Thoughtful monitoring, evaluation, and learning processes allow for programmatic shifts to increase effectiveness and improve results.
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 14, 2020
The Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth recently collaborated with Mercy Corp's virtual mentoring program, MicroMentor, to deliver an Arabic platform in Jordan and the MENA region.
May 13, 2020
This post introduces a literature review about disability inclusion in market systems development programs.
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 07, 2020
How do agricultural households make decisions about the uptake of new practices or inputs alongside savings, credit, and insurance products? MEDA INNOVATE shares learnings on the potential of non-traditional finance to enable agricultural innovation adoption among smallholder farmers.
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.
Apr 29, 2020
As donors seek to respond to the increasing development needs while addressing the current private sector context, here are five key areas for consideration in light of COVID-19.
Apr 23, 2020
This post shares a new platform from the European Microfinance Platform, the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion, and the Social Performance Task Force. This resource is a forum for discussion and debate about the challenges and solutions for the financial inclusion sector in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
Apr 14, 2020
This resource outlines USAID guidance to increase institutional readiness to prevent, detect, and respond to COVID-19, and its effects.
Apr 10, 2020
The new "NTF4Ag: Emerging Lessons and New Frontiers" report brings together key results, insights, and lessons from the case studies, pilots, and cross-cutting research conducted by MEDA and its partners from 2017-2020.
Apr 09, 2020
Since the market for “bottom of the pyramid” consumers was identified nearly 20 years ago, product marketing, sales, and distribution have evolved with the help of technology. Here's how two businesses use mobile and cloud-based tools to reach emerging market customers.
Apr 02, 2020
This J-PAL literature review draws from 160 randomized and natural experiments in low and middle-income countries to distill key lessons on what we know about supporting women’s agency based on quantitative evidence.
Apr 01, 2020
USAID is seeking Concept Notes from organizations interested in building the professional capabilities of scientists and technical experts to advance innovative solutions to development challenges.
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 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.
Mar 05, 2020
Blended finance is the strategic use of development funds, such as those from government aid and philanthropic sources, to mobilize private capital for social and environment results, such as improving infrastructure, education, agriculture, healthcare, and more.
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.
Mar 02, 2020
Sunday, March 8, 2020, is International Women’s Day. Here are some previous blog posts from Marketlinks that detail the advancement of gender equality worldwide.
Listen to a new podcast from Cardno International Development, Dalberg Advisors, and EcoVentures International as they discuss private sector engagement and share current market systems development trends.
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 18, 2020
This blog highlights observations and insights from time in Afghanistan and the Road to Jobs project.
This post is part two in a two-part series about market systems resilience (MSR) and highlights three major learnings on good practice for MSR.
This post is part one in a two-part series about market systems resilience (MSR) and highlights new guidance and tools that provide a foundational understanding of how different programs are approaching the topic.
Feb 11, 2020
This post shares thoughts from Dr. Michael Kremer on an experimental approach to alleviating global poverty. Dr. Kremer directs USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures program and is a recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics.
Feb 10, 2020
This report provides donors and investors, as well as charitable initiatives and organizations, with answers to the two following questions: How can systems change across the world be financed more effectively? How can change be better supported for the benefit of society?
Jan 22, 2020
Nine projects are funded by NWO-WOTRO to strengthen the Netherlands-CGIAR research partnership on generating insights that contribute to improving seed systems in focus regions within Asia and Sub-Sahara Africa.
Jan 21, 2020
CIAT supports the development of seed systems uniting actors along the value chain to create sustainable seed systems and spur links with formal seed producers.
Jan 17, 2020
At the 2019 SEEP Annual Conference, five finalists delivered seven-minute pitches sharing new approaches to solve a problem and build resilience. The audience voted and selected one winner. Find out which project was selected to win a hypothetical million dollars.
Jan 15, 2020
Afghanistan has an employment challenge. As one of the youngest countries in the world and with more than 400,000 youth joining a stagnant economy’s labour force each year, the number of youth who are unemployed, under-employed, or vulnerably employed grows by the day.
Jan 09, 2020
This post is excerpted from a Winrock International report, “From Seed to Fork: Triggering Systemic Changes in Myanmar’s Soybean Sector.” Read the full report. The contents are the responsibility of Winrock International, prepared by the Value Chains for Rural Development team, including Nimish...
Jan 08, 2020
A third of the global labour force is not earning enough to lift themselves and their families above the poverty line. Although most development and government programmes focus on creating more jobs, it's clear that we need to focus on their quality as well.
Jan 06, 2020
This month, Marketlinks is focused on seed-related enabling environment and market systems. Share your submissions to be included in our round-up.
This post explores practical challenges and opportunities around Market Systems approaches in humanitarian contexts.
This case explores the CLA approach of the Kenya Youth Employment and Skills Program (K-YES), a five-year program funded by USAID that enhances employment opportunities for unemployed and underemployed Kenyan youth (aged 18-35) who have not completed secondary education.
Dec 13, 2019
The Health, Ecosystems and Agriculture for Resilient, Thriving Societies (HEARTH) Addendum is soliciting calls for applications for a new funding opportunity. Read the full description online on the USAID Grants website and apply by June 15, 2020.