three case studies on public-private partnerships.

Making Women Count: Kudos to APEC

Tue, February 3, 2015
Whitney Dubinsky
APEC Affairs Officer
USAID
In this post, Whitney Dubinsky of USAID comments on the indisputable need for data on women's economic empowerment.

Counteracting Indifference: How to Keep Gender and WEE Alive in Market Systems Programming

Thu, January 29, 2015
Helen Bradbury
Alliances Lesser Caucasus Programme Manager
Mercy Corps
Helen Bradbury calls for a gender data revolution to help counteract indifference.

Better Together: Working to Strengthen the Women’s Economic Empowerment Movement

Thu, January 22, 2015
Nisha Singh
Senior Program Director at the SEEP Network
The SEEP Network
Nisha Singh introduces SEEP's Women’s Economic Empowerment Working Group.

Back to the Future? New Tools to Integrate Gender Equality into Market Systems Thinking

Mon, January 12, 2015
Christine Faveri
Director, Women’s Economic Opportunities
MEDA
Christine Faveri of MEDA introduces a new training course on integrating gender equality and women’s economic empowerment into value chain and market systems development.