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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.

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

Wed, April 1, 2015
Bernd Mueller
Rural Employment Expert
FAO
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
USAID
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
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.