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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.

Market Systems: Late to the Resilience Party

Fri, February 20, 2015
Ruth Campbell
Senior Vice President
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
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
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
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
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.

Still Need a New Year’s Resolution? Resolve to Think Differently About Women’s Empowerment

Mon, January 5, 2015
Lindsey Jones
Director of Gender Mainstreaming and Women's Empowerment
How can markets be an empowering force for marginalized and exploited women in economies around the world? ACDI/VOCA's Lindsey Jones explains LEO's Women's Economic Empowerment framework.

Need a Good Holiday Gift? There’s a Little Something for Everyone Concerned About Gender Equality

Mon, December 22, 2014
Wade Channell
Senior Legal Reform Advisor
Here are some of Wade's favorite reads on women's economic empowerment and gender equality from the past 15 months.