Analytical frameworks for assessing ICT and agribusiness ecosystems


DFID is exploring the analytical frameworks used to assess the support market system for startup businesses in the ICT and agribusiness sectors. This review of analytical frameworks will help inform a Terms of Reference (ToR) for carrying out startup ecosystem assessments in Ghana and Kenya.

This review includes discussions of how M4P frameworks, gender-based frameworks such as Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE), the innovation systems-based Triple Helix framework, Michael Porter’s Diamond Model framework and business community methodologies assess startup ecosystems. The report identifies the conceptual foundations of each framework, describes how each framework is operationalised and provides examples of the frameworks’ applications. Particular efforts are made to provide examples of how these frameworks have been applied in studies of developing country startup ecosystems in the information and communications technology (ICT) and agribusiness sectors.


Denison, M; Vidra, R.K. Analytical frameworks for assessing ICT and agribusiness ecosystems. (2013) 34 pp.

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