Step 7: Participatory Planning

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Participatory Planning explains how to help market actors move towards a shared vision of their market systems through coordinated action and collaboration.

In this step you will find principles, recommendations and action points that will help you to harness and leverage the energy, interests and resources of the market actors in order to make them the masters of their own strategies.

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Step 7: Participatory Planning

  1. 1. Step 7: Participatory Planning BACK TO MAP
  2. 2. Participatory Planning Summary Participatory Planning explains how to help market actors move towards a shared vision of their market systems through coordinated action and collaboration. In this step you will find principles, recommendations and action points that will help you to harness and leverage the energy, interests and resources of the market actors in order to make them the masters of their own strategies.7
  3. 3. Participatory Planning Rationale The participatory planning stage will allow you to: • Help the market actors move towards their visions following a “path of least resistance”. • Help actors to understand how their actions will affect the rest of the system, and how to prioritise changes that work with the system rather than against it. • Channel tensions and interests amongst actors into concrete strategies and action plans • Promote and influence the capacity of influential lead firms and market actor groups to deliver change in the market system • Understand common issues that you or the market actors will face when advocating for policy change7
  4. 4. Participatory Planning Top Tips • Help market actors to prioritise strategies and actions in an ascending order of difficulty, risk and cost. However don’t forget to factor in passion and interest! • Where two actions have similar levels of difficulty, risk and cost, encourage actors to prioritise the one that will make future actions easier, less risky or cheaper to implement • Help market actors to recognise areas of tension as a great starting point for creating change • Challenge actors to plan each action with a long term, sustainable strategy in terms of which actors will be responsible for carrying out the action, and who will fund it (“who does, who pays”) • Help actors prepare for the unexpected, and sometimes negative effects of change – help them to adapt to these rather than be dissuaded, and to use failures as opportunities for learning • Engage influential actors such as lead firms and multi-actor groups as a means to create and drive change7
  5. 5. Participatory Planning Guidelines Download a detailed set of notes describing our past experiences, recommendations and action points on how to help market actors move towards a shared vision of their market systems through coordinated action and collaboration. • Step 7 Guidelines – Participatory Planning7
  6. 6. Participatory Planning Training Before you start training practitioners on how to facilitate workshops, make sure you have covered the Facilitation Skills and Attitudes module. This module enables participants to be more confident and competent in putting the tools and principles of PMSD into practice. • Facilitation Skills Training Materials – Facilitator Guide • Facilitation Skills Training Materials – Slides7
  7. 7. Participatory Planning Training Download training materials that can be used in workshops to train practitioners how to facilitate participatory planning, through games, exercises and discussions. • Step 7 Training Materials – Facilitator Guide7
  8. 8. Participatory Planning Templates Download the templates from the participatory planning guidelines: • Step 7 Template – Participatory Planning7
  9. 9. Participatory Planning Case Studies Read case studies of how other projects have facilitated participatory planning: • Transforming Livestock Markets in Zimbabwe • Young Rural Entrepreneurs in Peru7
  10. 10. Participatory Planning Further Resources • Defining Lead Firms - The FIELD Facilitation Working Group7
  11. 11. 1 Market System Selection 2 Preliminary Mapping and AnalysisParticipatory Planning 3 Strategic Design and Planning 4 Empowering Marginalised Actors 5 Engaging Key Actors 6 Participatory Market Mapping 7 Participatory Planning 8 Facilitating Change 9 Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning 10 Communicating Evidence for Uptake7

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