Practical Analytical Framework for Inclusive Entrepreneurial Market Systems

  • Date Posted: October 22, 2020
  • Authors: Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security Project
  • Organizations: Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security Project, Vikāra Institute


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An analytical tool developed by the Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security (EEFS) project, the Inclusive Entrepreneurial Market Systems (IEMS) framework is a first step in building on existing enabling environment tools and market system theoretical frameworks to provide concrete guidance to USAID Missions, Operating Units, and implementing partners (IPs) on how to examine the underlying variables in systems that may present barriers or opportunities to private sector engagement efforts.

The IEMS framework:  

  • Identifies and clearly documents a comprehensive set of underlying, systemic variables that influence new business formation, growth, and inclusive gains in market systems
  • Builds on existing business enabling environment measurement tools and indices that have focused on formal legal/regulatory variables to include a more explicit consideration of the informal, underlying variables that influence the policymaking process and the enforcement of formal rules
  • Provides practical guidance for USAID and IPs to assess systemic factors that may affect project investment outcomes in line with an adaptive management approach

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