Shifting to Market System Facilitation Approaches

In this blog, a USAID Development Specialist discusses the organization’s shift in analytical framework from the value chain to the market system. Moving forward, USAID plans to implement their programs through a systems facilitation approach that prioritizes collaboration, learning, and adapting (CLA) for effective development at all levels. Since market systems are human systems, they are complex and adaptive. The systems facilitation approach and CLA build in local ownership from the start and allow development actors to try things, see what effect they have on the system and adjust until the desired outcome is reached.

Microlinks, October 2015