by Lucho Osorio
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Proposed topics for 2012
Progress in the last year, achievements,
challenges and strategic reflection (how would
you like MaFI to be in 2013?). Then we split
into subgroups. Here's some options:
Local Learning Groups: experiences from
Bangladesh (MDF-Rajiv), Rwanda (Debora
Randall), Brazil (Gianluca) and ideas to create
a promotion and coordination system
Production of knowledge from MaFI: ideas to
come up with a sustainable system to
synthesise and produce briefs, papers, cases
Capacity building of market facilitators: is it
now the right time to thnk again about an
international capacity building system? How
ambitious can we be? Should we start small
and come up with a MaFI standard for
facilitators' skills and attitudes?
A manifesto to change the rules of the international development cooperation system to make it more facilitation-friendly for inclusive market development initiatives.
Systemic M&E: embracing systems and
complexity to measure what matters in inclusive
market development, The Big Three (issues), Excessive focus on OUR effects
on the poor, Excessive focus on extraction of
information and accountability to the
donors, Sustainability understood as
longevity of OUR legacy, The Seven Principles:, Indirectness of Impact, Depth of Impact, Network-driven change, Unpredictability, Sensitivity to external signals, Information deficit, Susteinability as adpatability, NEW!!! Synthesis paper: the Big Three Issues and
the Seven Principles to build a usable systemic
M&E framework, Online discussion in collaboration with
USAID's Microlinks (23-25 Oct 2012), Live webinar with top
experts sharing concrete
examples of what they are
doing to tackle the Big
Three. (24 Oct), Plenary at the SEEP 2012
Member-led discussion syntheses
How to use smart subsidies for agricultural
knowledge & info services
How to integrate experiential knowledge and
staff observations in value chain M&E (in
collaboration with The Groove and USAID's
This is an ongoing initiative. MaFI members introduce themselves to the rest of the group (on LinkedIn only).
Lessons for facilitators
Video lesson #1
Video lesson #2
Ways to make MaFI work for you (Please
discuss with the facilitator in advance)
Do your meet often with colleagues nearby?
Connect that group with MaFI
Turn your project team into a local learning
Bring training or mentoring discussions into
MaFI. Why keeping them amongst a few
when they could change the world or get
inputs from top-class experts?
Make MaFI part of your competitive advantages
when writing a proposal
Do you or any of your colleagues have to
organise a presentation about a topic that is
relevant to MaFI members? Why not doing it
thorugh MaFI to boost your outreach and
enrich it with the collective wisdom of MaFI
Giving your blog more visibility and a
specialist audience (through RSS integration).
Promote a discussion that matters to you: share
experiences and resources, ask questions,
challenge members, etc.
Use the "like" (thumbs up) button when you like a
discussion or a post.
Close the learning loops: if you got enough
feedback, let MaFI know what you learned or
how you used the knowledge to change the
Say "THANKS" in public to all of those who
have interacted with you.
Embed MaFI documents from Slideshare into
your websites and blogs. E.g.
Spread MaFI love around the world: talk about it
with your friends and colleagues.
Show off your afiliation to MaFI in your CV.
Being an active and committed MaFI
member means that you are a world
Help to synthesise a discussion you care about
and share it with the world.
Show off your contributions to MaFI via your
social networks and in your CV. For example:
"This month I am the winner of the MaFI Top
Influencer of the Month Award!" or "Today I
learned this on MaFI: ___"
Promote a local learning group in your
organisation or village/town/city.
Ask the facilitator to send you the instructions
to introduce yourself to the rest of MaFI
Follow MaFI on Twitter (@marketfacil) and
re-tweet stuff you like
Become a fan of MaFI on Facebook and share
stuff you like with your network of friends.