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The SEEP Network 
Annual Conference

October 1-3, 2018

2014 Technical Tracks

Technology | Basic Services | Push/Pull | Research and Evidence | Industry Roundtables


Technology can address critical market constraints, help alleviate gaps at enterprise and sector levels, incentivize broader behavior change by market actors, and support more inclusive pro-poor markets and financial systems. Improving the access, quality and application of information and communication technology (ICT) products and services can enhance the performance of small-scale producers, micro/small entrepreneurs, their suppliers and buyers and other support firms. In turn, this presents opportunities to increase efficiency, transparency, feedback loops, and the integration of rural and low-income communities into market systems. This track will focus on proven and emerging strategies to use ICTs to facilitate pro-poor market development  in financial services and other key sectors. Click on the circles below to learn more about each session.



Poor and vulnerable households need basic services to support their path to economic development. Despite significant improvements in recent decades, many people throughout the developing world still lack access to clean water, adequate housing, basic sanitation services and electricity, and live in situations where waste is not adequately treated. Quality, affordability and sustainability are major challenges, even in those areas where services are available. Sessions in this track explore inclusive market development strategies and market-driven business models to increase the provision of services for poor and vulnerable households where public delivery channels have failed or are unlikely to be developed. Click on the circles below to learn more about each session.




Almost half of the world’s people—subsistence farmers, wage laborers, and micro entrepreneurs and members of their households—live on less than $2.50 per day. These households, especially the 1.2 billion persons among them who live on less than $1.25 per day, suffer deficits of food, healthcare, shelter, educational opportunities and financial access. These constraints affect their ability to pursue market opportunities that could enhance their resiliency to climatic, economic and other external shocks that threaten to push them deeper into poverty. There is growing recognition that promoting sustainable poverty reduction at scale requires long-term strategic approaches that encompass both “push strategies” to help the very poor build up a minimum level of assets for engagement in market systems, and also “pull strategies” that leverage commercial incentives to enhance market participation of the less poor. Sessions in this track will examine: successful or failed efforts to integrate push and pull strategies; proven poverty reduction or market facilitation strategies that may not explicitly implement an integrated push/pull approach but involve elements of both; and exploratory reflections on the potential of push and pull strategies to be sequenced, linked or integrated for greater scale and poverty outreach. Click on the circles below to learn more about each session.



The collection and interpretation of data and its transformation into useful evidence increasingly are core competencies for development actors seeking to foster the uptake of sustainable approaches for building inclusive markets.  Rigorously collected data must be carefully analyzed in order to show that impacts are linked to interventions; only then can “good ideas” gain traction with private investors, donors and policymakers. With strong evidence derived from well-designed pilot research in hand, practitioners can advocate with these audiences for the investments necessary to accelerate the scaling up of sustainable, market-based solutions developed by and for low-income households. The sessions in this track will examine how practitioners can effectively use approaches such as formative research, market studies, experimental trials, participatory research, and impact monitoring and evaluation to inform design for scale.  Click on the circles below to learn more about each session.



 SEEP Roundtables serve as a forum to discuss, share, and debate new standards of practice and frameworks for design and measurement. Sessions focus on topics at the forefront of inclusive market development and are designed to engage participants in a consultative process to increase applicability and relevance for practitioners. 


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