What evidence is there for the impact of market systems development?
The strength (or weakness) of evidence to support use of the market systems approach is a topic that always provokes heated debate.
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USAID’s Agricultural Value Chains Project (AVC), implemented by DAI, has explored the factors that limit development of Bangladesh’s mid-stream segments and identified targeted areas for intervention to begin to work around these barriers and catalyze transformation in the mid-stream.
If you work in a development programme, there is a high chance that the media can help you achieve your goals. Yet out of the 31 projects using a markets systems approach we identified worldwide, only a quarter have chosen media outlets as partners.
Poultry farming is a widely practiced agricultural activity with a high potential for poverty reduction, enhancing food security for the poor and women’s position in the household and society in Tanzania.
The global wave of refugees and displaced persons presents an overwhelming challenge to agencies, NGOs and supporting services driven by conflicts and environmental crises. Traditional donor dependency and relief models look less and less sustainable in a world of economic downturns and donor fatigue. There has to be a new way forward backed by the private sector and civil society, where refugees become economic actors with rights, instead of helpless dependents.