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Show Me the Data: Serial Entrepreneurs and Toddler Firms

Mon, January 8, 2018
Anastasia de Santos
Economist, Trade & Regulatory Reform Office
Recent evidence about firm size and likelihood of growth seems conflicting, with important implications for the kind of program designs donors may seek to support.

Insights from Participatory Evaluation Processes: Adapting to Local Demands

Thu, October 12, 2017
Nick Aveling, Stuart Coupe, and Peter Harlock
Hand In Hand International And VisionFund International
Even the most well-designed projects run up against reality, requiring an adaptive management approach.

When Sequencing Matters: Why We Changed our Theory of Change

Wed, March 30, 2016
Leanne Rasmussen
Manager, Private Sector Development
Why one agricultural inputs activity revised their change theory to prioritize and sequence interventions.

Show Me the “Real” Data

Wed, May 27, 2015
Usman Iqtidar
Knowledge Management Specialist
Feed the Future Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development Project
Does the existing data vindicate donors’ reliance on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as effective vehicles of economic growth? Yes. Is it reliable and valid? Probably not.

Where are all the Rural Wage Workers? On Labor-Blindness and Its Causes

Wed, April 1, 2015
Bernd Mueller
Rural Employment Expert
Why are there such stark discrepancies between official statistics and specialized market research on wage labor? FAO's Bernd Mueller explains.

Seminar Recap: Leveraging Labor Market Assessment Tools

Mon, March 2, 2015
Catie Peters
Communications Specialist
Feed The Future Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development Project
FHI 360’s Workforce Connections presented a set of open-source tools developed during a labor market assessment in Zimbabwe.

Savings Groups and Skills Development: A Pathway for Youth Economic Strengthening

Tue, January 20, 2015
Plan Canada
Plan Canada assesses the benefits of the Youth Microfinance Project as well as its effect on youth economic empowerment.

Systemic Change: Means or Ends?

Tue, December 16, 2014
Elizabeth Dunn
Research Economist
Elizabeth Dunn investigates questions around systemic change in market systems.

Implications of Market Systems for Project Design

Tue, December 2, 2014
Jeanne Downing
Independent Consultant and Market Systems Specialist
Jeanne Downing explores her interest in two market systems design activities: the analysis of the problem upfront and dynamic programming.