e+i Network Discussions on Private Sector Development

 
e+i Network Discussions on Private Sector Development

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​​2018: "e-consultation on Local Economic Development (LED) in SDC"  

 There is a renewed interest within SDC for approaches that focus on strengthening local and territorial economic development processes. The interest comes both from the e+i perspective but also from the perspective of decentralisation and local governance. This is why this webminar and the subsequent e-discussion are organised as a collaboration between the e+i and DDLG Networks. As a reaction to the interest in LED, the e+i network has done a stock taking on current understanding and trends in LED.

Now we want to share the result of the stock taking with you and get your feedback. The e-consultation kicked off on 13 March with webinars in three languages (E, FR, SP), presenting the stock-taking and a number of case studies from within SDC.

Click below to see the recordings from the 3 webinars on the 13th of March.


Following the webinars, Maja Rüegg and Marcus Jenal of the e+i Network backstopping team will facilitate an e-discussion that will allow you to ask questions and contribute with your expericenes with LED approaches. The e-discussion runs from 14 to 23 March and discuss questions that come out of the webinars as well as questions around the usefulness of LED approaches both from an economic development and a local governance perspective.

>> Synthesis of the e-discussion on Local Economic Development

>> An overview of SDC's engagement in Local Economic Development (stock taking)

​​2017: "Dynamic e-consultation on the revised guidance for managing Market Systems Development (MSD) projects in SDC​" 

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​​2014: "Administrative and project cycle management challenges when implementing Market Systems Development / M4P projects"

From 10 March to 2 April 2014, an e-discussion was held on "Administrative and project cycle management challenges when implementing Market Systems Development / M4P projects". The discussion was part of a larger initiative of SDC's e+i network to develop internal guidlines for effectively managing MSD/M4P projects.
>> ​​Synthesis of the e-discussion on managing MSD/M4P projects​​
>> Internal guidance document for SDC staff for managing MSD/M4P projects

​​2012: "Women's Economic Empowerment in PSD and M4P programmes", "M4P and Rural Advisory Systems", "M4P and Governance"


The first e-learning cycle in 2012 took place in March/April and discussed the topic of Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE) in PSD and M4P programmes. In particular, it dealt with the question of "How can the Making Markets Work for the Poor Framework work for poor women and for poor men?" which is based on a discussion paper "M4P Women Economic Empowerment Framework " prepared by Dr. Linda Jones by the M4P hub on behalf of SDC. For quick readers: An input paper was prepared by the facilitators for download.

>> ​Synthesis paper of the e-discussion on WEE

The second e-learning cycle took place in June on the topic of Rural Advisory Services (RAS) and M4P. It was the first joint e-discussion of the two SDC thematic networks Agriculture and Food Security (A+FS) and employment and income (e+i), building on a joint session of both networks in May 2012 during the face-to-face event of the A+FS network in Switzerland.

>> Synthesis paper of the RAS & M4P e-discussion in E​nglish, French and Spanish
>> Reactions to the e-discussion

The third e-learning cycle is being held from 17 Sept to 5 Oct 2012 on the topic of mainstreaming governance in M4P. An input paper is provided to the participants as a starting point for the discussions. For further background reading, participants can consult a working paper on Value Chain Governance by Martin Dietz.

>> ​S​​​ynthesis paper of the e-discussion on Governance and M4P

​​2011: "facilitation of change in a M4P programme", "M4P in fragile contexts – the reality check", "Result Measurement in M4P programmes"

Based on the great experience in 2010 we have continued our e-learning cycle focusing on relevant topics in the field of implementing M4P. We wanted to keep the momentum for exchange and learning among practitioners in M4P. As you may be aware we are already a community of 140 practitioners subscribed to our e-learning cycles on M4P.

This year we have organised our e-debates around the face-to-face event in May 2011 in Bern (in which many of you have participated). They are complementary to the e-debates of the DFID/SDC/SIDA supported M4P HUB that has launched a debate on M4P's utility in post-conflict environments that you may join under http://www.m4phub​.org/; it was also discussed at our May f2f event.

Accordingly, there have been three e-discussion cycles in 2011 (that have been subject to intermediate verification at the f2f event):

The first e-learning cycle was held in March/ April 2011. It dealt with the question of "facilitation of change in M4P programmes"; based on few hypotheses from the M4P e-discussion synthesis paper 2010: "​​Working Paper on: Faciliating change in M4P programmes​​"​ (full version in English or summaries in English, French and Spanish).
>> Sy​nthesis Paper of the first e-learning cycle

The second e-learning cycle was held in June/ July 2011: "Limiting Factors for applying M4P approach"; follow-up, deepening and review of practical aspects from the topic "M4P in fragile contexts" from the face-to-face event in May 2011.
>> ​Synthesis Paper of the second e-learning cycle

The third e-learning cycle, in August/ September 2011 looked at: "Results measurement in M4P programmes – an experts hotline"; follow-up of the training sessions during the May event 2011 and online clinic for results measurement challenges.
>> S​​​ynthesis of the e-discussion incl. interactive Webinar with RM experts
>> Third e-learning cycle: m​ajor messages (English) and mensajes principales (Español) and principaux messages (Français).

The objective of these e-learning cycles is to create new ideas by sharing information and experiences with practitioners and users of M4P all over the world. SDC collaborators at head office, in the cooperation offices as well as project collaborators and strategic partner organisations discuss about those questions. We will develop synthesis papers and conclusions for each discussion cycle. In working groups we also aim at producing small tools (such as checklists and guiding documents) that are useful for our work.

Would you like to participate in the discussion and are not yet subscribed to the discussion group on Private Sector Development? Do you have any questions? Send an email to Carsten Schulz from AGRIDEA (carsten.schulz@agridea.ch)

​​2010: planning, implementing and evaluating projects and programs related to M4P and VCD


In 2010 the E+I network had launched a series of three e-learning cycles on M4P and Value Chain Development. Its purpose was a lively exchange forum that supported you in your daily work – when planning, implementing and evaluating projects and programs related to M4P and Value Chain Development (VCD). It aimed not only at fostering a common understanding on M4P and VCD, but also at the exchange and learning around the globe about the key milestones, barriers, challenges and good practices.

The first e-learning cycle was held in March/ April 2010, on **Planning** – setting up a Value Chain or M4P programme. 
Available now: the synthesis of the first e-learning cycle

The second e-learning cycle has taken place in June/ July 2010, on **Implementing** - coordinating - facilitating a Value Chain or M4P program: what does that actually mean? Who has good experiences?
Available now: the synthesis of the second e-learning cycle

The third e-learning cycle was held in August/ September 2010, on **Monitoring** – result measurement on outcome or even impact level: How can I assess change? Is it possible to monitor or follow change? What needs to be prepared and what tools and approaches exist? Who has good experiences?
Input paper for this cycle on "Asssessing Change in M4P".
Synthesis paper

The objective of all e-learning cycles was to create new ideas by sharing information and experiences with practitioners and users of M4P all over the world. SDC collaborators at head office, in the cooperation offices as well as project collaborators and strategic partner organisations have discussed about those questions. The facilitator team (Carsten Schulzcarsten.schulz@agridea.ch & Daniel Roduner from Agridea – Switzerland) have developed the above mentioned synthesis papers and conclusions for each discussion cycles.