The hands-on experience in implementing MSD is available for download.


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HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation have summarised experience gathered in the course of their several year-long Rural Development Livelihood Development Programme in Tanzania in a number of learning documents.

The Rural Livelihood Development Programme was financed by the Swiss Agency Development and Cooperation (SDC) and implemented by a consortium of HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation and Swisscontact between 2005 and 2015. It aimed to improve the livelihoods of smallholder producers and related enterprises in the Central Corridor of Tanzania through increased income and employment opportunities. In 2015, the RLDP engaged in a Capitalisation of Experiences (CapEx) process to understand what lessons could be learned from its work focusing on three topics: Programme Management applying the market systems development (MSD) approach, Contract Farming and Gender Mainstreaming.

The learning document Programme Management for Market Systems Development (MSD) Approaches aims to explore the extent to which RLDP’s internal management systems supported effective market systems development. The second document explores Contract Farming Initiatives and analyses the effectiveness of the RLDP efforts to catalyse systemic change at both the farmer and the market systems levels.

The learning document Gender Mainstreaming in Tanzania’s Central Corridor explores RLDP’s experiences with gender mainstreaming in planning, implementing and monitoring to reflect on main challenges as well as to share lessons learned.

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