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Associate Spencer Parsons

Spencer Parsons is an associate in Chemonics’ Economic Growth and Trade Practice.

Blog Posts by Spencer Parsons

Tracking Distortions Versus Designing for Disruption

This post originally appeared on the SEEP Network. What is the difference between a market distortion and a market disruption, and do we need to track data differently in these contexts? These are the fundamental questions that panelists at the 2018 SEEP Annual Conference session, M&E for Markets: Building Evidence, Tracking Distortions, and Measuring Success tried to answer. In…

Ukraine’s Most Celebrated Watermelons Spark Unexpected Reform

This activity was one of the four winners of Chemonics’ recent Market Systems and Youth Enterprise Development Innovation Contest within the market systems track. This post originally appeared on Marketlinks. It is not often that a pilot activity to improve a market system ends up capturing the imagination of a nation. Yet, when a barge loaded…

Making Development Dollars Go Further

Achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 will not be easy — or cheap. It is estimated that an extra $2.5 trillion in funding will be needed to achieve the SDGs by 2030. Soon after the goals were finalized in 2015, it became clear that traditional philanthropy and official development assistance at its current levels would…