Stimulating Private Sector Development in Tanzania: From Implementation to Facilitation

Microlinks, USAID

Presenter(s):

  • Rod Dubitsky, BRAC USA
  • Dr. Md. A. Saleque, BRAC Bangladesh
  • Hem Chandro Roy, BRAC Tanzania

Intervening in smallholder agricultural markets can take many operational forms. The facilitation versus implementation framework is one such taxonomy of classifying agriculture interventions.  BRAC has been intervening in agricultural markets in Bangladesh as an implementer and an actor in agricultural value chains for over 40 years, and has experience over the past seven years in sub-Saharan Africa.

Approximately a year ago, BRAC began the LEAD project in Tanzania, funded by DFID. Under this project, BRAC works as a facilitator to stimulate private sector development by ensuring that the actors in the value chain are functioning more efficiently, providing support to under-served areas, and playing a role in market development where the poor can actively participate. LEAD, which targets over 100,000 maize and poultry farmers, also incorporates an agriculture finance initiative as well as a private sector investment fund.

Please join us for an interactive discussion of a new approach to private sector development in Tanzania with Rod Dubitsky, Md. A. Saleque, and Hem Chandro Roy of BRAC. This presentation about BRAC’s LEAD project will probe the question of whether to facilitate or to implement. It will provide an early sneak peek into the successes and challenges BRAC has encountered in this project to date.

For more information, or to register for the webinar, visit the Microlinks page.