This manual was prepared in response to formal requests from the governments of the region for a practical tool that facilitates replication of the initial processes in which ECLAC participated on a joint basis in other chains.
The main objective of this toolkit is to exhibit and disseminate the methodology for strengthening value chains developed by the Subregional Headquarters in Mexico of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). This document lays out the concepts, processes and good practices that have been derived from implementing such a strategy. It is intended to be a useful tool for public sector decision-makers, officials of international bodies and those studying the topic, who are interested in a systematised and proven methodology.
What does this toolkit consist of?
It offers a methodology for the design of participatory strategies focused at the level of stakeholders in a value chain.
What objectives does it seek to fulfill?
- Disseminate and facilitate the replicability of the value-chain strengthening methodology based on practical experience.
- Introduce public and private institutions to good practices in the design of productive development and upgrading strategies.
- Contribute to the design and application of industrial-policy and productive-transformation programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean.
What tools does it offer?
- A methodology for the implementation of industrial policy through the design of specific and focused strategies.
- A systematic process for analysing bottlenecks that value chains encounter.
- Guidelines and good practices for building public-private participatory processes directed at strengthening value chains.
- Systematised concepts and experiences that allow for learning and capacity acquisition processes between public officials, as well as with representatives of international agencies and the private sector.
ECLAC began working on value chains in 2012 as part of a technical assistance initiative for the governments of Argentina and Uruguay that was coordinated from the organisation’s Headquarters in Santiago, Chile. In 2013, ECLAC’s Subregional Headquarters in Mexico City provided technical assistance to the governments of El Salvador and Guatemala, financed by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) , the German Agency of International Cooperation. Between 2014 and 2016, work has continued with eight chains in five countries of the northern subregion of Latin America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and the Dominican Republic), with financing from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). This toolkit revises and updates the material published in 20144, and incorporates the lessons learned in new processes. The toolkit is also enriched by the experience of the authors in transferring the methodology to public officials involved in value chain strengthening processes, as well as to international agencies, research centres and universities.