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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.

New Approaches to Smallholder Lending

Mon, February 12, 2018
Jean Thiboutot
CDP Director
Agriculture is the main source of income for much of Kenya's population, yet, many smallholder farmers lack access to financial systems. WOCCU developed a toolkit to support farmers' financial needs in Guatemala, Mexico, and Kenya.

Making Development Dollars Go Further

Tue, February 6, 2018
Spencer Parsons
Economic Growth and Trade Practice Associate
Gabriel Gonzalez-Kreisberg
Corporate Partnerships Practice Associate
It will require an extra $2.5 trillion to achieve the SDGs. Can the development community find creative ways to fill that gap?

Welcome to the Cooperative Development Learning Series!

Tue, January 30, 2018
Emily Varga
Technical Lead and Program Director
USAID's Cooperative Development Program
In this series, learn how cooperatives can help support local institutions, businesses, communities, and leaders to drive their own success.

Using a Systems Lens to Innovate Past Post-Harvest Food Loss

Fri, January 19, 2018
Chase Keenan
Junior Program Officer
Global Knowledge Initiative
While much of the research and investment in improving food systems and minimalizing post-harvest loss is directed toward improving yields, there are opportunities for gains by reducing the amount of food lost in the supply chain.

Show Me the Data: Serial Entrepreneurs and Toddler Firms

Mon, January 8, 2018
Anastasia de Santos
Economist, Trade & Regulatory Reform Office
Recent evidence about firm size and likelihood of growth seems conflicting, with important implications for the kind of program designs donors may seek to support.

Is It Time to Rethink How We Measure Women’s Household Decision-Making Power in Impact Evaluations?

Tue, January 2, 2018
Rachel Glennerster
Executive Director
Claire Walsh
Senior Policy Manager
There will likely never be an effective one-size-fits-all set of survey questions to measure women’s decision-making power or agency, but we are optimistic about improving current practice. Here's why.

What Does Women’s Labor Force Participation Really Tell Us About Women’s Empowerment?

Thu, December 21, 2017
Lucia Diaz-Martin
Senior Policy Associate
Rachel Glennerster
Executive Director
Ariella Park
Senior Policy Associate
This post examines difficulties in measuring inequalities and differences in women's participation in the labor market as well as ways forward in the field.

The Business Case for Land Rights: You Asked, We Answered

Mon, December 11, 2017
Microlinks Team
In this Q&A, USAID's LandLinks interviews Jeff King of Hershey's and Olga Gormalova of ECOM Agroindustrial and explores private sector perspectives on responsible land-based investment.

What We Know About Rural Youth’s Entry Into Employment

Mon, December 4, 2017
Microlinks Team
Read up on emerging evidence on programming for a youth-inclusive economic transformation in rural and peri-urban areas to support youth employment and livelihoods, including entry into work.

Working with the Private Sector to Promote Women’s Empowerment

Wed, November 15, 2017
Charlotte Friar
Program Associate
Winrock International
Read how private sector-led technical and entrepreneurial trainings are playing an important role in boosting women's economic empowerment in Bangladesh.