We can help funders to improve different aspects of their operations. This can include critically analysing their portfolio, training in new skill sets such as developing theory of change, or helping to create change internally through awareness raising workshops.
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.
The Springfield Centre is part of the Strategic Review Panel, an independent advisory group that advises the DFAT on the performance and strategic orientation of AIP-PRISMA. PRISMA provides comprehensive and sustainable solutions for the prosperity of smallholder farming households in Indonesia. The programme works with the private and public sector to help spur growth along the value chain by reducing constraints and barriers to farmer productivity, performance and market access. PRISMA works in a range of commodity sectors, and in supporting markets such as financial services, ICT, irrigation, and crop protection and soil treatment.
Portfolio review and advisory support
The Springfield Centre provided technical advisory services to SIDA Ethiopia in order to revise and improve the country portfolio, including business enabling environment; livelihoods; food security; nutrition; public-private development partnerships (PPDPs); and access to finance programmes. The objective was to transition these diverse programmes towards a more systemic approach and ultimately recommended a consolidated portfolio surrounding urban development.
Strengthening Market Development capacities in the 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 including to the Georgia ‘Alliances’ programme widely regarded as a flagship initiative both by SDC and its implementing agency, Mercy Corps.
Private sector development portfolio in 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.
Advisory support to the Agricultural Markets Development Trust
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 Policy Development
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.