Inclusive market development: Making market systems work better for poverty reduction
Practical Action Consulting (PAC) is holding a 2-day training workshop to introduce practitioners to the Participatory Market Systems Development (PMSD) approach at the SEEP Annual Conference in Washington DC. This technical training is aimed at enterprise and inclusive market development practitioners who wish to gain a greater understanding of Practical Action’s approach to inclusive market development and will take place on the 4th-5th November 2012.
Markets, whether for crops, livestock or labour, can act as a powerful platform to give marginalised farmers in developing countries, and those who provide services to them, access to valuable networks, technologies, experiences and assets that can help them work their way out of poverty.
However, markets can be plagued with inefficiency and inequality between different groups of people, especially in contexts where poverty is acute. This can be caused by a number of things, for example a lack of access to critical information like the current price of crops, misunderstandings and conflicts between buyers and transporters, regressive policies or just poor infrastructure.
Over the last decade, markets practitioners working for Practical Action across South Asia, Eastern and Southern Africa, Latin America and the UK have developed, tested and improved a participatory and systemic approach to markets that reduces poverty at scale- PMSD.
The process brings all actors in a market system together and engages them in collaborative exercises, from small-scale producers, local traders, and transporters; to government officials, law enforcement officers, and larger businesses. It is based on three principles:
PAC provides training courses and mentoring on the PMSD process to international NGOs, private sector institutions and local governments. This ‘taster’ training workshop provides an introduction to the process and will focus mainly on how to design and facilitate preliminary and participatory market mapping workshops, how to engage key public and private market actors and how to help them move from plans to actions that can make their market system work better for poverty reduction at scale.
It will be delivered by PAC East Africa manager and PMSD expert Ailsa Buckley, and Lindsay Berresford, a facilitation expert, who will share their knowledge about both the technical, training and delivery elements of PMSD.
The workshop is available to individuals who aren’t attending the full SEEP conference, as well as members of the SEEP network at discounted rates.
Visit the SEEP website for more details on training costs and how to reserve your place.