Intervention tactics

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Technical capacity building

Technical capacity building is a common intervention tactic for market systems programmes. It can involve a range of approaches from:

  • Bringing in a consultant, intern, specialist or mentor to provide targeted, short-term, tailored support to a market actor with a capacity gap;
  • developing and running a training session on a particular knowledge gap; and/or,
  • on-the-job coaching by programme facilitators.

Usually a programme will use other tactics to reinforce capacity building, but in some instances the problem identified can be simply addressed with technical capacity building alone.

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An example of technical capacity building is the Rapid Market Appraisal (RMA), a training that is often done by market facilitators to small business owners on understanding different customer segments.

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Technical capacity building can include non-traditional forms of coaching. For example, TechnoServe and Ecoventures International have built an experiential learning or training programme intended to train agrovets on investing in improved customer service techniques.

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It is important to remember that technical capacity should be considered its own support market. If a capacity gap is an industry wide problem, try to work with an existing service provider to either offer capacity-building services or to develop what market actors need. This means the service can continue after the project is over. See Market Challenge: Weak or Non-Existent Professional Services for more.bea

The MarketMarkers programmes has, as one of its cross-cutting themes, the capacity building of its regional development agency partners, which are in turn expected to be effective local facilitators.

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