Feed the Future Market Systems and Partnerships Activity


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Feed the Future Market Systems and Partnerships Activity (MSP) is advancing learning and good practice in market systems development (MSD) and private sector engagement (PSE). MSP is guided by a Learning Agenda with five Learning Streams, as shown in the adjoining image. 

To better facilitate user engagement and position individual resources within the larger arc of learning, MSP has organized key resources below around each of these Learning Streams. Some resources span multiple themes.  Scroll down to check it out.  To see our latest events and postings listed chronologically and additional resources, visit the Our Posts tab.  Some resources are also available en français y en español


Transformational Private Sector Engagement

The private sector is core to market systems, and private sector engagement is critical to advancing more transformational development impact— outcomes that are scaled, sustained, and truly systemic. MSP is advancing learning and good practice—by developing knowledge briefs, tools, and guidance—in this critical priority area for USAID, as well as applying learning into MSP’s Partnership Facility.

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Private Sector Engagement for Nutrition: A Guide to Building Effective Partnerships

Key Components of the Guide

Private Sector Engagement to Advance Climate Adaptation and Resilience: A Guide to Building Effective Partnerships

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Primer on Private Sector Engagement for Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations

Illustrative example of the 6 phases to GLI described in the brief.

Market Systems and Partnership's Approach to Gender Lens Investment

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Towards Transformational Impact: Synergies on PSE and MSD

Private Sector Engagement for Digital Innovation In A Shock: A 7-Step Roadmap and Landscape Assessment

USAID’s Private Sector Engagement Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Landscape Assessment, Guidance, and Case Studies

Practical Application of Market Systems Development

The market systems development (MSD) approach uses a systems lens to engage with local market actors and catalyze more competitive, inclusive, and resilient market systems. By adopting a systemic lens, using a facilitative approach working through local stakeholders, and addressing root causes of inefficiencies in the system, MSD results in greater sustainable impact at scale. MSP leverages the strong theoretical base and lessons from application to increase MSD adoption and strengthen the application of good practice. Specific MSP activities in this Learning Stream include:

  • To deepen expertise and capacity in MSD and further develop the pool of local MSD champions, MSP developed a five-day internal USAID training which is now being rolled out, in particular to Mission staff. The course includes modules on behaviors of market systems, working with complexity, facilitation, adapting M&E and CLA, social inclusion, and designing and managing an MSD activity. These resources were also adapted for a health context. MSP plans to share a public version in 2024.
  • As a foundational brief on the nexus between PSE and MSD, MSP developed a highly consultative brief, Towards Transformational Impact: Synergies of PSE and MSD (also available en français y en español), spotlighting opportunities for strengths-based learning and collaboration.
  • In collaboration with BEAM Exchange, MSP launched a centralized online repository of 180+ MSD tools, sourced through industry engagement and feedback, to support uptake of good practice in applied MSD. 
  • MSP is also advancing knowledge and resources for assessing systems change, adaptive management, risk-informed MSD, and more. See the sections on MSR and M&E and CLA below. 
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Online Library of 180+ MSD Best Practice Tools

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Towards Transformational Impact: Synergies on PSE and MSD

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PSE and MSD: Improving Each Other

Market Systems Resilience

Market Systems Resilience (MSR) is an analytical and programming lens applied to strengthen the ability of a market system to respond to shocks and stresses in a way that allows consistency and sustainability in the market system’s functioning. MSR integrates risk analysis to better understand and influence the economic, political, health, or social risks affecting a market and how a system’s structural and behavioral characteristics shape vulnerability and response to risk by firms and households in it. 

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Using and MSR Lens to Support Household Resilience

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Market Systems Resilience (MSR) State of the Field Map

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Demystifying MSR Brief

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MSR: An Introduction (Graphic Cartoon)

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MSR: Analyzing Markets (Graphic Cartoon)

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MSR: Household Resilience Strengthened (Graphic Cartoon)

Social Inclusion

Investing in social inclusion is good for business and central to USAID’s broader goals for achieving pro-poor growth, and marginalized or disenfranchised populations require explicit inclusion to avoid implicit exclusion from the benefits of MSD and PSE programming. MSP is increasing the evidence base that inclusion leads to increased firm-level competitiveness and that PSE can empower and benefit marginalized populations and drive pro-poor growth.

