Resource Library

The Resource Library serves as a broad resource hub, including over 1000 documents, training materials, wikis, and curated reports to increase readers' awareness, understanding, and proficiency of several topics in market systems development. Users have access to proposals, evaluation materials, and USAID policy updates, as well as training modules and wikis to boost skills and knowledge.

These resources are bolstered by the inclusion of curated USAID reports published on the USAID Development Experience Clearinghouse (DEC) which serves as a repository of reports from completed or ongoing USAID development projects around the globe. The full USAID Development Clearinghouse website can be accessed here.

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PSE Opportunities Tool Use Cases

Three case studies, based on USAID PSE activities, have been compiled to demonstrate how you might approach each sub-question in the PSE Opportunities Tool. The illustrative cases describe a quinoa market development activity in Peru; the development of independent media companies in Serbia; and improved sanitation in a Kenyan refugee settlement.

PSE Opportunities Tool User Guide

The User Guide provides detailed steps for analyzing all sub-questions, with specific data sources and stakeholders to speak with. This document also helps identify key constraints to the private sector (and how to diagnose them) as well as illustrative roles for USAID to play in any PSE opportunity that will help mitigate or alleviate those constraints.

PSE Opportunities Tool

This three-page document interprets each of the five PSE Policy Questions and provides sub-questions to stimulate ideas, discussions, and creative approaches to solving the development or humanitarian challenge.

USAID Climate Strategy 2022-2030

Climate change is a global crisis. As temperatures and sea levels rise, people around the world are increasingly seeing heat waves, droughts, floods, cyclones, and wildfires upend their lives. The effects of climate change are not equal – they disproportionately impact the poorest and most marginalized communities USAID works to support every day. Climate change affects virtually everything that USAID does and threatens the development progress it has supported over more than 60 years.

USAID Women's Economic Empowerment Community of Practice Resources

The USAID Women’s Economic Empowerment Community of Practice (USAID WEE CoP) was established in 2020 to accelerate the pace of change in advancing gender equality and women’s economic empowerment by sharing what is effective and what does not work. Through the USAID WEE CoP, members convene, identify, and share proven, promising, and potential models that advance economic growth through gender equality. 

Advancing Women's Economic Empowerment - USAID INVEST Fact Sheet

Throughout the world, widespread gender gaps in financial inclusion and economic empowerment negatively affect the lives of women and hinder economic growth. Recognizing an urgent need to close these gaps, USAID INVEST (INVEST) alongside the USAID Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Hub (USAID/GenDev) has built a $23 million portfolio of activities to advance women’s economic empowerment. The following fact sheet takes a look at USAID/GenDev and INVEST's approaches to advancing women's economic empowerment, as well as their partners, activities, and objectives under the portfolio. 

Food Safety Assessment of Senegalese Markets through Mobile App Technology

Inadequate food handling practices and poor infrastructure across supply chains increase health risks to consumers, in addition to being root causes of pre-consumer loss and waste in the overall food system. Feed the Future Business Drivers for Food Safety (BD4FS), implemented by Food Enterprise Solutions (FES) and funded by USAID, is a multi-country effort that works alongside agrifood actors to codesign and implement incentive-based strategies to accelerate the adoption of food safety practices in local food systems.

Market Systems Resilience Learning Resources Series

This page includes a series of resources aimed at capturing practical guidance and applied experience in market systems resilience (MSR), developed through the Feed the Future Market Systems and Partnerships Activity. 

Training Facilitators’ Guide: Market System Development Cartoon-Based Learning Tools

This training facilitators’ guide provides an overview of a set of USAID’s Leveraging Economic Opportunities (LEO) market development tools that focuses on market facilitation and uses storytelling in the form of storybook comics. These tools are intended to be used with development project staff to build capacity around effective market facilitation strategies and implementation. While the cartoons focus on the agricultural sector, the principles are relevant across sectors.

Mobilizing Finance for Infectious Disease Prevention, Detection, and Response: Learning Brief and Case Study Analysis

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated weaknesses in the global health care system. Annual investments in infectious disease prevention research have declined since 2007, while risks of antimicrobial resistance and pathogens with pandemic potential have increased. Health care systems were underfunded and understaffed before COVID-19 emerged. The pandemic has worsened conditions. Significant investment is required to better prepare for infectious disease outbreaks and strengthen health systems worldwide.

USAID’s Mobilizing Finance for Development Course

USAID's Mobilizing Finance for Development (MF4D) self-paced course aims to equip USAID staff and development practitioners with a fundamental understanding of finance and the tool and resources to mobilize capital investment for sustainable development outcomes.

Consumer Awareness of PAH Contaminants in Smoked Fish in Senegal

Fish is an important contributor to the Senegalese economy and diet, with Senegal having one of the highest consumption rates of fish in Africa (29 kg/person/year according to a 2017-2018 study; ANSD, 2020).  It serves as important protein source for many because of its low cost and its high availability. Due to its perishable nature, fish are commonly processed after capture to increase the longevity of products. In 2018, over 38,924 tons of fish were processed in Senegal, worth an estimated $47,523,252 USD (Ministere Despecheset De L’Economie, 2019).

Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives With the Private Sector

USAID engages with many stakeholders, including those in the private sector, to increase the impact of its development efforts and accelerate development progress. Multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) are one key collective-action approach that USAID, working with others, has supported to address highly complex problems.

Enduring Results Study 3.0 Summary Report

The Enduring Results summary report assesses what drives enduring or sustained results in partnerships with USAID and the private sector. The report demonstrates how these partnerships can realize the market solutions that create impact beyond USAID funding.

USAID Private Sector Engagement Policy

Private sector engagement (PSE) is fundamental to our goal to end the need for foreign assistance. This policy is a call to action for staff from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and our partners to embrace market-based approaches as a more-sustainable way to support communities in achieving development and humanitarian outcomes at scale. This is based on our premise that private enterprise is one of the most powerful forces for lifting lives, strengthening communities, and accelerating countries to self-reliance.

Enduring Results Study 3.0 Summary Report

USAID recognizes that the private sector is a critical stakeholder in driving and sustaining outcomes capable of moving countries beyond the need for assistance. Today, the private sector is playing an unprecedented role in creating and shaping opportunities that improve the lives of the people and communities USAID supports. USAID has, therefore, committed to a major cultural and operational transformation in the way development programs are conceived, designed, and delivered – emphasizing collaboration, co-designing, and co-financing with the private sector.

Doing business in Dadaab, Kenya

The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) developed the Approach to Inclusive Market Systems (AIMS) to facilitate the development of market-based interventions for the economic inclusion of refugees and other forcibly displaced. Focusing on Dadaab, this study provides a market system analysis for interventions aimed at enabling the self-reliance of refugees and host communities, and thereby contributing to a broader local economic development (LED) agenda. Two complementary pieces form the basis of this report: