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We occasionally offer bespoke introductory courses to donor agencies and implementing organisations. Whilst these short (typically 3-5 day) courses do not offer as in depth of a training as our flagship Making Markets Work training, they do provide an overview of the rationale, approach, real life programme examples, and implications for donors or implementers. These short courses offer reflection on the implications for a particular agency, in the case of funders, or in a specific sector, as our short courses in health and financial services for implementing organisations did.

Over the last ten years, we have provided such services to a range of bilateral clients, such as DFID, SDC, Sida, and DFAT, seeking to invest their public resources most sustainability, at scale. Additionally, we also provided sectoral training courses for implementing organisations such as the Financial Sector Deepening Trusts and Population Services International.

Online delivery of MSD training

PRISMA (May to November 2021)

The Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Promoting Rural Incomes through Support for Markets in Agriculture (PRISMA) is currently one of the largest live MSD programmes. A pillar of PRISMA’s effectiveness over the years has been investing to build a strong team, and in 2021 Springfield had the privilege of being part of that by training over 100 PRISMA staff in the principles and practicalities of market systems development through a structured online induction, refresher and mentoring programme. This consisted of six modules focused on core MSD skills – systems and visions, diagnosis and feasibility checks, intervention at the pilot stage, intervening for scale, and monitoring and results measurement – as well as four advanced clinics for more experienced staff members.

A systemic approach to export promotion

SIPPO (June 2021)

Springfield was commission to provide (online) training to the international team of the Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO). SIPPO, funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), supports sustainable and inclusive economic growth and integration of partner countries into world trade. As SIPPO transitions into a 2nd Phase, Springfield provided an intensive and tailored programme of market systems training through a programme of eight highly interactive online sessions. Spread over 2 weeks, the course provided SIPPO staff with a basic understanding of the MSD approach, its key frameworks and its operational implications. The curriculum focused on export promotion system understanding and root cause analysis, vision building and implementation and is being complemented with a programme of hands-on post-training coaching sessions.

Online Resource Development and Delivery of MSD Mentorship Scheme

Mercy Corps (January to March 2021)

Over three months in 2021, Springfield developed and delivered online training for over 20 staff from Mercy Corps Africa’s programmes.

The four modules covered the following topics, with engaging exercises and case study presentations from other MSD programmes:

  • Intervention design and setting up measurement
  • Managing interventions and partnerships
  • Managing for scale and sustainability
  • Monitoring and results measurement

Introduction to MSD

UK Government (January 2019, February 2020)

This three-day programme was delivered to a wide range of UK government agencies – DFID, FCO, CDC, and DIT – interested in better understanding and applying the market systems development course. Over the course of three days, a synthesised curriculum explored the following key components of the market development approach:

  • The rationale for the approach and why it is important
  • Market systems and how to identify systemic constraints to their development
  • The roles of different players – such as governments, the private sector, not-for-profits – in stimulating more inclusive systems
  • Implications for public agencies in terms of programme design and oversight

Springfield has provided similar trainings for other bilateral donors and foundations, as well as blending training with coaching for participants in the application of the frameworks and skills acquired.

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