The BDS market development field has clearly made progress in its first few years of activity. However,to advance the field further,and to address incipient signs that spread has not been accompanied by depth in understanding, it now needs to confront ten critical challenges. These are concerned with reasserting the analytical rigour that underpins the approach, with confronting the difficult issues of how to operationalize market development objectives and with building the capacity of organizations and personnel. This article highlights these challenges and, in doing so, positions BDS market development within the wider private sector development field. While neither straightforward nor given to pre-packaged solutions, the issues identified here are relevant to all development efforts aimed at making markets work more effectively and inclusively for the benefit of the poor.
Managing the process of change: Useful frameworks for implementers of making markets work for the poor programmes
This article presents project management frameworks developed and used by PROFIT Zambia - a five-year USAID-funded programme supporting agriculture/natural resources development - to guide its interventions in facilitating inclusive and sustained industry competitiveness. The frameworks showcased in the article are two: an industry pathway and related knowledge management process. The article describes the frameworks and illustrates their use as tools by PROFIT in guiding its interventions in Zambia's domestic beef industry and supportive veterinarian services market. The article concludes by drawing lessons on the use of these frameworks for agencies taking or planning to take a facilitation approach to implementing pro-poor agriculture development projects.