Market Development

2014 SEEP Annual Conference: Scaling Impact in Inclusive Market Systems

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The SEEP Network
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Sep 22, 2014 (All day) to Sep 25, 2014 (All day)

One in three people in the world live in poverty. One in five live in extreme poverty. Transformative solutions with potential for large-scale impact are needed. Inclusive pro-poor market systems − including financial markets − offer pathways out of poverty to large numbers of poor and vulnerable people.

The Operational Guide for Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) Approach

The Guide is intended to provide an accessible operational resource to help put the M4p approach into practice. 
The Guide is the third in a trio of documents about the Making Markets Work for the poor (M4p) approach. The first – the Synthesis – introduces the approach. The second – the Perspectives – explores the application of M4P in a number of different fields. The emphasis of the Guide is on how to implement M4P, but it builds on the first and second documents and assumes that the reader has some familiarity with them. 
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Perspectives on Progress: The Impact Investor Survey

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Savings Groups on the Pathway to Graduation: PSNP Plus in Ethiopia

USAID commissioned a series of case studies to examine interventions and approaches to creating pathways out of poverty that either “pushed” the very poor towards productive engagement in markets and/or “pulled” the poor into markets. This case study, written by Ben Fowler Consulting Inc.

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Case Study

The Role of Youth Skills Development in the Transition to Work: A Global Review

The World Bank’s World Development Report of 2007, Development and the Next Generation, examines the choices made by youth 15–24 years of age in education, work, health, family formation, and citizenship and how these choices shape the future well-being of individuals and nations. As part of the background preparation for this study of youth transitions, this paper was prepared examining the role played by skills development in the transition from school to work.

Integrating Very Poor Producers into Value Chains Field Guide

The Integrating Very Poor Producers into Value Chains Field Guide provides the field-level practitioner with tools and applications to reach very poor households. The intended outcome of the Field Guide is to have greater market engagement for very poor households through enterprise development activities.

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Small-scale farming and youth in an era of rapid rural change

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Mobiles for Youth Workforce Development Landscape Review

Youth make up 17 percent of the world’s population and 40 percent of the world’s unemployed, according to the International Labor Organization. A number of factors combine to make sustainable, decent employment an enormous challenge for youth the world over, including low levels of education and technical skills, slow job growth, lack of information about available jobs, and difficulties accessing financial capital to start small enterprises.

Young People, Agriculture, and Transformation in Rural Africa: An “Opportunity Space” Approach

In this essay we argue that entrepreneurship-based policy and programmes to address the jobs challenge facing young people in rural Africa need to be much more firmly grounded. Specifically, in terms of expectations, design and implementation they must take explicit account of the highly diverse and changing rural and social realities within which young people both find themselves and help to fashion.

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