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Market Facilitation Clinics: A "How to" Manual
Market Facilitation Clinics are a method that brings together market development practitioners to help each other overcome practical and urgent challenges. This publication outlines Market Facilitation Clinics, and serves as a "how to" manual to support practitioners to learn, collaborate, and address shared challenges. … Read More ›
Growing Together: Strengthening Micro-Enterprises in Value Chains
This report highlights the key challenges microenterprises face and the transformational opportunity to take a collaborative, market system approach to enabling micro-enterprises to thrive. It also provides a guide to the five success factors that are critical for strengthening micro-enterprise market systems through collaboration.… Read More ›
Getting to Scale: Lessons in Reaching Scale in Private Sector Development Programmes
This paper looks at the experience of getting to scale in Private Sector Development (PSD) programmes. In the PSD space, over the last two decades much thinking has been done about how best to reach scale. There has been a clear shift from ‘direct delivery’ models, whereby programmes directly provide products and services to the poor, to working with local actors, both public and private, to improve their ability and willingness to provide products and services to the poor themselves (or through intermediaries).… Read More ›
Achieving Large Scale Smallholder Impact: A Case Study in Kenya
A pressing challenge facing smallholder agricultural development projects is how to achieve substantial positive socioeconomic gains at the population level, cost effectively. This question points to a necessary focus on impact, scale, and efficiency. The solution may be found in the commercial diffusion of practical technologies to a critical mass of rural smallholder farmers, enabling them to meet market demand, thereby stimulating investment in new services from local private sector providers.… Read More ›
Increasing Smallholder Access, Availability, and Utilization of Agro-Inputs in Cambodia
Expanded uptake of modern agro-inputs by smallholder farmers is inarguably a key to improving agricultural productivity and competitiveness. Challenges often include rural supply of inputs (availability), farmer ability to purchase inputs (access), and farmer capacity to appropriately apply inputs to optimize their benefits (utilization). In Cambodia, these challenges are particularly acute given the rudimentary nature of local input markets and the limited technical capacity of the smallholder farming sector.… Read More ›
Using Regression Analysis to Measure Sustainability: A Practical Tool for Evidence-Based Learning
Methods for measuring and monitoring systemic change in the agriculture sector have drawn increased attention in recent years. Good practice dictates that continual data analysis be integrated into management systems to enable evidence-based, adaptive learning. Yet in this data-driven age, practical methods for quantifying local actor investment and performance remain surprisingly underutilized by agricultural development project implementers.… Read More ›
Navigating Complexity: Adaptive Management at the Northern Karamoja Growth, Health, and Governance Program
Traditional project management practices work for ordered, albeit complicated, activities such as food distribution and the construction of infrastructure, where executing a predictable set of tasks will likely lead to a successful outcome. They fall woefully short in activities that aim to create systemic change, where programs must experiment, learn, and adapt.… Read More ›
Facilitating the Market for  Capacity Building Services
This Focus Note builds on the ideas discussed in “Facilitating Market Development to Advance Financial Inclusion” and addresses the capacity issues faced by retail financial service providers (see Box 1). Drawing on examples, this Focus Note addresses the question: what does it take to facilitate a sustainable, commercially viable market for capacity building services delivered to FSPs?… Read More ›
Assessing Systemic Change: Implementation Guidelines for the DCED Standard
The DCED Standard for Results Measurement recommends that practitioners capture wider changes in the system or market that they work in. Doing so will enable practitioners to learn more about the market system, track the emerging results of their intervention, and continually adapt their approach to maximize their impact. This document outlines a simple, flexible structure which will help programs using the DCED Standard to outline, review, and monitor a causal pathway to changes in the market.… Read More ›
Evaluating Systems and Systemic Change for Inclusive Market Development
There is increased interest in systems and systems thinking within the development community, based in part on an emerging recognition that scale, impact, and sustainability can all be linked to systemic change. Inclusive market system development, in particular, seeks to modify both the structure and dynamics of market systems in ways that contribute to inclusive growth. This report summarizes key findings from a review of selected literature on evaluating systems and systems change.… Read More ›
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