DevLearn Digest 5 – Institutionalising Market Systems Development

DevLearn Digest 5 – Institutionalising Market Systems Development Hi everyone, We have a bit of a special newsletter this month, summarising recent discussions we’ve been having on how to institutionalise market systems development (MSD). We hope you find the tips and ideas below helpful – please email us to let us know any feedback! Why institutionalise market systems development? When done right, market systems development (MSD) challenges traditional ways of working in development. It asks donors to acknowledge uncertainty and abandon…

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DevLearn Digest 4 – Training and Ideas

DevLearn Newsletter 4 – Training and Ideas Dear all, I hope you had a good holiday season, for those of you celebrating! This newsletter has a slightly different format to the usual, as we want to let you know about our upcoming April training course and three project ideas that we are excited about and looking for partners on. The next newsletter will return to normal, providing tips and resources for market systems development. April Training Courses: Market Systems Development…

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DevLearn Digest 3: DevLearn Jobs And M&E Tips

Newsletter #3 – Jobs, Marriage, and M&E Developing an MEL system is like planning a wedding Developing an M&E framework is a bit like planning a wedding. Admittedly it’s unlikely to be the best day of your life, and you won’t be showing pictures of the M&E Framework to your children in years to come. There is one critical point of similarity. Like weddings, M&E Frameworks are difficult to develop. They require a lot of time and some level of…

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DevLearn Digest 2 – Follow The Money!

DevLearn Newsletter #2 – Follow The Money! Insight: Help your team get better at financial analysis My own experience in financial analysis began seven years ago, at a comedy club in North London. I love stand-up comedy and was excited to find out that this venue (the Invisible Dot) was looking to crowd-source investment. A series of comedians cracked jokes about the uncomfortable seating – “they spend more on their type-face than their chairs” – and asked us all to…

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DevLearn Digest 1 – Enough Market Analysis Already!

DevLearn Newsletter 1 – Enough Market Analysis Already! Welcome to the first DevLearn newsletter! The aim is to stay connected with all the wonderful people we work with, and share useful tips and ideas on systems approaches to inclusive economic growth. Each newsletter will include one practical tip, one insight, and one useful resource. Please send us feedback on what you find useful and what you would like to see more or less of. If you find it helpful, please forward to…

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Open Position at DevLearn

We’re hiring a Junior Consultant! This is a great opportunity for someone with experience in market systems development and (preferably) monitoring and results measurement, to take their skills and expertise to the next level with a friendly, growing international consulting firm. If you are interested in this position and think you are eligible, please send your CV, cover letter, and a writing sample to rahaf@devlearn.co.uk by the 7th of January 2022. For more details check the full TOR 1. Junior…

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A tale of two market systems

I recently made two purchases, of roughly equivalent value.* Firstly, I rented a small flat in Bristol for the next 12 months. Secondly, I hired a developer to create a new online platform for DevLearn’s online training courses. In both cases, I was purchasing a service – but in all other ways, the experience as a consumer was completely different. Contrasting the two is a useful illustration of the different ways in which market systems can fail. As a prospective…

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How much money and carbon does remote working save?

Since March this year, I estimate that DevLearn’s switch to remote working has saved our clients approximately three quarters of a million dollars  and 500 tons of CO2. The emissions saved equates to the annual carbon usage of 80 people in the UK, or a small village in Bangladesh. The majority of this saving has come from growth in our online training courses. Our online training course has been running since 2015, and has always been popular with individuals looking…

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Why M&E is like social work

My wife started a new job as a social worker two years ago. As a long-standing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) consultant, I was rather jealous. Like many of my colleagues, I get tired of arms-length bureaucracy, managing data about projects in another continent. The idea of working directly with service users, being able to communicate and support them, was rather appealing. I’ve learned since then, however, that M&E and social work have a lot in common. Both professions frequently fail…

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How to collect data from market actors

DevLearn has provided online training on Market System Development (MSD) to over 400 people from around the world. Each participant has different experience and expertise that we could share among ourselves to broaden our knowledge. So when one of our participants took the initiative to arrange an ongoing community for participants to share their experiences, we were excited about the opportunity.   The first DevLearn MSD webinar was conducted on the 14th of July 2020 and the topic was how…

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