Research shows that current approaches to supporting rural employment are having a limited impact, particularly when compared to the scale of rural unemployment. As a result, BHA partners are increasingly considering alternative approaches, including incorporating the principles of market systems development (MSD) into rural employment programs to bring about more sustainable systems change. Though there is limited evidence to date, there are promising signs, and the approach has been successfully used by a small number of programs.
This webinar will promote discussion on what has worked, and what hasn't, when bringing a market systems lens to rural jobs. It will highlight several projects taking this approach and provide an opportunity for viewers to share their questions about how MSD can be applied in different contexts. It will also provide clarity on how using an MSD approach is different to standard approaches currently used and the implications for implementers, funders and advisors of rural employment programs.
- Comparing Standard and Market Systems Development Approaches to Rural Employment