New Think Piece
Shifting Institutional Biases: implications for systemic change. Produced for the Beam Exchange, in this paper Eric Derks examines:
- Value chain governance, an already familiar way of characterising inter-firm relations that deal with the rules and mechanisms that firms use to coordinate production through the value chain to meet end-market requirements.
- How different patterns of value chain governance reflect larger systemic, or institutional, biases that result in less or more inclusive behaviours in the market system.
- Leverage points for market development interventions to strengthen more inclusive governance patterns and disrupt less inclusive ones.
New Board Member
On October 28th, The Canopy Lab welcomed a new Board Member, Michael Field. Currently based with Development Alternatives Inc. in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Mike brings more than 20 years experience in systems thinking. He has worked in over 45 countries designing, advising and implementing projects related to private sector, health, educational, and enabling environment challenges for USAID and other donor agencies. Over the past 15 years, Mr. Field has been translating institutional and behavioral economics, as well as systems and complexity theories into practice by developing and conducting trainings, and designing and managing projects.
Disrupting the International Development Industry
In a salon-style event held July 30th in San Francisco, The Canopy Lab founders and [new Board member] Mike Field shared stories from their own experiences applying systems thinking to efforts to develop markets and health systems in several African countries and elsewhere. Representatives from over 20 non-profits, foundations and international development practitioners added their perspectives and experiences and suggestions how the international development industry might grow beyond its pursuit of attributable impacts to approaches more focused on helping systems generate durable positive change. Many thanks go to the Dalberg Global Development Advisors in San Francisco for organizing the event.