Systemic approaches for funders

01 Jul 2020 – 31 Aug 2020
University of Manchester, UK
Agora Global

Date TBC - this conference has been postponed from February 2020 and will take place in July or August 2020. 

For funders (bilateral donors, foundations, multilaterals, impact investors, or NGOs) with an interest in a systemic approach or market systems development, currently managing MSD programmes, or those with an interest in doing so.

A systemic approach to development is increasingly recognised as a strategy to address the challenges of sustainability and  scale of impact faced by development interventions. Adopting this  approach implies a change in mind set, intervention design, and  management for implementers of programmes. However, it also has  significant implications for how budgets are allocated, programmes are designed and tendered, how results are measured, and performance is managed. Funders have a critical role in the success of a programme  and this course helps them to play this role in the most effective way possible.

A detailed curriculum will be provided to successful applicants. The course covers the following modules: 

  • Rationale and principles of the systemic approach including key frameworks.
  • Determining programme parameters
  • Deciding on programme structure - phases, length, and budgets
  • The role of different instruments  
  • Structures and strategies for implementation - NGOs, Contractors, Evaluators
  • Appraising implementers and proposals
  • Supplier economics – under the hood of implementers to know what’s realistic and fair.
  • What to expect - budgets, results, programme outputs
  • The funders' role - engagement with stakeholders in every phase of the programme
  • Managing performance - expectations, results frameworks, and performance milestones
  • Reporting and knowledge capture
  • Communicating with different audiences
  • A troubleshooting clinic

Additional Information:

Email to register your interest and receive a full prospectus.

Places are strictly limited.
Application deadline: 31 October 2019.



Submit an event