Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems
MaFI Online Discussion Synthesis
by MaFI in 2009
The Market Facilitation Initiative (MaFI), is one of the learning initiatives of the Enterprise Development Exchange and the first joint venture between The SEEP Network and the Livelihoods Network, with the support of Practical Action. It aims to assist practitioners working in Pro-Poor Market Development to move from market assessments and program design to implementation by advancing practical principles, techniques, and tools.
Currently, there is a wide body of resources on how to conduct market research and program design for market development programs. However, there is far less available on the “how” in terms of program implementation. MaFI aims to promote program implementation and market facilitation methods that achieve scalable impact and sustainability.
Between June and August 2009, MaFI promoted online discussions to explore the links between Sustainable Livelihoods Approaches (SLA) and Pro-Poor Market Development (PPMD) approaches. These discussions revolved around a seminar funded by ESRC and convened on 21st July 2009 by the IDS Livelihoods Network Secretariat and partners.