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AFE Assessments on Using Market Development Tools for Disaster Risk Reduction (funded by Swiss Development Corporation in Bangladesh).

The FIELD Facilitation Brief series are a set of papers written by the FIELD Facilitation Working Group, an initiative to capture and share the knowledge of FIELD LWA consortium members on effective facilitation in enterprise development, particularly in the context of dealing with lead firms. The report presents the collective response of working group members to the questions outlined within. It has been made public both to inform the work of others and to provide an opportunity for open feedback.

  • FIELD Facilitation Brief 1: Defining Lead Firms & Principles
    This first cycle, was designed to serve as the foundation for the subsequent cycles. It begins with a description of lead firms (in the context of value chain development programs) and is followed by a section on "principles/good practice for facilitation (in the context of working with lead firms)". This section includes topics on sustainability, promoting relationships among value chain actors, choosing lead firms to work with, and structuring collaboration.
  • FIELD Facilitation Brief 2: Lead Firm Selection
    This second "cycle" of discussions of the FIELD Facilitation working group begins with an in-depth examination of criteria for selecting lead firms that includes: the rationale for the criteria, possible indicators for determining whether lead firms satisfy each criterion, additional considerations when using these criteria and possible exceptions, tools and processes for applying these criteria, as well as links to resources used by member organizations of the working group. Lastly, this brief examines the factors that affect decisions about the number of lead firms with which a development organization can or should work.
  • FIELD Facilitation Brief 3: Structuring and Managing Collaboration with Lead Firms
    This third cycle begins with a section on practical measures that development organizations (DOs) can employ to establish and maintain credibility with LFs they are collaborating with. This is followed by a section on developing and negotiating memoranda of understandings (MOUs) with Lead Firms (LFs). This includes a discussion on how to initiate MOUs, the components of successful MOUs, and guidelines for identifying and structuring cost share agreements.
  • FIELD Facilitation Brief 4: Interventions with Lead Firms
    This fourth cycle begins with a "typology" of common interventions that development organizations (DOs) undertake in collaboration with LFs in order to increase the competitiveness of these firms and the value chains they participate in, and to generate sustainable impact for the MSME producers that the LFs buy from or sell to. Following a discussion of the typology, examples of "intervention briefs" (IBs) based on the actual experiences of working group member organizations are presented. Each IB contains a description of the initiative, an outline of the activities, potential cost share opportunities, and a section detailing the lessons learned and challenges faced by DOs.
  • FIELD Facilitation Brief 5: Addressing Absence of LFs in Value Chains
    This document discusses how development programs can promote lead firms to take on missing value chain functions. It begins with a description of VC functions (and lead firms providing those functions) that are sometimes missing in value chains. This is followed by a presentation of different approaches that development organizations can pursue to promote lead firms to take on the missing functions, including real life examples from development programs.

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