Feed the Future Market Systems and Partnerships Activity
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Private Sector Partnerships
MSP co-invests with the private sector through milestone-based partnerships, to create shared value from the alignment of core business interests and development goals. MSP mitigates the risk of the private sector to invest, innovate, and engage in areas outside their normal business practices to unlock market-led solutions for addressing specific USAID development objectives at scale. Through a competitive process, MSP evaluates partnership grant activities for their ability to mobilize significant and responsible private investment; to pilot or expand an innovation or practice that can address a development problem; and to contribute to industry-influencing learning. Following a consultative co-development process to refine initial concepts, MSP issues performance-based grants to implement two to three-year partnerships. Central to MSP's approach is an upfront strategic focus on opportunity identification; a drive to use and to iterate on relationship management best practices; and an emphasis on brokering productive relationships between its corporate partners and other market actors to ensure continuity and scale of the piloted investment or business practice beyond the partnership lifecycle. MSP also looks to maximize learn-by-doing synergies with MSP’s global Learning Agenda.
MSP is a demand-driven mechanism. USAID Missions and Operating Units can buy into MSP to support any stage of the program cycle where they seek to deploy market systems development (MSD) or private sector engagement (PSE) approaches. MSP prioritizes Feed the Future target and aligned countries and offers a range of core services, including PSE and MSD, analytical and other services, generating evidence and learning, and capacity building around MSD and PSE. MSP is managed by the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security’s Center for Agriculture-Led Growth.
If you are an interested Mission or Operating Unit, contact the MSP COR Kristin O’Planick or Alternate COR Katie Hauser to discuss our consultative scope development process.
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MSP adopts a highly collaborative approach as part of our goal to support a dispersed network of local leaders in MSD and PSE. We learn alongside the private sector, vulnerable communities, implementers, donors, and other thought and practice leaders. Check the Our Posts section for upcoming events, blogs, briefs, studies, presentations, bi-monthly newsletters, and find opportunities to contribute. Examples of these opportunities include communities of practice, technical advisory groups for discrete initiatives, beta tests, and field-based pilots of tools and analytical frameworks, and more, which support iterative peer learning and real-world contextualization.