Embedding Everyday PEA in Market Systems Practice
On Tuesday, June 4th, Marketlinks hosted a webinar to explore how "Everyday PEA" could advance market systems facilitation practice.
Recognition of political economy factors is embedded in the concept of market facilitation, yet these factors remain frequent stumbling blocks in our implementation. This webinar converged insights from the Thinking & Working Politically community with market systems practical experience. We discussed how political economy analysis (PEA) tools, in particular, the concept of "Everyday PEA", can support market systems activities to achieve systemic change in market contexts that are never perfect.
Marc Cassidy is a specialist in applied political economy analysis.
Prior to starting Adapt LLC, Marc served as Director of Governance at Pact, Senior Manager for Democracy and Governance programming at International Resources Group; Director of the Governance and Rights Technical Unit at the International Rescue Committee; Chief of Party on USAID parliamentary strengthening projects in East Africa (Kenya and Uganda), as Country Director for a USAID funded open government/anticorruption project in Eastern Europe (Bulgaria), as interim Chief of Party for a parliamentary support project in the Jordan, and the Mekong Partnership for the Environment in Thailand. He has consulted on governance programs for USAID, DFID, UNDP, World Bank and numerous international development contractors in over 25 countries. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya (92-94).
Kristin O'Planick is a Market Systems Specialist in USAID's Bureau for Food Security where she seeks to advance market systems facilitation throughout the Feed the Future portfolio.
Melanie Bittle is the Chief of Party for the USAID Private Sector Driven Agriculture Growth Project (PSDAG) in Rwanda.
has a M.A.in International Affairs, a B.B.A in Finance, and served in the Peace Corps Nicaragua as a Small Business Development volunteer. Ms. Bittle is fluent in English and Spanish.
Michael Field has over 25 years of designing, assessing, implementing and training on systems-based approaches to market, educational, health and enabling environment challenges.