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Value Chain Development

Achieving economic growth that reduces poverty requires focusing not only on access to markets, inputs, technology, and a whole range of services for the small and very small firms that the poor own and operate, but also on the performance of industries in which large numbers of the poor participate, as workers and entrepreneurs. Enterprise development can create wealth in poor communities by sustainably linking large numbers of micro- and small enterprises (MSEs) into international, national and/or local value chains, while addressing the systemic constraints MSEs face in taking advantage of market opportunities. The structures, systems and relationships that define the value chain can be influenced to enable MSEs to improve (or upgrade) their products and processes, and thereby contribute to and benefit from the chain’s competitiveness.

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This Microlinks seminar explored how the Local Enterprise and Value Chain Enhancement (LEVE) Project has successfully utilized an adaptive management approach to meet ambitious project goals while operating in an environment of political instability, low trust, limited capabilities and resource...
In this Microlinks seminar, experts explored how the Local Enterprise and Value Chain Enhancement (LEVE) Project has successfully utilized an adaptive management approach to meet ambitious project goals while operating in an environment of political instability, low trust, limited capabilities and...
The expectation that policy reforms that address policy constraints positively influence private sector investment is a fundamental link or assumption in many market systems development and policy reform efforts. Critically, private sector investment is typically the key mechanism by which policy...
The more we learn about market systems and systemic change, the more we realize that describing these system dynamics is a major challenge. In addition, many tools for describing and monitoring shifts in system dynamics can be inadequate, as it is difficult to gain insight into network structures...
USAID/Mozambique commissioned a value chain analysis (VCA) to prioritize and guide interventions within and across target value chains. The analysis targeted nine value chains, as summarized below:  Oilseeds: Soybean, sesame, groundnut Pulses: Pigeon pea, common bean, cowpea Banana Cashew...