Promoting Inclusive Markets in Somalia (PIMS) was designed to contribute to private sector development (PSD) and food security, by improving productivity, livelihoods and job creation in key sectors in Somalia, a Fragile and Conflicted Affected State (FCAS) 

Using the lens of implementing an MSD plus cash for work (CfW) programme in a FCAS, the study examined PIMS programme design, staffing, management and implementation approach. It also investigated the ways the programme worked with the private sector, engaged on policy and carried out the CfW activities.  

A summary of PIMS lessons learnt:

  • In FCAS, the MSD approach can lead to sustainable change and increased resilience 
  • Allow the investment and time necessary to succeed at systemic change
  • Lead with the value proposition and don’t forget the business case for women and youth
  • Encourage curiosity with tools, processes and an enabling organizational culture
  • Transparent processes and regular stakeholder engagement build trust
  • Don’t shy away from policy but include an off-ramp or exit strategy
  • In FCAS, CfW can be an asset
  • Collaboration not competition 

The report also details good practices and areas for improvement.