Impact evaluation

Evaluation of the market systems development approach - Volumes I & 2

Lessons for expanded use and adaptive management at Sida Volume I: Evaluation report & Volume 2: Case studies

Published by
Sida

Two reports:
Volume 1 presents the findings of an evaluation of Sida’s management of the market systems development (MSD) approach.
Volume 2 presents the case studies for the evaluation of Sida’s management of the market systems development (MSD) approach.

The reports identify several factors that affect Sida’s ability to ensure that conducive conditions are in place for effective MSD programmes and good development programming more generally.

Sida’s relatively flexible framework of rules, guidelines and systems for project management provide the space needed for staff to innovate and manage adaptively. But for this to happen consistently and effectively, Sida needs to invest more deliberately in building the capacity of its staff in relevant areas.

In addition, leadership and incentives are key to shaping a culture of active experimentation and learning. This needs to be supported with clearer guidance for those involved in the design and appraisal of MSD projects; and strengthened oversight of project performance, including through adjustments to Sida’s contracts and funding agreements.

DCED MSD Working Group webinar

Managing market system development – implications for donors

Itad Ltd and Sida presented the findings of the evaluation to the DCED MSD working group in September 2018.