Market systems approaches such as market systems development (MSD) or Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) have been identified as an effective strategy for facilitating improved food security and nutrition outcomes. These approaches aim to reduce poverty by transforming the systems structure and characteristics around them to increase the market participation on terms that are of inclusive and beneficial to them. They identify and address the root causes of why market systems often fail to meet the needs of the vulnerable and marginalized working with local actors to create sustainable long-term solutions to these issues.
This online learning course will offer a tailored, comprehensive training on applying market system approaches in FSN programming. It will offer integrated approaches that leverage MSD to drive impact, efficiency and sustainability, and access to tools that build quality MSD programming as articulated by the MERS.
This course will combine self-paced online learning modules along with supporting group sessions to enhance peer learning opportunities and tailored groups and one-to-one mentoring sessions, where applicable. Input from participants will be gathered in advance to assure tackling challenging topics during content designing and maximizing participants interaction and enhancing their learning experience. The course is expected to cover six modules:
Module 1: Market Systems and Market Based Programming in Emergencies
Module 2: MSD in Food Security and Nutrition in Development Contexts
Module 3: MERS Purpose, Structure, and Application of MERS
Module 4: MERS General Standards: Core and Assessment and Analysis Course Objectives Course Description
Module 5: MERS Technical Standards: Enterprise and Market Systems Development, Asset Distribution, Financial Services, Employment
Module 6: Applying MERS in FSN programming
All course participants will be engaged through a learning management system (LMS), which will feature course announcements, a discussion forum, class learning modules (containing the agenda for each class, class materials and assignments).
If you are interested in applying for this learning opportunity, please read the full course description and fill out this online application no later than August 9, 2021. The course will be offered to selected participants at no cost.