This workstream currently focuses upon the collection of RH supplies market data and how best to collect data that may assist in understanding RH supplies markets, particularly in support of total market approaches and/or private sector engagement. A survey was earlier used to poll implementers and practitioners on their access to market data, their use of such data, and limitations that they may be encountering. Workstream members, led by staff from Abt Associates and the USAID-funded SHOPS Plus project, are developing a guidance note to help users to identify the types of market data needed for their work and to guide them toward relevant, reliable sources of data.
Market Bookshelf is a large and growing open-access collection of health market literature from around the globe. It was launched in May 2017 as a collaboration between the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan (WDI), through the Market Intelligence (MI) Workstream of the RHSC Market Development Approaches Working Group (MDAWG). Market Bookshelf is an easy-to-navigate website where health market knowledge is aggregated and disseminated, at no cost to the user. It contains a rich collection of articles, reports, tools, and presentations – all downloadable to the user with the click of a button. Market Bookshelf covers a broad range of health areas, including contraception, HIV/AIDS, immunization, malaria, maternal health, neonatal and child health, nutrition, tuberculosis and other communicable diseases, and non-communicable diseases, as well. The knowledge platform is easily searchable and downloadable. Each document uploaded to Market Bookshelf is indexed by content area, health area, geography, document type, and year. This website enables the proactive sharing of donor-funded data analyses and market knowledge. It helps to prevent duplication of research efforts and supports the community’s desire to disseminate and build on existing market-related research across health areas. Market Bookshelf ensures that project reports and findings can be accessed long after individual donor-funded projects end, and it functions as a ‘one-stop shop’ for a variety of stakeholders seeking market knowledge.
Carbon Financing workstream
In 2018-2019, a carbon financing workstream within the MDA Working Group supported efforts by Coalition member BelieveGreen to develop a new approach for certifying the developmental impacts of family planning programs, and in particular, reductions in carbon emissions. By packaging these projected reductions for trade in voluntary carbon markets, revenues might then be generated to support family planning programs. Workstream members provided input into a formal methodology for certifying the sustainable developmental impacts of family planning programs.