In order to provide continuity between the annual symposiums, a series of events, both in-person and online, have been taking place. The purpose of these events is to continue discussions and conversations around emerging market systems topics and to help shape the agenda for the following year's symposium. Some events are by invitation only for participants of previous symposiums, and some are open to the public.
International training: Introduction to Market Systems Development and Local Economic Development
Do you want to learn about how to effectively use Market Systems Development (MSD) and Local Economic Development (LED) in your project?
This training will provide a comprehensive introduction to the two approaches, drawing from both theory and many years of implementation experience. Participants will be able to choose a focus on either MSD or LED during the training, depending on their specific requirements:
The training will also equip you with frameworks and processes to face uncertainty and manage projects adaptively.
ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT FOR MARKET SYSTEMS -
DRAWING ON PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE
The Market Systems Symposium, in partnership with RTI International, hosted a facilitated discussion on adaptive management for market systems. The discussion focused on a growing body of tools and tactics that practitioners are employing to manage what can be a tricky landscape of donor needs, organizational expectations, as well as emerging best practices of systems thinking approaches that demand effective adaptation. Participants heard about a number of ways in which projects and donors have succeeded in fostering improved adaptive capacity, which seeded further discussion at the 2019 Symposium and lead to a robust set of recommendations and tools available to the industry. The session covered the following topics:
• Adapting indicators and targets
• Adapting procurements and partnerships
• Adapting teams
The session was facilitated by Liz Eckert, RTI International, and Mike Field, EcoVentures International. They were joined by Ken Smarzik, of USAID/Haiti’s Leveraging Value Chain Enhancement (LEVE) project, amongst others, to contextualize the discussion with on-the-ground insights and strategies.
MARKET SYSTEMS APPROACHES TO SUPPORT HOUSING & CONSTRUCTION MARKETS
The Market Systems Symposium, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity's Terwilliger Center for Innovation, hosted a discussion on why housing systems development is essential to effective economic development. The discussion included input on the process that the Terwilliger Center is using to improve the way market systems work in the housing and construction markets of India. The discussion closed through a consultation with participants, where they fed in their experiences using market systems approaches in the development of construction and housing markets.
This discussion was hosted by:
SYMPOSIUM ALUMNI NAIROBI NETWORKING EVENT
A networking event took place in Nairobi, Kenya in November 2018, hosted by EcoVentures International. This event brought together past participants of the Market Systems Symposium 2018 as well as development practitioners interested in joining the discussion and conversation at the Market Systems Symposium 2019.
SYMPOSIUM 2019 CO-CREATION WORKSHOP
Key technical experts and influencers in the market systems development space based in Washington, D.C. convened for this invitation-only co-creation event to influence the agenda of the 2019 Market Systems Symposium. Key highlights & reflections from the 2018 Symposium were shared, and interactive discussions took place on which thematic areas should be included in the 2019 Symposium.