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Greening Market Systems Development

December 9, 2021, 1:00 - 2:00pm (1:00 - 2:00pm)
This webinar will explore the potential for programmes using the market systems approach to be designed to incorporate environmental concerns such as climate change, biodiversity and natural resource depletion.  Drawing on a recent ILO guide, the webinar will explore how greening the MSD approach is compatible with the promotion of decent work and poverty reduction more broadly. Two case studies will be presented: RisiAlbania in Albania and Markets 4 Recycling in Bolivia 
  • Event Type: Online
  • Location: Online

Business Intelligence Solutions

December 1, 2021, 3:00 - 4:00pm (3:00 - 4:00pm)
Whether you’re a donor, government, corporation, or development organization, how you implement your agricultural projects has long-term sustainability implications. Nowadays, people realize just how important data-led development is but are stuck between either choosing time (and cost) consuming research or conducting rudimentary and superficial assessments. Thanks to SCOPEinsight’s use of innovation and technology, implementers can now attain meaningful and actionable data for their agricultural projects.
  • Event Type: Online
  • Location: Online

Empowering women and girls through private sector engagement: lessons from SPRING

November 23, 2021, 1:00 - 2:00pm (1:00 - 2:00pm)
Which models, incentives and businesses are best suited to achieve lasting systemic change? A recent evaluation of SPRING explores how they addressed this question.  Gordon Freer and Heidi Ober, the independent evaluators of SPRING, will use this webinar to examine some of the lessons learned from the SPRING evaluation.
  • Event Type: Online
  • Location: Online

AgChain Hackathon: The Future of Food Security and Agriculture

November 15, 2021, 8:30am - 4:30pm (8:30am - 4:30pm)
Exploring the Use of Blockchain Technology to Improve Food Security Through African Indigenous Vegetables in Western Kenya is a project that seeks to understand how smartphone applications using blockchain technology can improve food security in Western Kenya by addressing the functionality of value chains for African indigenous vegetables (AIVs). November 15 through 17, students from Egerton University in Kenya will “hack” solutions to real challenges within the African indigenous vegetable value chain.
  • Event Type: Online

A business approach to Market System Development - the Élan RDC story

November 11, 2021, 1:00 - 2:00pm (1:00 - 2:00pm)
Élan RDC, one of UKAID's flagship MSD programmes, came to an end in July 2021 after over seven years of operation. This webinar will focus on lessons learnt executing a market systems programme in a challenging environment, which tested the limits of the MSD methodology and approach.  Using examples from Élan RDC's renewable energy and access to finance sectors, the team from Élan will discuss how they applied the MSD methodology.
  • Event Type: Online
  • Location: Online
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Engaging the Private Sector in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Environments: Lessons from Haiti and Eastern Congo

October 27, 2021, 9:00 - 10:00am (9:00 - 10:00am)
Balancing the challenges and needs of private sector actors operating in fragile and conflict-affected environments with the humanitarian mandate is an area of creative tension and opportunity for developing context-sensitive, market-based approaches that are the cornerstone of lasting recovery and resilience for conflict-affected people. For development practitioners, effectively and sensitively navigating both those spaces and leveraging the synergies therein is key to developing mutually beneficial partnerships to achieve lasting, market-based development outcomes.
  • Event Type: Online
  • Location: Online

Innovations in agricultural insurance: Lessons learnt about managing smallholder farmer risks

October 26, 2021, 11:00am - 12:00pm (11:00am - 12:00pm)
Market and weather-related risks pose significant challenges to smallholder producers. These risks can make production and incomes volatile from year to year, reduce food security, threaten assets and financial security, and make farmers hesitant to invest in new technologies or practices to increase long-term productivity and welfare.
  • Event Type: Online
  • Location: online

The Impact of COVID-19 on Development Professionals: Why It Matters for Diversity and What We Can Do About It

October 21, 2021, 10:00 - 11:00am (10:00 - 11:00am)
The detrimental impact of COVID-19 on the workforce participation and career ambition of women and ethnic or racial minority groups is well documented across many sectors, but there is notably limited evidence from the international development sector. The Feed the Future Market Systems and Partnerships (MSP) Activity sought to remedy this oversight by investing in understanding the specific ways in which the global pandemic is impacting the current and future pipeline of senior leaders on market systems development (MSD) activities.
  • Event Type: Online
  • Location: Webinar

