This session at the BEAM Conference 2016 looks at the key strategies two leading market systems programmes have adopted to developing effective programmes in contexts where aid can be ubiquitous. Using examples from the Balkans and Nigeria, the speakers reveal the tactics they have used to deal with aid intensive situations. These might include competition between programmes seeking long term systemic change and those using more traditional approaches to development, or where there is so much aid chasing too few quality partners that businesses feel they can cherry pick. The session also covers examples where programmes have been able to use a concentration of aid to quickly expand their reach by working with other donors in different areas.
Presentations from James Elekwachi, PIND; and Nathalie Gunasekera, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation.