Working in Complex Systems: The Rubber Value Chain in Indonesia (Event Resources)

  • Date Posted: April 24, 2012
  • Authors: Frank Page, Donna Read
  • Organizations/Projects: Managing Systems for Wellness
  • Document Types: Tool, Other
  • Donor Type: U.S. Agency for International Development

Development projects have been seeking to positively influence complex systems, such as farming systems, small business systems, governance systems, and value chain systems since the advent of international development as a field of practice. Working with these large systems has always been a challenge, and has generated a large number of approaches and models designed to guide development projects. This presentation introduces a model for working in complex systems that have been developed by Human Systems Dynamics based on the science of complexity, and then demonstrates that model using the international development challenge of strengthening a rubber value chain in Indonesia.