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This document reviews the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation’s (SDC) approach to enhance Economic Development and Employment (EDE) across the South Caucasus region. In particular, it assesses the assumptions and methodologies of existing projects, and seeks to identify successes, shortcomings and potential for improvement. The portfolio reviewed includes nine programmes which apply a market systems approach; four in Georgia, two in Armenia, and three in Azerbaijan.
The report comprises a review of nine SDC projects in the South Caucasus which apply market system approaches. These projects are identified by the reviewer as 'M4P' projects. The aim is not to evaluate the individual projects or interventions, but the success of the M4P approach across the entire portfolio.
The information was gathered through a revision of documents, visits to a selection of projects, as well as interviews and meetings with key stakeholders, including; beneficiary farmers, private sector representatives and programme staff.
This report is useful for donor agencies that design or manage a portfolio of development programs using an M4P approach.