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We undertake applied research related to development practice – rigorous outputs relevant to different audiences. Our research, and our active participation in development debates, builds on our commitment to advance wider learning and practice.


We have over twenty years of experience applying the MSD approach to a diverse range of sectors. Our experiences includes driving innovation in sectors that MSD is commonly associated with, such as private sector and enterprise development, agricultural value chains and financial inclusion, as well as applying systems thinking to ‘new’ sectors, such as labour and decent work, environment, water and sanitation, education, housing and land reform.

AgricultureEducationEntrepreneurshipFinanceHealth & Social ServicesICTLandMediaPolicySkills & JobsTourismWater & Sanitation


MSD has been applied in a wide range of geographical contexts. From densely populated South Asian countries, to urban East African cities, to small island geographies, there is an increasing body of practical experience implementing MSD around the world.

Australia & PacificEastern & Southern AfricaEuropeGlobalSoutheast AsiaSouthern AsiaWest & Central AsiaWestern, Northern & Central Africa


MSD emerged as a response to improve development effectiveness and there is now a wide range of practical guidance on how to implement systems change programmes. Drawing on our broad experience, we’ve built up a varied collection of insights and examples of adaptive management, facilitation, how to measure sustainability and systemic change.

Adaptive ManagementClimate & EnvironmentDevelopment EffectivenessFacilitationFragile & Crisis Affected MarketsGenderMeasuring SustainabilityMeasuring Systemic ChangeMSD GuidanceMSD in New SectorsResearch Guidance