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Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems


Inclusive Market Systems Development Training

Sponsored by  SEEP


Kathmandu, Nepal
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Dec 6, 2016 (Tue) - Dec 9, 2016 (Fri), 9:00am-5:00pm


The SEEP Network has partnered with Pollen Group to offer an introductory course on inclusive market systems development (MSD) in thin markets such as highly underdeveloped markets with limited or distorted private sector engagement. The training will strengthen practitioner application of systems-thinking and facilitative approaches to program design and implementation. The outcome of this course is a more comprehensive understanding of how to instigate systemic change in thin markets, leading to more sustainable impact.

 During the training, we will use one continuous case study based in a thin market context as well as stand-alone examples to ground concepts, tools and frameworks introduced. The case will help practitioners distinguish vulnerable groups, identify leverage points, develop inclusive intervention strategies, spur non-distortive behaviour change among public and private sector market actors, and better understand and measure systemic change.

This training is targeted to all levels of staff, and will cover 6 main topics:

  1. The foundational concepts of market systems development;
  2. Frameworks to shape inclusive strategy and intervention design;
  3. How programmes can engage in thin market contexts and, within these contexts, target vulnerable or marginalized groups as beneficiaries of systemic change interventions;
  4. Tools and tactics on how to engage market actors while promoting ownership and sustainability;
  5. M&E for systemic change; and,
  6. Organizational processes for more flexible and adaptive programming.

 This training will employ experiential learning activities, with pragmatic application of frameworks, case studies, discussion groups, games, and more.



This training is aimed at all levels of staff, though is most applicable for mid to senior level managers of market systems programs that may have some familiarity with the approach but have not experienced an in-depth training on market systems, M4P, or facilitation. 

Participants will gain:

  • Strengthened understanding of complex systems, systems-theory, and its application to analyzing problems;
  • Increased knowledge of market systems facilitation tools and frameworks to strengthen the design of project intervention strategies;
  • Strengthened capacity on the use of facilitative tactics during project activities, including strengthening formal and informal feedback loops to inform learning and planning;
  • An understanding of thin markets versus thick markets, and how to engage marginalized and vulnerable populations.

Meet the Trainers:

  • Larissa Gross is a Senior Strategist with Pollen Group Consulting, working in market systems development in East Africa. Larissa is interested in applying complex systems theory to market contexts and working with practitioners to adapt to changing market dynamics. Larissa has been working in market systems development in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Liberia, and Ethiopia since June 2013 with previous experience with Engineers Without Borders (EWB) in Malawi in agricultural input distribution models. Before this she was Talent Coordinator at EWB’s National Office and completed her BEng in Sustainable and Renewable Energy at Carleton University, Canada.  

  • Christine Livet is a Senior Strategist with Pollen Group Consulting, with extensive experience working with market systems and facilitative programs in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. She specializes in organizational change management, developing performance management systems, and training/mentoring of field staff in market systems and facilitation. Prior to working with Pollen Group (as well as formerly under Engineers Without Borders Canada), Christine worked in the dairy sector in Nepal and with the Canadian donor agency supporting the design of economic growth policies and strategies. She studied international development and economics at the University of Ottawa.

Venue details

Hotel Manang
Kathmandu 44600, Nepal 

 Training Costs

  • SEEP Network Member: USD 720
  • Non SEEP Network Member: USD 900



 Interested in organizing this training in your region? Please contact programs@seepnetwork.org to discuss further.

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