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Recent research by The BEAM Exchange seeks to understand theoretical perspectives on how market systems approaches can contribute to inclusive economic development through systemic change. It produced three main insights.
- Economies are evolving systems, building on the mechanisms of variety creation, selection and amplification.
- Current economic performance, including aspects like the inclusiveness of growth and economic evolution, are shaped by the ability of a society to explore different options for institutional arrangements and adjust them over time.
- This process of evolution is complex. While some aspects can be designed and managed, others need to be explored through a process of learning and adjustment.
This paper responds to these insights by providing a practitioner perspective through the lens of one programme - Northern Uganda: Transforming the Economy through Climate Smart Agribusiness - Market Development (NUTEC-MD).
It begins with a brief introduction to the programme and key aspects of its design phase. It then provides a summary of the three main research insights, with reflections on their applicability for programme design based on the NUTEC-MD experience. Finally, it provides some conclusions for the wider practitioner community based on this case.
The case study is based on information gathered from NUTEC-MD programme staff discussions and secondary research.