What results did the MSD approach deliver? A review of the latest evidence

October 19, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00pm (12:00 - 1:00pm)
Every two years, BEAM conducts a review of the results emerging from programmes that use the MSD approach. The review examines their impacts on businesses, incomes and the livelihoods of people living in poverty. The 2021 evidence review analysed 52 new documents from the BEAM Evidence Map. These included impact assessments, evaluations, annual reports, evidence briefs and case studies. 
  • Event Type: Online
  • Location: Online

Understanding Systems Change for Positive Youth Outcomes

October 19, 2021, 9:00 - 10:00am (9:00 - 10:00am)
Members of the Youth Systems Collaborative, a community of practice of international development organizations, will share their Youth Systems Framework, which was designed from a review of domestic U.S. and international experience in youth programming through a comprehensive community change paradigm over the past 40 years.
  • Event Type: Online
  • Location: Online

Sustainable Coffee Dialogue

October 6, 2021, 4:00 - 5:30pm (4:00 - 5:30pm)
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Global Coffee Platform, a member-based organization of persons and institutions working in coffee, will launch on October 6, 2021 a seven-part industry-led series, Sustainable Coffee Dialogues, focused on lowering emissions in the global coffee value chain with a focus on Southeast Asia. Webinars explore how the coffee industry can achieve climate commitments through sustainable land use, and other climate-smart interventions to scale low-emission coffee production.
  • Event Type: Online
  • Location: On-line

#Digital4MSME: using the market systems approach for digital transformation

October 5, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00pm (12:00 - 1:00pm)
This webinar will explore how programmes and implementers can refine and adapt fundamental market systems development principles to unlock the potential of digital transformation for MSMEs.  Two case studies will be presented: COVID-19 SME innovation and digitalisation support scheme in Ghana Mobipay in Uganda - digitising agribusiness
  • Event Type: Online
  • Location: Online

2021 Cooperative IMPACT Conference - International

October 4, 2021, 8:30am - October 7, 2021, 12:00pm (8:30am - 12:00pm)
The U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council and its members are pleased to co-sponsor the international track at this year’s Cooperative IMPACT Conference, October 4-7, 2021. This is a free opportunity to learn how cooperatives around the world are innovating for impact, strengthening communities and building resilience in the face of climate change. This is the third year partnering with NCBA CLUSA to offer a dedicated international program track.
  • Event Type: Online
  • Location: Virtual. Oct. 4-6 @ 8-10am EDT; Oct. 7 @ 8am-12noon EDT

Just the Job: Can Market Systems Development support rural employment?

September 29, 2021, 9:00 - 10:00am (9:00 - 10:00am)
Research shows that current approaches to supporting rural employment are having a limited impact, particularly when compared to the scale of rural unemployment. As a result, BHA partners are increasingly considering alternative approaches, including incorporating the principles of market systems development (MSD) into rural employment programs to bring about more sustainable systems change. Though there is limited evidence to date, there are promising signs, and the approach has been successfully used by a small number of programs.
  • Event Type: Online

5th Sustainable Coconut Roundtable (on-line)

September 29, 2021, 4:00 - 6:00pm (4:00 - 6:00pm)
 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Green Invest Asia program along with global cacao manufacturer Barry Callebaut, and the German development service provider, GIZ, will convene buyers of coconut and coconut oil products on-line September 29th  from 4pm-6pm (ICT) for the 5th Sustainable Coconut Roundtable.
  • Event Type: Online
  • Location: On-line

5th Annual Sustainable Coconut Roundtable

September 29, 2021, 4:00 - 6:00pm (4:00 - 6:00pm)
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Green Invest Asia program along with global cacao manufacturer Barry Callebaut, and the German development service provider, GIZ, will convene buyers of coconut and coconut oil products on-line September 29th from 4pm-6pm (ICT) for the 5th Sustainable Coconut Roundtable.
  • Event Type: Online
  • Location: On-line