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Our last newsletter of 2021...

Crazy to think that another year has gone by already! Although the spectre of COVID is still very much on everyone's minds, and still hampering our ability to get back to regular travel, we have made some important steps toward 'normality' this year. We very much hope this continues in 2022.

Training Course, Albania, Nov'21

MSD: a funder perspective

One of the most exciting things in 2021 for the Springfield Team was getting back to in-person training. Our 5-day programme in Tirana was a great success and reminded our team of the value of getting people together from a variety of sectors, countries and organisations to exchange thoughts and ideas and to learn from each other. 38 participants from 12 different countries and 12 different organisations gathered to develop their understanding of the fundamentals of Market Systems Development.

We're hoping that next year will bring more opportunities to offer MSD training. Make sure you're subscribed to our mailing list for updates.

MSD: a funder perspective, Tirana, Nov'21

Sustainable Cocoa Production Program (SCPP) Case Study Series

Springfield were recently commissioned to write a series of case studies based on a Swisscontact project. They examine the experience of a PPDP in Indonesia’s cocoa sector over nearly two decades, how the partnership evolved as the sector changed, and its contribution to transforming Indonesia’s cocoa industry as it faced global and domestic challenges. Seven development organisations and eleven private cocoa buyers contributed approximately USD 55m to the PPDP – the Partnership – making it one of the largest partnerships between donors and businesses in a commodity sector. The Partnership focused on improving production and building sustainable supply chains. Key features of the partnership were its clarity of purpose, ownership by key stakeholders and the involvement of a ‘lynchpin’ funder, SECO, and implementing organisation, Swisscontact, throughout, which provided continuity and stability.

Partnership for Promoting Rural Incomes through Support for Markets in Agriculture (PRISMA) Online Training

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. 

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Kate Fogelberg reminds us of some words of wisdom from the youngest, and oldest, US Secretary of Defense, and examines how they can help us, as an MSD community, get practical and realistic about approaching resilience. 

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A snapshot of the work we have been involved in over the past few months.
Best wishes,

The Springfield Team
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