Monday, April 8, 2019:
Pre-Symposium Training Workshops (optional extra)
(Select from one of the trainings below. See Training page for more details)
- SYSTEMS THINKING & COMPLEXITY: How to use systems thinking and complexity in our work in market systems development - Delivered by Mesopartner
- POLITICAL ECONOMY ANALYSIS (PEA): Application of a political economy analysis to guide market systems development strategies - Delivered by Fintrac with funding from the Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security project
- YOUTH EMPLOYMENT & EMPLOYABILITY: Applying the MSD approach to Labour Market Development - Delivered by Helvetas
- INPUT SUPPLY & OUTPUT BUYER MARKET SYSTEM TACTICS: Practical field-based market development tactics - Delivered by EcoVentures International
Join us for a Networking Cocktail Event on Tuesday, April 9th from 5pm-7pm. Venue: TBD
Tuesday - Thursday, April 9-11, 2019:
Approach: The Symposium uses deep dive discussions, tools clinics, thematic sessions, debate series, and structured networking contexts to deepen the questions most relevant to market systems development approaches, and raise the hard-to-discuss issues most critical to moving our practice forward. (There will be hardly a PowerPoint or panel discussion in sight!) Each day will be structured as follows:
- Opening Plenary: Exploring Frontiers - 9am - 10:30am
- Breakout Sessions: Hot Topics - 11am - 12:30pm
- Lunch: Facilitated Networking and Informal Networking - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
- Breakout Clinic Series: Key Tools & Concepts - 1:30pm - 2:30pm
- In-depth Consultations: Pressing & Most Cutting-Edge Issues - 2:30pm - 3:30pm
- Closing Plenary: Asking the Hard Questions - 4pm - 5pm
Theme: ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT
The Adaptive Management thematic series, hosted by RTI and featuring examples from many organizations, will explore adaptive management that includes issues related to internal management of a team, tools and tactics that allows for more effective knowledge to drive adaptive decision making, and how formal mechanisms, such as contracts and grants hinder or help adaptive approaches. Examples of sessions:
Theme: MARKET SYSTEMS RESILIENCE
The Market Systems Resilience theme, hosted by ACDI/VOCA and featuring examples from many organizations, will focus on emergent efforts to look at resilience – especially of market systems themselves - through systemic lenses. Initial efforts have highlighted the importance of systemic biases/mental models in shaping how the system and individual actors respond to and recover from shocks and stresses. These sessions will highlight some of these early findings, discuss what’s new and what’s not, debate convergence and divergence in perspectives, and dive into programming and measurement implications for practitioners - especially those implementing economic growth initiatives. Participant contributions will shape on-going learning on how stronger attention to MSR can shape programming that helps households, enterprises and industries better handle a range of stresses and shocks, while systems continue to evolve in ways that reduce the need for communities to manage/absorb stresses and shocks in isolation.
Theme: APPLICATION OF SYSTEMS THINKING BEYOND AGRICULTURE
The Non-Agricultural Market Systems theme, hosted by Habitat for Humanity's Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter, and featuring examples from many organizations, will focus on pulling together multiple threads that have emerged as increasingly important. Non-agricultural market systems, like construction and housing, are central to long term economic growth and shifting demographics. Recent analysis of labor movements have shown additional insights into how market systems are evolving that often runs counter to donor assumptions. Exploring these and other issues related to how the application of systems thinking and lenses can inform and guide practitioners as they intervene in non-agricultural market systems.
Theme: APPLYING A MARKET SYSTEMS LENS TO PRIVATE SECTOR ENGAGEMENT
Private sector engagement is increasingly seen as a key tool for development, not just in the economic growth space, but across development sectors. In 2016 private investment accounted for 84 percent of financial flows to developing countries, compared to only 29 percent in the 1960’s when USAID was founded. Market systems development clearly includes engagement with the private sector, but what distinguishes those engagements from engagements outside of a market systems approach? The answer to this question gives great insight into how to best engage with the private sector to achieve development impact at scale while minimize distortion from our intervention in the market system.
CLINIC SERIES (Key tools & Concepts) - Concurrent Sessions run over three days
- EXPLORING COMPLEX SPACES: This clinic will provide tools, frameworks, tactics for working in complex spaces.
- RE-ORIENTATING MARKET STRUCTURES THAT SMALLHOLDERS MOST RELY ON: Open / Spot Markets: This clinic will cover strategies, conditions and tools to catalyze more equitable/value add open market platforms/mechanisms in open (spot) markets.
- PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT: As part of the overall process of managing a portfolio of market systems interventions, we will explore practical tips and tactics for organizing, facilitating and putting into practice the strategic decisions of a portfolio review.
- LABOR MARKET ANALYSIS: This clinic will cover ideas and tools to provide a systemic understanding of labor markets dynamics.
- IMPROVING MARKET ACTOR COOPERATION: STAKEHOLDER DIALOGUE METHODOLOGIES & CO-CREATION PROCESSES: This clinic will discuss methods for managing multi-stakeholder processes and dialogues, including why this is a key function to institute within a market system, and will cover a framework for selecting and managing co-creation processes.
- SYSTEMIC THINKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES: This clinic will explore the use of systems lenses when catalyzing improved access to financial services.
