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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.

Can the Poor Have Decent Work?

Thu, May 14, 2015
Bama Athreya
Senior Specialist, Labor and Employment Rights
Bama is back to talk more on why #wageworkmatters and to dig into this big question: Can the poor have decent work?

Wage Labor: An Essential Piece of the Poverty Puzzle

Fri, May 8, 2015
Jake Grover
Senior Policy Analyst, Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning
In this post, USAID's Jake Glover wants to convince you of the importance of labor for ending extreme poverty. Read on to learn more!

Drawing the Links Between Wage Work and Poverty Reduction: Highlights from a Recent Evidence Review

Tue, April 28, 2015
Anna Garloch
Director, Project Management
Why does wage work matter? ACDI/VOCA's Anna Garloch highlights some of her key takeaways from a recent stocktaking report on wage labor. Join the conversation by commenting or tweeting #wageworkmatters.

Development Digest: Highlights from the Microlinks and Agrilinks Joint Seminar on Ag Insurance, Risk, and Resilience

Fri, April 24, 2015
Dana James
Project Coordinator
On April 23, Microlinks and Agrilinks hosted a joint seminar titled "Realizing Rural Resilience and Inclusive Growth by Reducing Risk: Is Agricultural Insurance the Key?" This post pulls out some of the highlights from the informative discussion.

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.