Top-down or bottom-up? How development actors can promote Economic Transformation

Date: 11th June, 2020

Dirk Willem te Velde (ODI)
Matt Ripley (Impact-Management)
Arjun Bhoopal (Gatsby Africa)
Kåre Johard (Sida)
Gun Eriksson Skoog (ILO)

What is Economic Transformation (ET)? Why is it relevant to donors and implementers seeking to drive sustained large-scale poverty reduction? And how can it be supported?

The speakers build on research commissioned by DCED on Business Environment Reform (BER) and Market Systems Development (MSD) as complementary approaches that can drive poverty reduction through supporting Economic Transformation (ET).

Guidance and examples were presented on how development actors might support ET through the MSD and BER approaches. The concepts and implications for practitioners were shared by the authors of the DCED research, while Gatsby Africa, Sida and ILO shared the donor/implementer perspectives.

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