Co-Founder and CEO
Ben specializes in identifying, implementing and measuring business solutions for positive social impact. Ben is the Co-Founder and CEO of MarketShare Associates, a global consulting firm generating actionable insights for economic development. Ben has 20 years of experience in creating social impact across more than 30 countries, working with private sector consultancies and technology companies, multilateral institutions, universities, impact investors and bilateral governments. Ben is the author of numerous papers on transformative learning for social impact, including most recently Shifting the Locus of Learning: Catalyzing Private Sector Learning to Drive Systemic Change. He is based in Denver.
This session will share a summary of key findings from an ex-post study conducted 3.5 years following the closure of the USAID-funded Naatal Mbay Activity and published in July 2023. While the study looked at the extent to which four systemic changes supported by the Activity endured and their relative scale and sustainability relative to program closure, this presentation would specifically examine the durability of program investments in digitalization by small-scale rice farmers (e.g., estimating agricultural input needs, harvest volumes). Given that funder investments in ex-post studies are uncommon, this presentation will offer a rare opportunity to learn about the durability of ICTforAg following program closure.