We guide and mentor organisations wishing to reorient their approach to one more likely to deliver sustainable and large scale change. This can encompass revisions to organisational structure and strategy, as well as the reorganisation of programmes, and upskilling of teams and culture to deliver on this revised approach.
GENERATION is an ‘education to employment’ model developed by McKinsey & Company and deployed in a number of countries to support disadvantaged youth in career preparation. In Kenya the initiative is supported by Sida and Springfield was commissioned to undertake a review of the model, its efficacy and potential sustainability. Springfield experts worked with the GENERATION team to define the market system for vocational training services, identify the degree to which the prevailing model addressed identified system-level constraints, and assess the long-term sustainability and scale-ability of the model. The input produced a number of recommendations for model refinement and the development of more facilitative partnership strategies and tactics.
The Springfield Centre is retained as strategic advisers to Gatsby Africa. Our support is focused on building their expertise as a funder-implementer, helping to deepen and strengthen their senior capacity to learn from others, innovate approaches, and then design, implement and monitor large-scale, complex sector development programmes. We are playing a critical role across the portfolio on overall strategy and development of new programmes and partnerships.
The Springfield Centre were engaged with GOAL over the course of a year to assist the organisation to reorient towards a market systems approach. The engagement involved awareness raising at a central level, review of sectoral and programme strategies, and training of key staff.
Strengthening Results Delivery
Springfield have supported the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) in strengthening their economic growth portfolio’s results delivery in relation to Making Markets work for the poor (M4P) of the Swedish strategy for Uganda 2018-2023, by focusing on enhancing sustainability and systemic thinking. Support included technical and strategic inputs and capacity building to adapt the existing portfolio as well as design, operationalise and monitor new interventions more systemically.
Strengthening Market Development Capacities
SDC, South Caucasus
Springfield provided long-term support to the development and implementation of SDC’s ‘Economic Development and Employment’ programming across the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia). Support focused on
market development capacity strengthening and oversight and included specific technical advisory support to eight individual programmes across the region and facilitation of regional learning activities and events. Springfield provided strategic advice to SDC’s programme managers in each country and at regional level as well as programme-level advice.
Private Sector Development Portfolio
SDC, South and West Serbia
Provision of on-going advisory support to SDC’s private sector development portfolio. The mandate includes both portfolio strategy and management advice to SDC as donor, alongside implementation strategy and tactical advice and support to the two programme implementers in South and South-West Serbia. The portfolio has successfully adopted the market systems development approach and, uniquely, works through two regional development agencies with whom Springfield works closely to build their capacity through a combination of strategic, operational and training related inputs. Both programmes has been regarded as two of SDC’s flagship initiatives in the Balkans region.
Springfield are advising the AMDT technical and programme investment committees on efficient and effective delivery of this US$68m programme. Advice and support includes sector (sunflowers, maize and pulses value chains) intervention strategies and plans, core delivery team systems, structures, strategy, skills and services and strengthening the capacities of the outsourced market systems facilitators in the pilot sunflower value chain. Advice, through workshops, has also be provided on the M4P approach / methodology, including monitoring and results measurement and efficient and effective market facilitation.
Technical Support for Regional Development Policy
Sida, East Africa
Springfield assisted SIDA’s East Africa regional team in developing their new strategy to ensure inclusiveness and sustainability in cross-border programming. Support involved providing technical inputs to papers and meetings to help the team to think through the issues in a strategic and practical way.
Consultative Group to Assist the Poor
Adviser to CGAP’s work on advancing the role of donors and DFIs in using a market systems development approach in their future support for advancing financial inclusion. Inputs included training CGAP staff, providing advisory support to the preparation of new funder guidelines on best practices in market systems development and on monitoring and evaluation.
Developing Theories of Change
Springfield supported DFID’s country office in Tanzania to examine the theories of change across their entire portfolio. This was a process oriented assessment and capacity building assignment which aimed to help DFID to develop a unified approach to theories of change across the different sectors in which they work.
Springfield were engaged across multiple years to provide support to the Mastercard Foundation with a view to adapting the organisational strategy towards sustainable and large scale impact. The engagement primarily took the form of capacity building of key staff.