Value Chain Development

A product is rarely directly consumed at the place of its production. It is transformed, combined with other products,transported, packaged, displayed etc. until it reaches the final consumer. In this process the raw materials, intermediate products and final products are owned by various actors who are linked by trade and services, and each add value to the product. Various types of public and private services, like business development services, electricity, transport, financial services, etc., are as important as favourable framework conditions, i.e. laws, regulations and their enforcement.

The Value Chain model supposes that by understanding these interactions, it is possible for private and public agencies (including development agencies) to identify points of intervention to increase efficiency and thereby increase total generated value, and to improve the competence of intended actors to increase their share of the total generated value.

In 2010 the E+I network launched a series of three e-learning cycles on M4P and Value Chain Development. It focused on "planning, implementing and evaluating" projects and programs related to M4P and Value Chain Development (VCD). Find the synthesis papers here.


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Case studies / evaluations


  Evaluation of SDC's Vocational Skills Activities
April 2011
Author: Markus Maurer, Uwe Wieckenberg, Rolf Arnold, Philipp Gonon, Katharina Michaelowa
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FSD Social Performance


The Role of Investors in Promoting Social Performance in Microfinance
June 2008
Author: European Microfinance Platform

This publication of the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP)discusses the role investors can play in introducing social performance. The publication was prepared by the Social Performance Working Group of e-MFP, and is partly based on a workshop for Microfinance Investment Vehicles (MIV) organised by SDC in Bern in March 2007. The French copy contains only the part on the MIV workshop - La copie française ne contient que les conclusions du séminare sur la pérformance sociale de mars 2007 à Berne.

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Guiding Documents SDC


A Manual on Managing Cooperation in Financial Sector Development- update January 2010
January 2010
Author: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC

This Manual for Strategic and Operational Project Cycle Management (PCM) aims at improving Accountability for Results in SDC Financial Sector Development cooperation projects. The manual provides practice-oriented guidance to development professionals dealing with FSD projects. The manual focuses on planning, monitoring, evaluating and steering FSD initiatives. Its main audience is SDC programme management staff and partner representatives with whom projects are planned, monitored and evaluated.

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Tools


A Manual on Managing Cooperation in Financial Sector Development- update January 2010
January 2010
Author: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC

This Manual for Strategic and Operational Project Cycle Management (PCM) aims at improving Accountability for Results in SDC Financial Sector Development cooperation projects. The manual provides practice-oriented guidance to development professionals dealing with FSD projects. The manual focuses on planning, monitoring, evaluating and steering FSD initiatives. Its main audience is SDC programme management staff and partner representatives with whom projects are planned, monitored and evaluated.

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VSD Gender


  Gender and Skills Development: A Review
2012
Author: United Nations Girls Initiative / Alícia Borges Månsson and Ulf Färnsveden

Background paper for the EFA Global Monitoring Report 2012

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