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Understanding the unique challenges of commissioning and managing market systems programmes from a funder's perspective is a key competence of the Agora team, many of whom have direct experience as funders. This course introduces key concepts at a high level, but instead of focusing on operational detail, it focused on the specific tasks and challenges faced by funders.

Market Systems Development for funders

MSD for Funders

Take our state-of-the-art elearning course at your convenience and learn about all aspect of being an effective funder in MSD programmes. Benefit from multi-media bite-sized modules, gamified content, and ongoing mentorship from one of Agora's experienced team in how to operationalise your learning.


  • Rapid understanding of what MSD is and how to do it, so you know what to expect from implementers.

  • Programme design - a clear process to understand parameters for programme design and the implications of the decisions made at this stage

  • Finding and selecting implementing partners - covering a wide range of different sourcing, partnership and procurement mechanisms

  • Managing and monitoring programme performance including formal results measurement frameworks and contracts as well as informal tactics to ensure your programme delivers.

  • Communicating MSD to different audiences to help you make the case for pursuing a more sustainable approach to development


  • For donors who take the course - whatever your role in a donor agency, the course will help you to design, manage or support more effective MSD programmes leading to larger scale more sustainable impact. Even if you're not in a position to commission MSD programmes, this course can help you to other types of programming towards improving their impact.

  • For implementers who support their funders to take the course - a more supportive enabling environment to allow you to implement programme more effectively.



  • The course is a state-of-the-art Elearning course, featuring innovative self-paced, mixed-method delivery optimised for learning.

  • Each interactive module features exercises, games, interviews, written and spoken exercises.

  • Modules are visually stunning and designed to engage the learner with a variety of content styles.

  • Audio commentary is included as an option for those who want to vary their learning style.

  • Each module typically takes two hours to complete with a total of 35 hours learning.

  • Repeat the modules as often as you like modules to gain a deeper understanding.

  • Coursework will be assessed by Agora's experienced team who are also there to support throughout the course.

  • On completion, a dedicated mentorship session will be held with each participant to help operationalise the learning.


PARTICIPANTS: The course is aimed at anyone involved in designing, procuring, managing or advising a market systems development programme from a donor perspective. Past participants have included FCDO, Sida, DFAT, ADA, SDC, Gatsby Africa, JICA, the World Bank, ILO, USAID and many more.

Over 150 donors from 15 organisations have already taken the course and this is what they said:


The most engaging and interactive course I've ever had the pleasure to take

FEES: £750 (GBP or local currency equivalent)

Interested? Simply fill in the your details below, use our secure payment gateway to pay the course fee. The course will then be instantly accessible to start your learning journey. If you have any specific questions please email and we'll be happy to help. 

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