Working with and through markets can help speed recovery and limit economic impact during and after disasters.
Markets in Crises
In Somalia, USAID is helping blunt the economic impact of COVID-19 by supporting financial institutions and contributing to Somalis’ ability to cope with, and build resilience to, the COVID-19 crisis.
Aug 05, 2020
This assessment report provides potential programming opportunities that will assist in the development and support of livelihoods and income generating activities for EVD-affected communities.
Jul 13, 2020
#SEEP2020 is going 100% virtual! We see this as an opportunity to diverge from our traditional request for session proposals to a more experimental, participatory, and flexible model.
Jun 25, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to bear the detrimental effects of poor connectivity. As schools, offices, health organizations, and individuals become more reliant upon the internet, more than 3.5 billion unconnected people around the world are at a significant disadvantage.
Jun 16, 2020
When the COVID-19 pandemic first struck, the data science company Fraym understood its unique product was critical in mounting the most effective global COVID-19 response at scale.
Jun 12, 2020
In order to analyze the impact of COVID-19 on dairy and beef value chains incorporating food security concerns such as availability, access and utilization, Land O’Lakes Venture37 and Georgian Farmers’ Association conducted a pulse survey in May 2020 of project participants in the USDA Safety and Quality Investment in Livestock project .
Jun 04, 2020
This post explores how global development organizations can mitigate food and agricultural systems during the COVID-19 crisis, using a market systems approach.
May 27, 2020
This post shares a new report from Mercy Corps highlighting how government restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19 has impacted businesses, supply chain, markets and local economies.
May 20, 2020
In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, donors and development agencies will have to combine immediate and long-term responses to support the economic recovery in developing countries.
May 18, 2020
While women are making progress in attracting venture capital and angel funding, they still are vastly underrepresented in the funding league tables.
May 15, 2020
This post introduces an April 2020 publication from ACDI/VOCA . Marginalized people become even more vulnerable in emergencies, which means that it’s important to consider how to incorporate a gender and social inclusion lens into our COVID-19 responses and adaptations.
USAID's Somalia Growth, Enterprise, Employment and Livelihoods project is responding to COVID-19 by employing a strategy across its value chains to mitigate the impact of distruped supply chains and damage to the private sector.
May 12, 2020
In addition to its immediate adverse impact on women’s and girls’ health and education, the COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to further exacerbate existing gender inequalities in economic opportunities across Sub-Saharan Africa.
May 08, 2020
How women, gender equality, and social norms are critical to recovering from the COVID-19 crisis.
May 06, 2020
Since the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic, CARE has prioritized supporting groups to lead their own COVID-19 responses. The groups are rising to the occasion.
May 05, 2020
CARE’s experience points to massive market disruptions and food insecurity as a result of quarantine, restrictions on mobility, and a sudden diversion of additional resources into the immediate pandemic response.
May 01, 2020
This blog highlights a resource from The Lab at the International Labour Organization provides market systems analysis results and recommendations from the tourism sector in seven countries.
Apr 30, 2020
This blog post introduces the USAID/Honduras Transforming Market Systems Activity and shares lessons learned from the activity's COVID-19 Business Resilience Analysis report.
Apr 29, 2020
The COVID-19 epidemic has created a serious negative impact not only on the health sector in the country but in all aspects of living. This post shares a rapid assessment report from SHOMOSHTI Project, CARE Bangladesh.
Apr 22, 2020
This post analyzes the economic implications on food security caused by COVID-19 in relation to previous Ebola outbreaks.
Apr 21, 2020
CGAP CEO Greta Bull and Timothy Ogden highlight how the millions who rely on inclusive finance to borrow, save and spend money are counting on the microfinance sector.
In this article, the Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security project raises the potential impacts of COVID-19 on food systems in developing countries and the need for rapid examination as the crisis unfolds to inform evidence-based decision-making.
Apr 14, 2020
This resource outlines USAID guidance to increase institutional readiness to prevent, detect, and respond to COVID-19, and its effects.
Apr 13, 2020
This post introduces a resource that provides guidance on how to use the Microfin financial projection software.
Apr 10, 2020
Sylvia Natukunda is feeling the effects of COVID-19. As the founder of Farm Reap, a Kampala, Uganda-based company that produces five flavors of yogurt, she is putting together a game plan on how to keep her business profitable.
Apr 06, 2020
COVID-19 is a crisis that will have a global economic impact for months to come. This April, we wanted to highlight a few blog posts that show how practitioners around the world are stepping up to support market systems.
Apr 01, 2020
COVID-19 poses health and economic risks for savings groups as markets falter and mobility and community gathering are restrained. This post highlights guidance from CARE to help implementers consider how best to support savings groups and their members during this crisis.
Mar 26, 2020
The USAID BIZ+ program in Sri Lanka helped small and medium-sized businesses sustainably and effectively accelerate and grow. This work created over 8,000 jobs and leveraged over $22 million in private sector investment. This post highlights the program and the new Enterprise Development Report.
Mar 25, 2020
This post outlines the importance of a business response to COVID-19 and details the ways in which businesses of all sizes are working to combat the spread of the virus.
EEFS' technical one-pager highlights learning from the full eastern DRC SeedCLIR report, two technical articles, and a global webinar to describe how development actors and policymakers can facilitate an improved enabling environment for seed in DRC through a phased approach.
Mar 04, 2020
Marketlinks hosted a webinar on February 19th, 2020 to learn more about the third edition of the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (MERS). This webinar explored practical guidance and tips for mainstreaming MERS at the donor, institutional and practitioner level.
Feb 20, 2020
The case of Lebanon mirrors what in the MERS handbook is referred to as a crisis stuck in the relief phase. In crisis environments, short term goals focus on stabilizing households and providing basic needs.
Feb 13, 2020
Marketlinks, Agrilinks, and the Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security (EEFS) project hosted a joint webinar on Thursday, February 6, 2020, examining the enabling environment for agricultural market systems in fragile contexts.
Feb 09, 2020
How PNG delivers power to its populace is important to the nation. The Development Strategic Plan calls for carbon neutrality by 2050.
Feb 03, 2020
In February, our Marketlinks blog will focus on economic recovery in crisis-affected communities. Throughout the month, we’ll take a deep dive into how communities around the world are building resilience in the wake of a crisis.
Given the primacy of seed for agricultural sector resilience and growth, development actors are eager to address seed needs in the wake of conflict. This post explores how to tailor those investments for fragile contexts in a way consistent with long-term seed market development.