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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.

Why Rural Women Don’t Work

Tue, April 21, 2015
Bama Athreya
Senior Specialist, Labor and Employment Rights
Let’s be real: poor women in rural regions inevitably work. And yet, they are disproportionately absent from the labor market. What's the deal?

Uganda’s Work in Progress: A Case Study

Fri, April 17, 2015
Laura Rodriguez Takeuchi
Research Officer, Growth Poverty and Inequality Programme
Overseas Development Institute
How does a country kickstart a process of economic and employment transformation from a low base? Read on for insights from Overseas Development Institute's Laura Rodriguez Takeuchi.

Reflections from Rwanda: Revisiting Wage Labor

Thu, April 9, 2015
Dr. Jim Yazman
Livestock Sciences Specialist
Drawing from his travels in Rwanda, USAID's Jim Yazman shares his reflections on the importance of wage labor for the extreme poor.

Where are all the Rural Wage Workers? On Labor-Blindness and Its Causes

Wed, April 1, 2015
Bernd Mueller
Rural Employment Expert
Why are there such stark discrepancies between official statistics and specialized market research on wage labor? FAO's Bernd Mueller explains.

Development Digest: Key takeaways from “Is Market Systems Development Inherently a Resilience Approach?”

Tue, March 31, 2015
Dana James
Project Coordinator
Feed the Future Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development Project
Did you miss the March 24th Microlinks seminar on markets systems development and resilience? Catch up on the highlights by reading this post and then add your comments or questions!

Show Me the Data: Self-Employment, AKA Microenterprise

Wed, March 25, 2015
Anastasia de Santos
Economist, Trade & Regulatory Reform Office
Do access to capital and business training effectively support microenterprises? USAID economist Anastasia de Santos takes a closer look at the data.

Is Building Resilience Synonymous with Market Systems Development?

Mon, March 16, 2015
Keith Proctor
Senior Policy Researcher
Mercy Corps
Let's be sure that we're not trading one vulnerability for another. Mercy Corps' Keith Proctor explains.

Let Us Work in Gray Areas!

Mon, March 2, 2015
Greg Collins
Deputy Director, USAID Resilience Secretariat
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
Ruth Campbell of ACDI/VOCA unpacks some of the characteristics of resilient market systems.