What results did the MSD approach deliver? A review of the latest evidence

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BEAM Grab the Mic webinar

Date: 19th October 2021

Luis Osorio-Cortes, MSD specialist
Mike Albu, Director, BEAM Exchange
Rachel Shah, Senior Consultant, Springfield Centre
Kristin O'Planick, Market Systems Team Lead, USAID

Every two years, BEAM conducts a review of the results emerging from programmes that use the MSD approach. The review examines their impacts on businesses, incomes and the livelihoods of people living in poverty.

The 2021 evidence review analysed 52 new documents from the BEAM Evidence Map. These included impact assessments, evaluations, annual reports, evidence briefs and case studies. 

In this webinar the review's authors - Luis Osorio-Cortes and Mike Albu - presented its findings, and Rachel Shah (Springfield Centre) provided an independent response to the main issues raised by the review.

The presentations summarised the key findings and identified patterns, challenges and lessons from the evaluation of MSD practice. They addressed questions such as:

  • how much impact did MSD programmes have on poverty?
  • how well did MSD programmes do at promoting pro-poor growth and improved access to services?
  • what kind of systemic change was achieved?
  • how can the evaluation of MSD programmes be improved?

The presentations were followed by a lively discussion, moderated by Kristin O'Planick.

Watch the webinar

2021 Evidence review

The results achieved by programmes that use the market systems development approach