- POLITICAL ECONOMY ANALYSIS: This clinic will focus on explaining what a political economy analysis and why it is useful when trying to understand systems.
- NETWORK ANALYSIS: This clinic will provide an overview of network mapping processes from rigorous to participatory mapping tools and their application in various project contexts.
- CHANGE WHEEL: A TOOL FOR SYSTEMS' PRACTITIONERS: This clinic will explore the various ways projects can use The Change Wheel as a tool in guiding adaptive management decisions.
- CLA (COLLABORATION, LEARNING & ADAPTATION): This clinic will explore emerging best practices in applying CLA in projects.
- MEASURING SECONDARY BENEFICIARIES: This clinic will explore tools and tactics to measure secondary beneficiaries.
- SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT & STRUCTURED TRADE: This clinic will cover criteria for and tools to catalyze more effective/value structured supply chains/outgrower schemes.
- OPERATIONS AND PROCUREMENT: This clinic will cover tactics and mechanisms/processes for allowing more flexible processes to be used that are also compliant.
- IMPACT INVESTING: This clinic will cover strategies and tactics related to impact investing.
- MESO ORGANIZATIONS; KEY LEVERS OF SYSTEMIC CHANGE AND ADAPTATION: This clinic will explore the definition of the role of meso organizations in a change process complex within a market systems.
- COMPLEXITY AWARE MONITORING AND EVALUATION: This clinic will explore additional principles and tools to manage complexity when investing in monitoring and evaluation.
- CATALYZING ATTRACTORS: This clinic will explore tactics to catalyze and amplify attractors in a systemic change strategy.
- SENSE MAKING, DECIDING AND ADAPTING: This clinic will discuss tools for uncovering patterns and gaining insights into complex systems.
- RETAIL DISTRIBUTION: This clinic will cover conditions and tools to catalyze more equitable/value add retail distribution systems.
- ORIENTING TEAMS TO SYSTEMS THINKING: This clinic will cover tools and tactics to orient new teams around system thinking and reinforce it in practice.
- SYSTEMS THINKING AND NUTRITION: This clinic will explore the use of systemic lenses in nutrition programs.
- WORKING WITH PUBLIC ORGANIZATIONS AND GOVERNMENT FOR SYSTEMIC CHANGE: This clinic will explore experience in working with public and government organizations/departments to apply systemic lenses/catalyze systemic change.
- OUTCOME HARVESTING: This clinic will explore the practice of outcome harvesting including when to use it and what limitations it may have.
- ROI – A FRAMEWORK FOR MANAGING DYNAMICS FACILITATION: This clinic will explore the use of the Relationship, Ownership, and Intensity (ROI) framework that helps practitioners facilitate more effectively in dynamic environment.
- DESIGNING SYSTEMIC CHANGE PROJECTS: This clinic will explore experience in designing market development projects based on systems thinking principles including the challenges and lessons of on how best to embrace uncertainty.
- A TOOL FOR DYNAMIC MANAGEMENT OF PROJECT PARTNERS: SELF-SELECTION: This clinic will explore the use of self-selection guidance and principles to amplify targeted behaviors of market actors.
IN-DEPTH CONSULTATIONS: Pressing & Most Cutting-Edge Issues (each consultation to be run across 3 days)
- Systemic lenses applied to farmer empowerment: This consultation will explore the risks, benefits, and considerations around more traditional farmer group and empowerment efforts and how the use of more systemic lenses can be useful in these contexts.
- Market systems development in conflict affected regions: This consultation will explore emerging lessons when applying systems thinking approaches in conflict affected areas.
- Building effective learning teams: This consultation will explore challenges and opportunities around building effective teams that include learning strategically, operating culture, management philosophy, etc.
- Financial Systems development: This consultation will explore challenges and opportunities related to systemic change in the financial services markets.
- Technological disruptions and potential shifts in the pathway to middle income status: This consultation will explore emerging challenges that are calling into question long-held assumptions about the pathway to middle-income status such the role of automation in expected labor shifts from agriculture to manufacturing.
- Being a donor in the 22nd century: This consultation will explore important and emergent trends, challenges and opportunities that are likely to have a substantial impact on how donors investment in the coming decades.
- Taking Learning Seriously: The Challenge for International Development: This consultation will consider attribution, contribution, evidence, and the use of third party evaluators in feeding into learning and assessments.
- Gender from a systems' perspective: This consultation will focus on how to apply a systemic lens to gender equity challenges.
- Youth from a systems' perspective: This consultation will explore the use of systemic lenses when catalyzing improved participation by youth in markets.
- Urbanization versus Smallholder Empowerment: Evidence continues to mount that the pathway to middle income status runs through urban spaces that can create high value work opportunities and diversified connections that catalyze ongoing innovation. Rural communities, however, remain an important backbone for many developing countries and helping those communities to thrive as part of their country’s development story is important.
- The Changing Face of Funding Development: The role of Traditional Donors, Private Sector Investment, Private Foundations, Governments, and Individual Donors: Exploring shifting incentives as influenced by the source of funding.
INDUSTRY RESEARCH & LIVE POLLS
Research areas to be released soon!