Good morning - this is Ewan Bloomfield again, from Practical Action Consulting - and today I’m going to be presenting the final paper on the Participatory Market Mapping in Kenya and Sri Lanka, which outlines the conclusions and recommendations that were drawn from the comparison of the workshops.
Importantly the workshops were able to bring together a wide range of market actors and stakeholders from the bioenergy sector. The groups were able to identify the issues negatively affecting their markets and develop recommendations for improving the situation.
Interestingly, various market system similarities were noticed between the two countries, and the experience of the workshops allowed trust to start to develop between various market actors. The workshops showed how real-life case studies were used to highlight emerging issues from the market maps and make specific recommendations which can add value to the PMM exercise.
Overall the workshops showed that the PMM approach is highly relevant to bioenergy market systems for identifying and then working to overcome barriers to energy access for improving the livelihoods of the poor.
A slide show from my presentation yesterday evening which looks at the comparison of these two case studies is also available to download from the main e-conference web page.
Once a PMM workshop has finished how should the recommendations be followed up on and by whom?
What should be the role of NGO’s in the PMM process?
Who is best placed to lead the PMM workshop process?
How can the relationships between the market actors and stakeholders developed during the PMM workshop be continued and built on?