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“But What Is It Doing To the Markets?” Developing Tools and Guidance to Understand and Influence the Effects of Humanitarian Assistance on Market Vendors

October 20, 2020
In humanitarian response, agencies can provide needed resources in kind to affected families-- or, as is increasingly becoming the norm, through cash transfers or with vouchers. Proponents of cash and voucher assistance (CVA) generally agree that, in addition to being fast and efficient, cash and vouchers can channel humanitarian-assistance funds through local vendors and increase the funds circulating in the local economy.

Smartphone App Benefits Shrimp Farmers in Bangladesh

October 9, 2020
With the right techniques and knowledge, shrimp farmers in Bangladesh, even those with small-scale production, have the potential to maximize their income and further provide for their families while making significant returns on investment. To achieve this, farmers must follow rigorous production practices that require strict technical precision.

Practical Analytical Framework for Inclusive Entrepreneurial Market Systems

October 7, 2020
An analytical tool developed by the Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security (EEFS) project, the Inclusive Entrepreneurial Market Systems (IEMS) framework is a first step in building on existing enabling environment tools and market system theoretical frameworks to provide concrete guidance to USAID Missions, Operating Units, and implementing partners (IPs) on how to examine the underlying variables in systems that may present barr

How High-Impact Businesses in Emerging Markets Are Pivoting in the COVID Crisis

October 1, 2020
This article previously ran in ImpactAlpha and was written by Kristin Kelly Jangraw and Emily Langhorne, USAID INVEST.  Read the original post. Without immediate support, many social businesses and impact-first companies working to end poverty and implement sustainable development will be wiped out. ~ Saskia Bruysten, CEO, Yunus Social Business

Youth Inclusion in Market Systems

September 28, 2020
Youth — who make up a large portion of the potential workforce in developing countries — are often left out of markets systems, representing a significant lost opportunity to deliver social and economic benefits. 

Youth, Women, and Market Systems Development in Agriculture

September 24, 2020
Attention to inclusivity of youth and women in market systems development (MSD) is gaining traction around the world as part of work to strengthen inclusive agriculture-led growth, food security, poverty reduction, and improved employment. In recent years, at least 15 agriculture-related MSD activities valued at a combined half a billion U.S. dollars have targeted women and, increasingly, youth.

Can Rural Development Programs Build Resilience to the COVID-19 Pandemic?

September 18, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic and the measures national governments around the world are taking to contain it have created new challenges for families who were already vulnerable to a number of climate-related disaster risks. New research supported by USAID is learning whether investments in broadly based resilience helps families to withstand even this completely unexpected and global shock.