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STRATEGIC SERVICES

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Learning Labs, Research & Assessments

Vikāra has led cutting edge research and assessments in different parts of the world, particularly regarding Market Systems Resilience. The research and assessments feed into the development of frameworks and other capacity building tools.

 
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Technical Assistance, Coaching & Mentoring

Vikāra supports numerous projects and organizations in practical implementation of market systems thinking interventions and strategies, namely through virtual and in-person technical assistance, coaching and mentoring. This approach, rather than a once-off engagement, supports teams to gain feedback and guidance when applying specific tactics in their own project or country context.

 
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Capacity Building, Training Tools & Curricula

Vikāra introduces core approaches to market systems development through high impact learning methodologies that build a conceptual understanding via the exploration of effective practices and sample cases from the field. Vikāra has created a range of multimedia tools which are highly interactive and focus on demystifying complex concepts. 

 
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Knowledge Management & Sharing

In supporting internal team learning, Vikāra assists project teams to adapt their internal review processes with a Collaboration, Learning and Adaptation (CLA) approach. These processes have allowed for project teams to intentionally reflect on their activities and, at the same time, provide team-building. Vikāra also provides strategic review support at the organizational level, taking decision-makers within the organization through a facilitated process. Vikāra has facilitated Pause & Reflect processes for projects, upon the request of USAID Missions.

 
 
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Framework Development & Strategy Support

Vikāra has led the development of several key systems thinking frameworks. Efforts include the lead developer of USAID’s Market Systems Resilience Framework, USAID’s Inclusive Entrepreneurial Market Systems (IEMS) Framework, as well as Political Systems Framework and an Adaptive Management Framework. Such frameworks assist practitioners in making strategic decisions in programmatic design and implementation.

 
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Process Facilitation & Performance Support

Vikāra utilizes proven participatory stakeholder processes and co-creation methodologies as essential tools for systems thinking practitioners. Vikāra matches specific stakeholder methodologies with the type of cooperation that is expected as an outcome. Vikāra provides high quality facilitation for meetings, workshops, events, and conferences. In addition to facilitating events, Vikāra organizes high quality, high impact events within the development sector, namely the annual Market Systems Symposium. Furthermore, Vikāra has organized learning events in conjunction with FAO and USAID across the globe.