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A practical and implementable approach to market systems development

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DESIGNED BY HIGHLY EXPERIENCED TECHNICAL EXPERTS
&  FIELD PRACTITIONERS

Practical and ​immediately implementable. 
​Demystifies concepts and approaches.

2369

Modules engaged by learners

98

Percent of learners who report
​direct application to their daily work

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Engagements on discussion boards

ONLINE COURSE OVERVIEW

Course Themes

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CONCEPTUAL APPROACHES

Market systems development, as an approach, has its roots in systems thinking. Before delving into the practical elements of market systems development implementation, it is helpful to explore some of the concepts at a broader level. Explore areas such as: How is a market facilitation approach different? What do we really mean by 'market systems'? How can systems be inclusive?

  • Market Facilitation

  • Market Systems​

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TECHNICAL CONCEPTS

A series of technical concepts are useful as a foundation for good market systems development practice. Many of these concepts are drawn from other sectors, outside of the development sector. Explore areas such as: How can we understand competition and cooperation between market actors? What does it mean to amplify? What is leverage?

  • Collaboration & Competition

  • Amplification

  • Buying Down Risk

  • Leverage​

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TECHNICAL IMPLEMENTATION

Explore how conceptual approaches and technical concepts are implemented in practice in input markets, output markets, support markets, and cross-cutting markets.

  • Input Market Systems

  • Output Buyer Market Systems

  • Support Market Systems 

  • Financial Market Systems

  • Amplification Tactics

  • Sequencing

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MARKET ACTOR INTERACTION

Explore how to interact with market actors, including identifying who to work with, approaching the private sector, and working with them in practice. Explore how this differs from market interaction in a more traditional approach.

  • Reaching out to the Private Sector 

  • Working with the Private Sector 

  • Agreements with Private Sector ​

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MARKET ANALYTICS

Market analytics involves analyzing market systems to understand the behavior of market actors and the system overall. Explore how to analyze value chains, the behavior of systems, the business environment, and gender-related issues.

  • Value Chain Analysis 

  • Behavioral Analysis 

  • System Analysis 

  • Business Environment Analysis ​

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MONITORING & LEARNING

Monitoring, evaluation and learning are important to provide feedback loops and assess impact. Explore monitoring and evaluation methods and considerations, and practical application of ongoing learning and adaptation as a result.

  • Monitoring

  • Evaluation​

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ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT

Effective operational management is key in supporting market systems development approaches. Learn how to adapt contract management, human resource management, and financial management in market systems project contexts. Explore principles and examples of adaptive management in practice.

  • Contract Management Tools

  • Financial Management Tools

  • Human Resources Management Tools

  • Adaptive Management Overview

  • Building a Learning Culture

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VULNERABLE GROUP BEHAVIORS

Vulnerable groups, such as women, youth and pastoralists, are both important beneficiaries and actors within market systems development contexts. Explore why a system has created barriers around a specific group and how to lower or understand those barriers. Consider how to reduce the system's pressures to categorize and create barriers between groups, for example, gender norms that are disempowering. Discover how to apply practical strategies and tactics.

  • Women

  • Youth

  • Nutrition​

 

REGISTRATION

The Market Systems Accelerator online learning platform is fully customizable, so pricing is dependent on a number of factors, including, but not limited to: 

  • size of learning team

  • preferred length of course

  • which coaching guides & materials included

  • level of  technical feedback & moderation desired.

The table below illustrates general benchmark pricing and modifications. Don't hesitate to fill out our contact form or click any of the buttons below to request additional information and/or a quote. 

Individual Course Option
Team Option 1
Team Option 2

$ - Priced Per User

Expert moderation on platform

Select access to coaching guides & material

2 Live Coaching Sessions 

$ - Priced Per User

Expert moderation on platform

Complete access to coaching guides & material

$ - Priced Per User

Expert moderation on platform

Complete access to coaching guides & material

4 Live Coaching Sessions 

 
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MARKET SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT - IMPLEMENTATION & PRACTICE

for Donors and Development Professionals

The Market Systems Accelerator™  interactive, online distance learning course covers the fundamentals required to design and implement development programs using a market systems facilitation approach. The course covers key concepts and implementation tactics.

 

The course is delivered over 6 weeks, is self-paced, with approximately three hours each week for module completion and interactive virtual discussion. Additional time may be spent reviewing resources and participating in discussions at participants’ discretion. 

Updated content. New Modules added in 2022!

Format: Interactive, online distance-learning course 
AudienceEntry and Mid-level Market Systems Development Donors and Development Professionals
Duration: Approx 18 hrs spread over 6 weeks - plus 2 additional weeks to make up modules that were not completed
Time Commitment: Up to 2-4 hours of course work per week (additional time can be spent at participant’s discretion)
Delivered by: Vikāra Institute 
Course Facilitators: Mike Field, Market Systems Technical Specialist, Vikāra Institute

                                    Margie Brand, Market Systems Learning Specialist, Vikāra Institute

 

ONLINE DEMO

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Testimonials & Teams

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​The Market Systems Accelerator course has really demystified market systems thinking and made it more clear how to put the ideas into practice. It has also given me more confidence to apply market systems thinking in even the most challenging of conditions.

Anoushka Boodhna

Market Systems Development Consultant/ United Kingdom​

LEARNING TEAMS

Learning groups and/or individual  learners operate in several countries across the globe. 

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PAST PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS

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"The methodologies used by the Accelerator have shown excellent results in staff grasping new ideas, and applying improved and more sophisticated practices... the course presents complex concepts in a simplified, practical, and interactive way." ​

- CHIEF OF PARTY, USAID PROJECT, BANGLADESH