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Conclusions and Recommendations from Participatory Market Mapping in Kenya and Sri Lanka

Dear all

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.

Questions
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?

Relevant Papers
http://www.pisces.or.ke/pubs/pdfs/04007_ECO_Pisces_Bioenergy_Market.pdf
http://practicalaction.org/markets-and-livelihoods/mapping_the_market
http://www.pisces.or.ke/pubs/pdfs/FAO-PISCES%20Case%20Studies%20Final%20Report%20020409.pdf
Hi Ewan,

Thank you ver so much for the insight on the concluding part of the presentation.

In response to your question concerning NGO involvement, I found the discussions around this yesterday evening very interesting. I think Lucho raised some very important issues around the facilitation of a PMM workshop. Even NGO’s are not impartial and come with pre-conceived ideas and therefore will add an influence and bias to the process. Should NGO’s therefore be the facilitators? I think from your presentation yesterday there were discussions surrounding boundaries and the importance of having these in place to prevent bias. I think an NGO still represents to many an impartial advisory and perhaps has more weight and sway in initiating the process but whether they should actively facilitate or is questionable and perhaps only if that is the only solution. Going in to organise into what we think is the best solution does more harm than good. Do you think facilitation through a local partner would be a better approach? In the Kenya and Sri Lanka where Practical Action already have a presence this I guess is the approach that has been taken?

Emma’s presentation raised some interesting points from an anthropological point of view regarding how do you get stakeholders interested in participation? As why should they be interested? How easy in the case studies of Kenya and Sri Lanka did you find it to get all stakeholders involved? Will you do follow up workshops in the near future to explore these ideas further? Perhaps Namiz and Tameezan also have input on this as well.

Best wishes

Miriam
United Kingdom
Thanks for your comments.

I think the role of the facilitator is very important, but to be more sust=
ainable I think it makes sense for the facilitator to come from within the=
group even if this only happens later on once an outside organisation, su=
ch as an NGO, has started the process. I think that once the process start=
s with the first workshop relationships and trust are built over time and =
as market actors start to work together increasingly over time the more ap=
propriate facilitators will naturally emerge. I think that local Governmen=
t officials are often close enough to the markets and issues and can often=
be the best suited facilitators.=20

In Sri Lanka and Kenya the aim is to keep the process going - as an examp=
le Tameezan had a breakfast meeting with relevant stakeholders on the deve=
lopment of the Charcoal Policy Booklet (one of the identified workshop fol=
low up actions) only this morning!

Ewan Bloomfield
Practical Action Consulting
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From: hedon at hedon.info mailto:hedon@hedon.info=20
Sent: 25 March 2011 13:28
To: Ewan Bloomfield
Subject: PISCES E-conference Conclusions and Recommendations from Partic=
ipatory Market Mapping in Kenya and Sri Lanka


Hi Ewan,

Thank you ver so much for the insight on the concluding part of the presen=
tation.=20

In response to your question concerning NGO involvement, I found the disc=
ussions around this yesterday evening very interesting. I think Lucho rais=
ed some very important issues around the facilitation of a PMM workshop. E=
ven NGO=E2=80=99s are not impartial and come with pre-conceived ideas and =
therefore will add an influence and bias to the process. Should NGO=E2=80=99=
s therefore be the facilitators? I think from your presentation yesterday =
there were discussions surrounding boundaries and the importance of having=
these in place=20to prevent bias. I think an NGO still represents to many=
an impartial advisory and perhaps has more weight and sway in initiating =
the process but whether they should actively facilitate or is questionable=
and perhaps only if that is the only solution. Going in to organise into =
what we think is the best solution does more harm than good. Do you think =
facilitation through a local partner would be a better approach? In the Ke=
nya and Sri Lanka where Practical Actio!
n already have a presence this I guess is the approach that has been take=
n?

Emma=E2=80=99s presentation raised some interesting points from an anthrop=
ological point of view regarding how do you get stakeholders interested in=
participation? As why should they be interested? How easy in the case stu=
dies of Kenya and Sri Lanka did you find it to get all stakeholders involv=
ed? Will you do follow up workshops in the near future to explore these id=
eas further? Perhaps Namiz and Tameezan also have input on this as well.

Best wishes

Miriam

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