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Abt Global is a proud collaborating partner of the 2021 Market Systems Symposium. The conference brings together leading experts, practitioners, and donors from around the globe to discuss the latest approaches to market systems development.

From evaluating food security and agriculture programs to helping countries build climate-resilient communities, Abt has been at the forefront of transforming and strengthening market systems. Visit our virtual booth to learn more.

Our staff look forward to participating in the following sessions:

Tuesday, May 11, 9:00 -10:30 a.m. ET
Plenary: Positioning Yourself for Integrating Natural Resource Management, Climate Change & MSD

There is an increasingly urgent need to apply systems lenses as a way to gain insights into how to better catalyze alignment between political, social, and market forces in support of evidence-based strategies and tactics to counter the human effects of climate change and natural resource management. This session will explore how market forces emerge and change, and how practitioners are trying to catalyze changes in market forces that, in turn, drive behavior change. This session also will feature an interview with practitioners who are utilizing climate financing to catalyze change.
Abt Presenter: Lorine Giangola

Tuesday, May 11, 11:00 a.m. ET
Toolbox: Climate Financing
Clinic session on climate financing: a short presentation on basics of how climate financing works.
Abt Presenter: Lorine Giangola

Wednesday, May 12, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET
Deep Dive Cafe: Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning

Small group discussion on measuring systemic change: Bringing in experience from the AgResults evaluation.
Abt Discussant: Judy Geyer

Thursday, May 13, 7:00 - 8:30 a.m. ET
Deep Dive Café: Market Systems Approaches to Nutrition

Small group discussion on nutrition: bringing in insights from Abt’s Bangladesh Nutrition Activity
Abt Discussant: Jamal Khetran, Abt Global Bangladesh

Thursday, May 13, 7:00 – 8:30 a.m. ET
Clinic: Climate Financing
Small group discussion on climate financing: sharing insights from Climate Economic Analysis for Development, Investment and Resilience (CEADIR) Project
Abt Presenter: Santiago Enriquez

Thursday, May 13, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. ET
Plenary: Gaining Essential Insights into Urban & Peri-Urban Programming – With Impacts Across All Development Outcomes
Urban populations, and especially the urban poor, face substantial challenges, which in many ways are more central to the path to an inclusive middle-income status than the challenges in rural communities. Many challenges related to rural communities depend on how market systems change that is most likely to emerge from urban and peri-urban regions, such as the emergence of manufacturing, ICT, & financial services. This session will include a range of practitioner experiences working with urban poor. Specifically, cases from housing, health, and improving the resilience of urban communities will be highlighted.
Abt Presenter: Ram Ganesan

Monday, May 17, 7:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Deep Dive Café: Adaptive Management Program Design & Pivot
Small group discussion on adaptive management: sharing insights from Feed the Future Cambodia Harvest II Project.
Abt Discussant: Kallyan Ith, Abt Global Cambodia