What is market system resilience?
Market system resilience (MSR) is the ability of a market system to respond to shocks and stresses in a proactive fashion to sustain inclusive market functions that serve vulnerable producers, business owners, workers, and consumers.
A market system is a dynamic space in which private and public actors collaborate, coordinate, and compete for the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.
Participatory research & learning approach
RTI International conducts applied research and learning on market system resilience in developing countries to design and implement evidence based MSR programming that
- Adapts to local contexts
- Responds to emergent shocks and stresses, and
- Strengthens resilience at the system, regional, community and household levels.
We apply USAID’s MSR Framework by developing resilience theories of changes, designing and conducting studies and evaluations, and facilitating learning and adaptive management workshops to strengthen results of market systems development programs.
The system resilience approach can be applied to many types of systems, ranging from agricultural, environmental, water, energy, and health. Potential application of RTI’s MSR approach include:
- Implement market system resilience approach at baseline and end-line to evaluate project contributions to change over time in qualitative and quantitative indicators across eight domains
- Implement full approach once to strengthen/realign programming
- Use the resilience theory of change activity to prioritize indicators and measure outcomes through the project’s M&E activities
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