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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Facilitating Value Chain Development

A new training curriculum from USAID

USAID has launched a new Facilitating Value Chain Development training curriculum. The curriculum uses an experiential, activity-based methodology to help practitioners think differently about their project strategies and their roles as facilitators of value chain development. Particular emphasis is placed on analyzing market relationships and facilitating pro-poor systemic change. Here you will find several overview documents and the contents of the four modules:
  • Module 1: Understanding a Value Chain System
  • Module 2: Understanding System Dynamics (Analysis)
  • Module 3: Envisioning the Future of a Value Chain System (Strategy Development and Project Planning)
  • Module 4: Managing a Value Chain System Project
Watch the two brief videos below to learn about the purpose of the curriculum and how to use these materials.

Curriculum Documents & Modules

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20 June 2011 - 24 June 2011
International Development Consultants (IDC); Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
The workshop gives participants a profound introduction to the concept and methodology of ValueLinks, the value chain development approach designed by GTZ, Germany.

13 June 2011 - 16 June 2011
MDF; Ede, Netherlands
Improve small farmers' access to finance: how to increase the creditworthiness of smallholders using their position in the value chain by applying innovative financial instruments. This course targets experienced value chain development practitioners and seniors from the financial sector.

Value chain facilitation
7 June 2011 - 10 June 2011
MDF; Ede, Netherlands
Demystifying value chain facilitation. Structuring the facilitation process and applying practical and professional tools to enable smallholders and lead firms to take action. This course targets experienced field practitioners that want to dive deep into value chain development.

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