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Role of Civil Society in Value Chain Development. Eric Derks, ACDI/VOCA ederks@acdivocaghana.org. What is Civil Society?. Research institutes – autonomous/independent Professional organizations Faith-based organizations, mosques, churches Farmer organizations, CBOs

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role of civil society in value chain development

Role of Civil Society in Value Chain Development

Eric Derks, ACDI/VOCA ederks@acdivocaghana.org

what is civil society
What is Civil Society?
  • Research institutes – autonomous/independent
  • Professional organizations
  • Faith-based organizations, mosques, churches
  • Farmer organizations, CBOs
  • NGOs – international and local
  • Others
what are the roles of civil society
What are the Roles of Civil Society?
  • Research
  • Oversight
  • Advocacy
  • Facilitation
  • Implementation

Agronomic

Economic

Policy

Production standards

Environmental safeguards

Women, minorities, poor

Based on research

Extension to oversight function

implementation facilitation
Implementation & Facilitation
  • Implementation: making changes in a market system
  • Facilitation: stimulating others to make changes
  • Which civil society actors are permanent, sustainable parts of a market system?

Growth with Poverty Reduction

Limited Growth with no Poverty Reduction

value chain approach
Value Chain Approach

Implementation & Facilitation

  • Sustainabilityis defined by a value chain’s ability to invest in ongoing improvements and expanded benefits for smallholders
  • Facilitationensures local ownership of improved performance and eases projectexit
  • Knowledge management needed to ensure that interventions are resulting in desired changes
challenges
Challenges
  • Limited civil society participation in design and implementation of key national/government programs
  • Weak information base
  • Relies on good will
  • Thin on the ground
  • Conflict and duplication among civil society groups