DCED-BEAM Seminar, Nairobi, February 2018

The Seminar had joint themes of results measurement (particularly around the Standard), and market systems development in cities.

The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development and the BEAM Exchange organised a two-day event featuring a lively interactive programme drawing on practical field experience. There were about 140 participants, including 27% staff of DCED member agencies. 73 participants filled in feedback forms; 85% of those reported that the event had fully met their expectations.

A summary report on the event is available here.

Seminar agenda, presentations and handouts

Wednesday 21st February 2018

Session 1, 08:30 – 10:00

  • Welcome and opening walk through the agenda
  • World cafe

Session 2, 10:30 – 12:00

  • Breakout 2.1: Urban Messiness: Income generation in cities

Ben Taylor (Springfield Centre), Nathalie Gunsekera (Mercy Corps) – Urban Messiness: Income generation in cities

  • Breakout 2.2: The DCED Standard: What is it? How can it help you?

Nabanita Sen Bekkers – An Introduction to the DCED Standard for Results Measurement

Kamau Kuria and Judy Odongo (KMT) – Successes & Lessons: Managing the KMT MRM System

  • Breakout 2.3: Businesses create impact: adaptive management, feedback loops and the role of businesses in results measurement

Mollie Liesner (ITAD), Ben Fowler (MSA) – Businesses create impact: adaptive management, feedback loops and the role of businesses in RM

Session 3, Plenary session, 13:30 – 15:00

  • MSD & Job quality – ILO Lab and decent work

Steve Hartrich (ILO), Raksha Vasudevan (MSA), Leanne Rasmussen, Callie Ham (ILO) – combined presentations here.

Session 4, 15:30 – 17:00

  • Breakout 4.1: Creating jobs in urban waste management

Gerry McCarthy and Ailsa Buckley – Sharing practical experience in solid waste collection and recycling, from Coffey in Nigeria and Swisscontact in Tanzania.

Video about iDE’s experience with market-driven latrine services in Bangladesh:

  • Breakout 4.2: What can qualitative approaches bring to assessing results? Experiences using mixed methods and realist evaluation approaches

GB Banjara (Swisscontact), Babui Salsabil (Swisscontact) – Katalyst’s Experience of Using Mixed Methods in Measuring Results

Ed Hedley (ITAD) – Using Realist Evaluation: Itad experience

  • Breakout 4.3: Let’s hear it for technology: results measurement and tech solutions

Amleshwar Singh (Swisscontact) – Sahaj-NAMDP Information Management System

Khaled Khan (Palladium) – Powerful Data Visualization with Power BI

Adriana Mendieta (Swisscontact) – Transforming Data into Meaningful Results Using Power BI

Mohammed Nurul Azam (Palladium) – Using GIS to measure impact of tractor interventions

Sylvanus Albua (DAI) – Using GIS to enhance the functionality of MRM systems

  • Breakout Session 4.4: Creating decent work and formal jobs for vulnerable women migrating to cities

Devon Krainer (MEDA) – Creating decent work for women and youth migrating to cities: India’s home healthcare system

Nebil Kellow (Enterprise Partners) – Supporting Ethiopia’s industrial transformation


Thursday 22nd February 2018

Session 6, 8:30 – 10:00

  • Breakout 6.1: The results achieved by programmes using the markets systems approach (Evidence for success: definitions, results and responsibilities)

Mike Albu (BEAM), James Robinson (ITAD), Mollie Liesner (ITAD), Jim Tanburn (DCED) – Evidence of success

  • Breakout 6.2: What can qualitative approaches bring to assessing contribution? Experiences using outcome harvesting and contribution analysis

Zakaria Tavberidze (Mercy Corps – ALCP) and Tim Sparkman (Helvetas) – Outcome Harvesting for ALCP’s Purposeful and Potential Consequences

Ed Hedley (ITAD), Gordon Freer (ITAD) – Using Contribution Analysis in M4P: Evaluating Samarth-NMDP

  • Breakout 6.3 (split session): Industrialisation sector: challenges and opportunities for results measurement + Job creation in the tourism sector: using multipliers to estimate employment creation

Adam Kessler (Enterprise Partners) – What have we learned from results measurement in industrialisation programmes?

Muaz Jalil (Palladium), Mujaddid Mohsin (Palladium), Syeda Samira Saif (Palladium) – Estimating Tourism Impact Using Multipliers

Fisnik Bajrami – Tourism Employment Proxy and Multipliers – PPSE case

Session 7, Plenary session, 10:30 – 12:00 

  • The competencies needed for market systems development

Mike Albu (BEAM Exchange) – A competency framework for market systems development

Rubaiyath Sarwar (Innovision Consulting) – Building High Performing MSD Teams

Session 8, 13:30 – 15:00

  • Breakout Session 8.1: Jobs & urban growth from IT services in Palestinian Territories

Bill Grant (DAI) – Stimulating technology markets to tackle urban unemployment

Arsalan Ali Faheem (DAI) – Palestinian Market Development Programme

Naomi Somerville-Large (DAI) – Arab Women’s Enterprise Fund

Ryan Sturgill (Mercy Corps) – Accelerating Gaza’s Tech Eco-system

  • Breakout Session 8.2: Adaptive management and RM: Integrating the DCED Standard with other approaches (USAID Collaboration, Learning and Action and CGAP)

Bilash Mitra (ACDI VOCA) – Using elements of the DCED Standard for CLA

Deanna Morris (UNCDF), Muaz Jalil (UNCDF) – MRM System for a Financial Inclusion Program: The Case of UNCDF’s SHIFT ASEAN Program

  • Breakout Session 8.3: Small but mighty: Applying the DCED Standard to small programmes

Julius Mutio (ILO), Mena Gul Hemat (ILO) – Making the most of the DCED Standard in
a small programme in a fragile context: Lessons in applying the Standard amongst the constraints

Session 9: Final plenary, 15:30 – 16:30

  • Insights gleaned during the two days
  • Next steps

Additional resources

The following videos were provided by Propcom Mai-karfi, a programme that was represented at the Seminar:

Feedback from participants in the 2018 Seminar

  • “Went by so quick! Excellent technical content.”
  • “Seeing diverse MRM processes across various programs has helped me gain broader perspective about my work.”
  • “It was my first time. It was very good to know what is going on around the world on MSD/DCED and others.”
  • “Presentations on non-traditional sectors were very interesting.”
  • “I enjoyed the diverse format, shifting between plenary and breakouts. Breaks were adhered to and the schedule wasn’t over burdened. Having a theme.”
  • “The presentation on competencies needed for MSD was extremely helpful to design coming MSD teams and projects.”

Previous events

  • You can view the 2016 DCED Seminar here, the 2014 Seminar here, and the 2012 Seminar here.
  • You can find out more about previous BEAM conferences on market systems here.


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