About the Project
A market system is defined as “a dynamic space—incorporating resources, roles, relationships, rules, and results—in which private and public actors collaborate, coordinate, and compete for the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.” In Honduras, the USAID-funded Transforming Market Systems Activity (TMS) seeks to understand, diagnose and address complex market behaviors and relationships that contribute to inequality and lack of economic growth. Overall, the activity seeks to sustainably increase business sales and create jobs with a total projected investment of $49.5 million from 2018 to 2023.
LINC is working in partnership with ACDI/VOCA (prime) and Nathan Associates, Inc. (sub) to develop market systems that are more competitive, resilient, and inclusive. Across several different economic sectors, we are piloting and implementing solutions that use a systems perspective to development. This approach includes identifying potential leverage points among actors in selected market systems and enabling those actors to be the drivers of change. Through highly-participatory and locally-led efforts, we expect to achieve results that are both more effective and sustainable.
LINC is leading efforts in the areas of systems thinking by incorporating social network analysis and other systems methods into the design, monitoring, and evaluation of activities. LINC is also leading capacity development activities to strengthen not only the performance of individual firms and associations, but also the performance of the broader systems within which they operate. By facilitating more effective interactions and linkages among actors, we seek to improve their ability to achieve collective goals and the short- and long-term.