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Participatory market mapping

This step involves the organisation, delivery and follow-up of a series of workshops and events to support all the market actors to map their market together, in detail, and identify barriers and support interventions.

  1. Introduction
  2. Participatory process overview
  3. Roles of the facilitator
    1. Creating the space
    2. Manage the flow
    3. Guiding the process.
    4. Moderating conflict
  4. Participatory Energy Market Mapping (PEMM) event planning.
    1. Participatory event objectives
    2. Participatory event review.
  5. PEMM event preparation.
    1. Participant invitation
    2. Event organisation
  6. Running PEMM events
    1. PEMM workshop design
    2. PEMM event introductions.
    3. Energy Market System Game
    4. Participatory Energy Market Mapping (PEMM).
    5. Participatory Market Analysis
    6. Joint Action Planning
    7. PEMM Wrap Up
    8. Forum Facilitation
    9. Participant Feedback
  7. Events follow-up
  8. Templates and checklists

Step 4 - Introduction


Step 4 of the roadmap describes how to carry out Participatory Market Mapping of the selected energy system, which is achieved through facilitating one or more meetings and workshops with a diverse group of market actors to map and analyse their system together, through a participatory process. The main objectives of these events are as follows, to:

  • Increase the understanding of the market actors about how their system works
  • Facilitate the start of dialogue between them, establishing a platform on which future coordination and collaboration can take place
  • Collectively identify and agree on the main barriers and opportunities that exist within their energy market system
  • Collectively agree on potential targeted interventions for overcoming them

The Process: Building trust between market actors requires frequent and well-facilitated interactions. This is because it often takes time and requires patience for changes to take place in the way the market actors do business with each other, as facilitated by the roadmap process, which results in the tangible and measurable improvements in the selected energy market system.

The Events: The process is best facilitated as a series of participatory events with the range of identified market actors – this includes the main participatory market mapping workshops with representatives from all market system actors, as well as facilitated one-to-one meetings between certain actors, MOG meetings, round tables, business fairs, etc., each building on the outcomes of the last.

Number of Events: There are no set guidelines on how many and what types of events are required, as this depends on how willing the market actors are to start working together to map their market, identify the main barriers and opportunities, and then identify and deliver the activities required for overcoming them as best they can, to allow the energy market system to develop and grow. It is however likely that more than one event will be required.

Financial and Social Impacts: It is also important to note that although these events should be focused on the business aspects related to the development of the selected energy market, they also need to include the social, institutional and political issues, including gender equality. This may slow the process, but addressing these issues is often just as important for the development of the energy market system to achieve effective and sustainable impacts, in particular addressing poverty and marginalisation.

Note: Step 4 of the roadmap builds on the preliminary mapping and analysis carried out in Step 2, but critically involves the facilitation of the market actors to carry out the mapping and analysis themselves so they start to take ownership of the process.

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