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Market Facilitation Peer-Learning Event Materials


“We’ve identified that we have the same challenges within our projects... For us, it was good to hear that we’re hurting in the same place and comforting to see that we have the same ideas to try and tackle these problems. We plan to continue sharing more learning between our projects in this way."

-- Peer-learning event participant

In close collaboration with USAID's Bureau for Food Security, the Leveraging Economic Opportunities (LEO) project organizes Market Facilitation Peer-Learning Events aimed at sharing learning and experiences among Implementation Partners (IPs) in order to strengthen collaboration, learning and adaptation of market facilitation approaches in the region.

Market Facilitation Peer-Learning Events focus on the approaches, outcomes and challenges of value chain and market systems development within the context of USAID programming. By bringing together IPs from the same region, the events aim to stimulate peer-learning communities around market facilitation approaches. Key practitioners in the region explore ways to improve the quality and consistency of market facilitation approaches in a country or region and learn from what is working, what isn't and why.

The first of these took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from October 2-3, 2014 and Lusaka, Zambia from October 6-7, 2014. Participants were comprised of senior technical representatives from USAID IPs that were involved in agricultural value chain development projects using market facilitation approaches (focusing on, but not limited to, Feed the Future funded projects) in the region. The events intentionally limited participation to ensure high-level interaction and discussion. The intention was for the events to act as a launching pad for continued technical support to other country-level projects and an even larger number of implements. Participants provided input on key areas of focus for the event.

Foundational resources:
    •    A Framework for Inclusive Market System Development
    •    Agricultural Transformation and the Role of the Multiplier
    •    Navigating Complexity
    •    Rural and Agricultural Innovations: Taking Stock of Five Years of Innovations
    •    Understanding and Improving Knowledge Management Systems in Development
    •    Understanding Facilitation (Briefing Paper)

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