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Facilitation: How Much Does Context Matter?

May 08, 2014
institutional sponsor: 
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)


Facilitation is used as a means to incentivize behavior change and foster the adoption of new ideas by private sector actors. But does this method work across a wide range of contexts? Can the preferred, “light touch” model be effective everywhere? Do we need nuanced approaches to using facilitation that are adjusted to different contexts?

In this seminar, Bill Grant and Marina Krivoshlykova considered these questions based on DAI’s experiences in Mozambique, Nigeria, and Cambodia. They compared several facilitation models, from “light touch” to “heavier hand,” and presented a framework for practitioners to help adapt the facilitation approach to the specific characteristics of the market system, country, target population, and geography.

Please watch, read, and download all of the post-event resources from this seminar as they discuss lessons learned for identifying contextual clues on which style of engagement to use in specific market systems. 

Make sure to watch, read, and download all of the post event resources from this seminar as we discussd - See more at: http://microlinks.org/events/mpep-seminars/smallholders-value-chains-evidence-scale-productivity-and-benefits#sthash.wBSdMFJg.dpuf


Bill Grant
Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI)

imageBill Grant is the Global Practice

imageLead for Inclusive Economic Growth at Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI).  Over the past 28 years, he has worked in more than 50 countries, concentrating on designing, evaluating, and implementing market driven solutions leading to broad-based, pro-poor development.  He applies systemic market development methodologies—specifically value chain and M4P (Making Markets Work for the Poor)—to identify the major systemic constraints that are handicapping equitable economic growth.  He is currently advising systemic development programs for USAID, DFID, the Swiss Development Agency for Cooperation (SDC), and private corporations to link major investment opportunities into sectors with strong pro-poor growth potential.  He serves as the Senior Technical Advisor for Economic Growth with the Chevron funded Increasing Productivity through Privately Sponsored Demonstration Ponds in the Niger Delta (PIND) Foundation.

Headshot: Marina Krivoshlykova
Marina Krivoshlykova
Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI)

imageMarina Krivoshlykova is the Global Pra

imagectice Lead for Private Sector Development at Development Alternative Incorporated (DAI). Her work focuses on competitiveness, value chain strengthening, and enterprise development. Since joining DAI in 2002, Marina has worked in Southeast Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union on a variety of assignments involving the design, implementation, and impact evaluation of private sector development projects. From 2007-2012 she was the home office manager for the USAID Cambodia Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Strengthening (Cambodia MSME) project, which improved competitiveness and business environments in several rural value chains in Cambodia. From 2007-2010, Marina was Deputy Manager on the USAID-funded Accelerated Microenterprise Advancement Project-Business Development Services (AMAP BDS) Knowledge and Practice (K&P) research task order on best practices in value chain development and impact evaluation of private sector development projects.