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The SEEP Network
Annual Conference

September 19 - 21, 2016

Enterprise & Market Development

Market facilitation techniques to develop market systems and strengthen value chains have become increasingly integrated into economic and private sector programming. With a focus on targeting benefits to the poor, practitioners continue to test and adapt enterprise development and value chain development strategies to create economic environments conducive to the increased participation of the poor or to strengthen systems in which many of the poor are already operating. Practitioners have put theory and frameworks to practice, and are discovering design, implementation, and assessment realities that are critical considerations in moving this area of practice forward and identifying gaps that still need to be addressed.

You can also have a look at the Plenary Session: Private Sector Partnerships and Inclusive Markets


A New Take on Capacity Building for Market Facilitation
The success of market development programs lies heavily in the hands of Market Facilitators who often lack the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed. The four grantees of the USAID funded New Partners in Value Chain Development Program pilot tested an innovative approach to capacity building with the Market Facilitation Mentoring (MFM) Program, in which learning takes place on-the-job and through mentoring.  The Mentors help guide the learning process, ensuring that trainees learn, practice, reflect upon and apply lessons learned. Join us to learn how the program can be effectively utilized by diverse organizations in a wide variety of settings.

Power point available here.

 Linking Health and Market Development for the Poor
Collaboration of market development and health sectors is needed to more effectively integrate programs and interventions and improve health market performance to advance sustainable health outcomes.  This workshop examines some examples of how microfinance and enterprise development practitioners are working across sectors to link clients to sustainable, cost effective, health interventions resulting in reduced deaths from malaria, increased access to water and sanitation, and improved capacity of health providers serving the poor. It also facilitates further learning and knowledge about overcoming challenges and improving practices in the integration of health and economic strengthening approaches, ultimately improving health strategies.

 Engaging the Private Sector: Models, Challenges, and Lessons
Partnering with the private sector is central to enterprise and market development. However, there are different models of engaging with the private sector such as: mobilizing them as donors; supporting more inclusive supply chains; marketing products and services to the bottom of the pyramid; or promoting new technologies and business innovation. This workshop - based on the experiences of Swisscontact, CSISA, CARE and Karisimbi Partners - discusses these different engagement models and identify challenges, risks and key success factors for each model. The workshop concludes with a harvesting of common issues and areas for further action learning and research.

Power point available here.

 Helping Impoverished Farming Communities to Help Themselves: 
Innovative Methods for Developing Farmer Skills and Accessing Profitable Markets

A majority of poor households are in rural areas with over 70% relying on agriculture for income. They represent a huge unsatisfied demand of smallholders needing extension services and access to markets. Three development organizations (ACDI/VOCA, CARE, Practical Action) have implemented solutions that build the capacity of rural communities to deliver extension services and to access markets. ACDI/VOCA shares lessons from implementing Sell More For More in East Africa. CARE/Practical Action presents results from use of thePAT/Kamayoqs methodology in Peru. This highly interactive workshop invites participants to share opinions through the use of ‘clicker’ response devices.

Power point available here.

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