  • The evidence that empowering women is good for both society and business is heavily skewed towards a developed country context and tends to focus on large public corporations. To fill this gap MSP conducted an evidence gap analysis structured on a framework developed from existing tools for measuring the return on investment in women’s empowerment. The research spawned many discussions within USAID, a BEAM Exchange blog, an ANDE Annual Conference presentation, and active LinkedIn conversations.
  • Deepening this research, MSP launched the Women-Inclusive Return On Investment (WI-ROI) Framework, which reflects the industry outlook on women’s inclusion at the firm level and highlights successful business strategies to achieve financial impact from investment in women’s inclusion across four areas: Talent and Leadership, Workplace Culture, Supply Chains, and Consumers. The framework is grounded in current evidence in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). A follow-on case study series builds the evidence base. 
  • MSP’s Approach to Gender Lens Investment (GLI) focuses on the practical phases of our strategy that have been successful in our Partnership Facility and that can be adapted to other contexts. 
  • MSP conducted original research on how COVID-19 is influencing the MSD talent pipeline, in particular, the diversity of that talent. Follow-on research (including a survey that engaged 1,200 respondents) expanded the focal area beyond just MSD and spurred calls to action, especially for HR and recruitment influencers.  The findings, Shaping the New Normal, were presented research to USAID as part of its DEIA Council’s speaker series, and several public webinars. A blog captured insights from follow-up nearly a year later, reflecting on the challenges of uptake and adoption from research more broadly. 
Illustrative example of the 6 phases to GLI described in the brief.

Market Systems and Partnerships' Approach to Gender Lens Investment

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Women-Inclusive Return On Investment (WI-ROI) Framework

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Shaping Our New Normal: An Unprecedented Opportunity to Reimagine a More Inclusive International Development Workplace

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ROI of Social Inclusion: An Evidence Gap Analysis from Developing Countries

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How COVID-19 is Impacting the Market Systems Development Talent Pipeline

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How the Private Sector Measures Return on Investment: A Framework to Inform Future Research

Monitoring and Evaluation, and Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) are foundational to the MSD approach, which requires frequent iterations in strategy, methods that reflect complexity and facilitative approaches, the ability to assess progress towards systems change, as well as traditional development results. M&E and CLA are also a prioritized growth area for PSE, particularly enhanced metrics that go ‘beyond leverage.’     

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The MSD in MEL Clinics Series: Perspectives on Systemic Change, Team Culture and Private Sector Learning

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Shifting the Locus of Learning: Catalyzing Private Sector Learning to Drive Systemic Change

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The Great Opportunity and Challenge of MSD Ex-Posts

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Lasting Roots: An Ex Post Study in Senegal of Naatal Mbay and the Integrated Finance Model

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Assessing Systems Change in Cambodian Agriculture: Feed the Future Cambodia Harvest II Final Evaluation

MSP Partnership Facility

Through a $25 million Partnership Facility implemented through tailored engagements with USAID Missions worldwide, MSP facilitates private-sector partnerships that create shared value from the alignment of core business objectives and development goals. 

Find out more about these exciting partnerships in MSP’s Partnership Lookbook, and explore MSP’s Approach to Gender Lens Investment

Live RFAs and awarded partnerships are spotlighted below. See all opportunities (past and present) at www.mspgrants.com, and sign up to receive notices on future opportunities.

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Partnership Lookbook for the Market Systems and Partnerships Activity (MSP)

Illustrative example of the 6 phases to GLI described in the brief.

Market Systems and Partnership's Approach to Gender Lens Investment

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USAID Announces Three New Partnerships to Propel Growth in Cambodia

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MSP Partnerships Social Media Week

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Announcing New Private Sector Partnership under USAID's ACE

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Food Loss and Waste (FLW) Accelerator: Partnering with the Private Sector to Mitigate FLW

Latest Newsletters

MSP is pleased to share its most recent and prior newsletters. 

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March 2024 Newsletter

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Latest Semiannual Reports

MSP is pleased to share its semiannual reports, published each spring and fall. 

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MSP Semiannual Report #7 April 2023 – September 2023

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