The ability of individual firms to enter, compete, grow, and engage in value chains locally or internationally is what drives market development and economic growth.
Markets and Trade
Nov 14, 2019
This post introduces USAID's Renewable Energy and Smart Grid Suppliers Forum, held in 2018, which engaged US firms interested in beginning or expanding business in developing markets.
Nov 07, 2019
Power Africa teamed up with USAID INVEST to increase access to solar home systems and mini-grids across Kenya. Through Azuri Technology's pay-as-you-go-model, they are projected to provide 390,000 new connections and 6,000 upgraded connections across the country.
Nov 04, 2019
The ILO Toolkit is a practical resource for organisations and projects to support small and medium enterprises (SME) decide what aspects of SME performance (productivity, working conditions, etc.) to measure, as well as how to measure them.
A partnership with USAID, the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, and the Visa Foundation aims to address barriers that women entrepreneurs face by building supportive entrepreneurial ecosystems in emerging markets.
Oct 18, 2019
Based on the regional recommendations from the March workshop and on additional discussions, CEADIR developed country-specific recommendations for improving communication and collaboration to scale up private investment in climate-smart agriculture and forestry.
This post explores how USAID is mobilizing institutional investors to develop Africa's infrastructure through an initiative called MiDA, which connects American investors to the local partners.
Oct 18, 2019
This post introduces a paper from the International Labour Organization highligthing a framework for assessing the efficacy of business models. The paper extracts five key lessons for implementers to improve the way they engage with the private sector in building win-win models.
Aug 27, 2019
USAID’s Value Chains for Rural Development project uses an inclusive, market systems approach to support smallholder producers, farmer groups, agribusinesses, and community organizations.
Aug 14, 2019
This post presents three tools that development actors could use and build upon when implementing economic growth programs.
Jul 25, 2019
This post, focused on partnership implementation, is the second in a series exploring how a partnership facility can work as an interface between donor-funded programs and their private-sector partners, and how the partnerships that emerge can be an engine driving systemic change.
Jul 11, 2019
This post, focused on partnership principles, is the first in a series exploring how an integrated partnership facility can work as an interface between donor-funded programs and their private-sector partners, and how the partnerships that emerge can be an engine driving systemic change.
Jul 09, 2019
This post offers recommendations on managing the shifts in culture, management and partnering needed when a project shifts from providing direct services to a facilitative market systems approach.
Jul 08, 2019
In Moldova, the “golden triangle” of collaboration among industry, government, and academia is transforming the technology sector. Here’s the recipe for success from the Moldova Competitiveness Project.
In a five-part blog series, the Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security project examines how the enabling environment shapes market systems outcomes. Each post spotlights a key area of the relationship and its relevance to informed program design and smart interventions.
This post explores the role of the enabling environment — the political economy in particular — in influencing the transition from personal exchange to impersonal exchange as a crucial step toward market transformation.
Jun 06, 2019
In June, we're excited to take a look at political economy analysis (PEA), a development approach to inform programs and project activities from a politically-minded place. PEAs can help practitioners answer questions about how and why things happen, to effectively manage resources, and better...
May 31, 2019
In Nigeria, a Pay-for-Results prize competition incents use of Aflasafe to combat aflatoxin contamination and drive demand for higher-quality maize.