Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.

Groups, Associations, and Other Horizontal Linkages

Organization(s): 
ACDI/VOCA
Author(s): 
Steve McCarthy
Institutional Sponsor: 
United States Agency for International Development
Publication date: 
Tuesday, January 1, 2008

This briefing paper discusses the linkages that MSEs form in order to address constraints in the value chain or to take advantage of business opportunities.  The paper outlines those benefits that arise from these linkages, internal and external catalysts for their creation, varying degrees of formality and characteristics of effective associations. Recommended practices and lessons from the field about developing strong linkages are also included.