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Local Systems Framework Learning Note and Presentation - Experiences from the USAID/Honduras Funded Transforming Market Systems (TMS) Activity

Jacob Gray, Dun Grover, Sergio Rivas

Case Story

This case story and presentation was developed from a collaboration between the USAID/Honduras funded Monitoring and Evaluation Support for Collaboration Learning and Adaptation (MESCLA) and Transforming Market Systems (TMS) activities to document and share experiences and lessons learned using the 5Rs systems framework in the design and implementation of the TMS activity.

The case story documents integration of the 5Rs framework across three levels of activity design and implementation: 1) Activity Solicitation and Contract; 2) Design and Implementation of Activity Inception Phase; 3) Design of the Activity ME&L Framework. The document concludes with a brief discussion of the benefits, challenges, and opportunities for use of the 5Rs framework in design, implementation, ME&L of development activities seeking to affect systemic change.


The attached powerpoint is from a MESCLA, TMS and USAID/Honduras team presentation to the Local Systems Network on October 23, 2018. 

Background: The Transforming Market Systems (TMS) Activity

USAID/Honduras recently awarded a five-year (2018-2023) activity – Transforming Market Systems (TMS) to foster competitive, resilient, and inclusive market systems that provide increased economic opportunities that incorporate poor, marginalized Hondurans and reduce incentives to migrate.

TMS applies a market systems development approach to tackle the root causes behind the vicious cycles that marginalize people and businesses and identify leverage points that result in virtuous new ways of doing business and expanded economic opportunities.

The activity is a single-award IDIQ. The unique design of this activity includes a 6-month inception phase under the first task order. Within the inception phase, the TMS team is implementing a collaborative, co-creation process with USAID, other public, and private sector actors for the design and development of approaches, actions, methods and tools which will be used during the inception phase and life of activity to identify, test, implement, monitor, and evaluate activity effects on fostering competitive, resilient, and inclusive market systems. The Local Systems Framework is one tool the TMS team has been using during inception phase.  

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