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West Africa: An Ecosystem Approach to Catalyzing Female Entrepreneurship

March 19, 2021
In the Sahel region of West Africa, small and growing businesses account for nearly 50 percent of new job creation. When these businesses are women-led, the potential to drive growth is even higher: a USAID study found that, globally, these businesses grow revenues 1.5 times faster and jobs twice as fast compared to male-owned businesses.

Digitizing the Agricultural Value Chain: Six Lessons from the Development of the Agronavti App

March 11, 2021
Over the past few decades, we’ve all heard variations of the same refrain: the future is digital. However, digital’s promise is hard to realize in many contexts given the technology infrastructure required for success. This goes beyond broadband internet availability and access to include cultural norms and other factors that affect individual access and use, particularly for vulnerable populations.

ILO launches the new guide on Value Chain Development for Decent Work

January 16, 2021
Find the new guide from January 20, 2021 In the midst of a global pandemic - the effects of which are likely to be felt for years to come - many millions are at risk of losing their livelihoods and unable to access opportunities to work themselves and their families out of, or away from, poverty.

SEEP 2020: Emphasizing Inclusivity in Uncertain Times

November 6, 2020
The 2020 SEEP Annual Conference looked a little different this year. With the global pandemic rapidly evolving, SEEP stayed committed to creating a safe and meaningful experience for their community of global thinkers and doers by switching to an online forum from October 26-30th. 

This November, Marketlinks Explores Health Markets

November 3, 2020
This month, Marketlinks is exploring health markets. Throughout November, we will take a deep look into the topic and its relation to other relevant subject areas, like health financing, inclusive health access, and digital technology in health markets

A Market Systems Lens to COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies

October 15, 2020
COVID-19 has caused major disruptions to health systems, economies, and lives all around the world. Among these, national lockdowns, interruptions of cross-border flows of goods and people, and lack of access to markets and distribution channels pose particular challenges to businesses. In response, firms have adapted their business models to sell their products and services online, identified new distributors and buyers, and quickly adjusted their service offerings.

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.

What is a Resilient Health System? Lessons from Ebola

October 5, 2020
The fragility of health systems has never been of greater interest—or importance—than at this moment, in the aftermath of the worst Ebola virus disease epidemic to date. The loss of life, massive social disruption, and collapse of even the most basic health-care services shows what happens when a crisis hits and health systems are not prepared.

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.