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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.

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.

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.