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Market Systems Approaches to Support Construction and Housing

Event Date: 
Feb 13, 2019
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm EST
EcoVentures International & Habitat for Humanity Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter


The Market Systems Symposium, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity's Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter, invites you to a discussion on how and why both construction and housing systems development are important to market systems growth. 

As market systems professionals, we have focused on agriculture, potentially to the detriment of other areas which, as our economies mature, are in a great need of development support. There is growing evidence that as societies develop, their economies undergo substantial changes, including a shift towards other activities outside of smallholder agriculture. There are typically very few development resources invested in accelerating or catalyzing such systemic changes for the poor as they transition from rural communities to peri-urban and urban communities. Central to these transitions are the housing and construction market systems that will (or will not) provide the shelter, security, and income migrating populations will need to thrive in a changing economy.

This consultation and the cases shared will consider the development of the housing and construction market systems from the perspective of the poor as both consumers of housing and suppliers of construction, important perspectives for any forward thinking market systems approaches. The discussion will include input on the process that the Terwilliger Center is using to improve the way market systems work in the housing and construction markets of India. The discussion will close through consultation with participants, to feed in their experiences using market systems approaches in the development of construction and housing markets.

This event is the first in a series of local events leading up to the global Market Systems Symposium taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, from April 8 - 11, 2019. Input from this presentation and discussion will be used to feed into the Symposium, and the topic will be explored in much greater depth in April. 

Discussion Hosts: 

  • J. Ronald Terwilliger, Retired Chief Executive Officer of Trammell Crow Residential and Chairman Emeritus, Habitat for Humanity International Board
  • Scott Merrill, Global Director of Market Systems and Entrepreneurship for the Terwilliger Center
  • Sheldon Yoder, Global Manager of Market Systems and Entrepreneurship for the Terwilliger Center
  • Meghan Bolden, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Practice Lead for MarketShare Associates
  • Mike Field, Market Systems Specialist, EcoVentures International 

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