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Managing a Value Chain Project

Welcome to “Managing a Value Chain Project.”  Developed by USAID's Microenterprise Development team, this is the third of four courses in The Value Chain Approach e-learning series. Each course is designed to provide USAID staff and international development professionals with an online learning experience and practical tools to enhance Agency-wide understanding about designing and managing value chain projects. Together, they present a primer on USAID’s value chain approach to economic growth and poverty reduction.

A word map of common Value Chain termsThis course provides an understanding of how the principles outlined in the “Learning Value Chain Basics” course can be applied throughout the implementation phase of a value chain activity, ensuring that USAID works with implementers to achieve the best results possible.

Course Details

Audience: Although this course is useful for any international development professional whose work might include or intersect with value chain programming, the series has been developed primarily to provide USAID staff with an online learning experience and practical tools that enhance Agency-wide understanding of designing and managing value chain projects.

Expected Time: The length of time to complete this course is approximately 45 minutes. It is a self-paced course that you can pause and restart the course at any time. Your progress will be retained and you can return to complete it later.

Related Courses

The other three courses in this Value Chain Approach series are listed below. We strongly recommend that you take all of the courses in the series, whether you are new to USAID projects incorporating a value chain approach, or have experience in this area. These courses take a practical approach to the following topics:

Learning Value Chain Basics (Course 1)

  • Learning USAID's value chain approach, principles and value chain project cycle
  • Understanding value chain development best practices and project design

Designing a Value Chain Project (Course 2)
Coming soon...

  • Incorporating key elements of the value chain approach into the project and activity design process
  • Developing designs, scopes of work/program descriptions that reflect VC concepts and practices

Monitoring and Evaluating a Value Chain Project (Course 4)

  • Understanding M&E concepts as applied to value chain projects
  • Learning specific implications and potential solutions when monitoring and evaluating value chain programming


We encourage you to share your feedback on both the content and functionality of the course. Thank you in advance for your ideas to improve this and future Value Chain Approach e-learning series courses.