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Vikāra Institute

The 2021 Symposium took place over two weeks and was online for the first time. It focused on four thematic areas, each supported by a number of cross-cutting themes. 

This conference report provides a synthesis of the sessions that were divided into plenaries, toolbox & clinics, and deep-dive cafes.

The main themes were:

  • Private sector engagement
    - Exploring essential strategies in private sector engagement to support local entrepreneurial ecosystems
    - Leveraging social inclusion strategies through private sector engagement
  • Climate adaptation & conservation in market systems 
    - Positioning yourself for integrating natural resource management, climate change, & market systems development
    - What we all need to know about climate change adaptations & conservation using market systems lenses
  • Urban non-ag market systems
    - Gaining essential insights into urban & peri-urban programming - with impacts across all development outcomes
  • Market systems resilience
    - Gaining insights into the evolution of market systems resilience lenses to development
    - Exploring innovations in market systems resilience & impact at community level