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USAID 2020 Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy

January 15, 2021
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) vision is of a prosperous and peaceful world in which women, girls, men, and boys enjoy equal economic, social, cultural, civil, and political rights and are equally empowered to secure better lives for themselves, their families, their communities, and their countries. USAID achieves greater and more sustainable development outcomes by integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment throughout their work.

Reflections on Private Sector Engagement (PSE) Relationship Qualities by the USAID/Honduras Transforming Market Systems (TMS) Activity

January 15, 2021
The Private Sector Engagement Relationship Qualities in a Market Systems Development Activity learning brief provides evidence and learning from the team of the USAID/Honduras Transforming Market Systems (TMS) Activity on how to most effectively engage the private sector and the relationship qualities that influence the achievement of partnership results.

The Role of Small-Group and Large-Group Dynamics in Market Systems

January 13, 2021
Market systems are inherently social networks, and thus there is an understandable tendency for market actors to do business with those that they know and trust. But neither businesses, nor broader market systems, can perform to their potential by relying only on personal exchange.

Movable Property Lending: Lessons Learned from Promoting Innovative Finance in Colombia, Kenya, Indonesia, and Vietnam

January 8, 2021
On December 10, USAID’s Sashi Jayatileke and Wade Channell hosted Joe Heim of Dopkins & Company and Bar Pereg of Deloitte for a discussion on Movable Property Lending, an inclusive finance tool that has recently been introduced to many USAID presence countries. The panel discussed the specific barriers to uptake for movable property lending, approaches that enable financial institutions to overcome these barriers, and broader lessons learned for the development community. 

This January, We're Exploring Marketlinks in 2021

January 5, 2021
This month, our theme is Marketlinks 2021! Throughout January, we will be highlighting relevant policies, projects, initiatives, tools, and other innovations in the sector that have either recently launched or will be launching in 2021. 

Making Forest Conservation Benefit People, Climate and Industry

December 9, 2020
Thanks to a program made possible by the USAID Forests and Deltas Program (VFD), implemented by Winrock International, every six months Koren Gren receives five million Vietnamese dong [USD $213] for his forest protection work — an arrangement that promotes forest conservation and reduces poverty, especially among Vietnam’s poorest ethnic communities.

Mobilizing Agriculture Finance Solutions at Scale

December 1, 2020
On November 12, Marketlinks hosted a webinar discussing two innovative finance interventions that are mobilizing private capital in agricultural finance through an approach that combines market incentives and technical assistance. 

How USAID Brought Co-Creation Online in the Era of Social Distancing: Part I

November 23, 2020
USAID’s Mission in Mexico understands that the most effective and long-term solutions should be informed by a variety of organizations and people. USAID Mexico decided that using a co-creation process — a participatory approach to problem-solving that brings people together to design a solution with mutually shared benefits and value — through a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) — was the best strategy to identify viable solutions.

No Real Estate? No Problem. A Look at the Potential of Asset-Based Lending to Empower Women in Colombia

November 18, 2020
In many countries, social norms and laws restrict women’s ability to control property, so female entrepreneurs are often unable to obtain the real estate needed to satisfy traditional collateral requirements for loans. Asset-based lending (ABL) allows businesses to use their company’s moveable assets — such as equipment, vehicles, livestock, and inventory — as pledged collateral. Recently, INVEST and USAID have been exploring the intersection of ABL and women’s access to finance in Colombia.

Achieving Data Visibility for Health Supply Chain Information Systems

November 18, 2020
As global health supply chains expand and become more complex, the information systems that are used to manage them need to mature along with them. USAID’s Supply Chain Information System Maturity Model helps countries evaluate their supply chain systems’ capabilities holistically, enabling informed decision-making and timely delivery of health commodities.

Research on Women Sales Agents in Indonesia Conducted by PRISMA

November 10, 2020
Indonesian women’s roles in agriculture tend to be less visible and are frequently overlooked by agricultural input companies, government extension workers and even development programs. Unsurprisingly, gender considerations are largely absent from agricultural marketing activities and direct sales agent (DSA) models. To understand and address this gap, PRISMA conducted research on 10 agricultural sector partners and their respective DSA programs.

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