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Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems


What's All the Fuss About? How USAID Is Embracing Systems Thinking With Supporting Frameworks and Tools

Nov 9, 2016 (Wed), 9:00am-10:30am (EST)


Watch and learn as our experts present and share the findings from a multi-year trial conducted by the USAID-funded Leveraging Economic Opportunities (LEO) project that applied various 'complexity-aware' monitoring tools in Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, Georgia and Mozambique in order to assess their utility for capturing systemic change. We will also explore USAID’s latest thinking about systems in the program cycle, including discussions of the new ADS201 and 5Rs Framework.


Presenter Bio:

Ben Fowler
MarketShare Associates

Ben FowlerBen Fowler is a Principal Consultant for MarketShare Associates. He works to facilitate the development of inclusive market systems in Africa and Latin America, and specializes in the set-up and implementation of learning systems that support program improvement. Ben has published guidance on how to use the value chain approach to alleviate food security and benefit vulnerable populations. He has consulted for entities including the World Bank Group, McKinsey & Co., KPMG and DFID. 

Tjip Walker

Tjip WalkerTjip Walker is the Senior Policy Advisor for Local Systems in the Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning (PPL) at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He is currently leading Agency efforts to promote sustained development through greater attention to local systems: the constellations of local actors—public and private, national and grassroots, organizations and individuals—whose interactions produce development outcomes. Walker holds a Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University, a Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University, and a life-long commitment to harnessing analysis to improve development practice.

Kim Beevers
Sierra Leone Opportunities for Business Action (SOBA)

Kim BeeversKim Beevers specializes in complex market systems and last-mile business and investment initiatives for frontier markets. Kim is most interested in commercial and start-up solutions that chip away at big problems in difficult places. She is currently the Portfolio Director and technical lead for Sierra Leone Opportunities for Business Action (SOBA), a market systems and private sector development initiative implemented by Adam Smith International.


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