Stimulating Private Sector Development in Tanzania: From Implementation to Facilitation (Event Resources)

  • Date Posted: September 16, 2014
  • Authors: Rod Dubitsky, Dr. Md. A. Saleque, Hem Chandro Roy
  • Organizations/Projects: BRAC
  • Document Types: Tool, Other
  • Donor Type: U.S. Agency for International Development

Intervening in smallholder agricultural markets can take many operational forms. The facilitation versus implementation framework is one such taxonomy of classifying agriculture interventions.  BRAC has been intervening in agricultural markets in Bangladesh as an implementer and an actor in agricultural value chains for over 40 years, and has experience over the past seven years in sub-Saharan Africa.

Approximately a year ago, BRAC began the LEAD project in Tanzania, funded by DFID. Under this project, BRAC works as a facilitator to stimulate private sector development by ensuring that the actors in the value chain are functioning more efficiently, providing support to under-served areas, and playing a role in market development where the poor can actively participate. LEAD, which targets over 100,000 maize and poultry farmers, also incorporates an agriculture finance initiative as well as a private sector investment fund.

Thank you for joining us for an interactive discussion of a new approach to private sector development in Tanzania with Rod Dubitsky, Md. A. Saleque, and Hem Chandro Roy of BRAC. This presentation about BRAC’s LEAD project probed the question of whether to facilitate or to implement and it also provided an early sneak peek into the successes and challenges BRAC has encountered in this project to date. 

In the greenroom interview below, Rod Dubitsky from BRAC USA shares his key takeaways from MPEP Seminar #15, "Stimulating Private Sector Development in Tanzania: From Implementation to Facilitation."