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Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems

State of the Practice in Market Facilitation

State of the Practice in Market Facilitation

Summary

The Market Facilitation Initiative, coordinated by Tracy Gerstle and Lucho Osorio, is one of the
learning initiatives of the Enterprise Development Exchange (http://edexchange.seepnetwork.org)
and the first joint venture between The SEEP Network and the Livelihoods Network. 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. This initiative aims to promote program implementation and
market facilitation methods that achieve scalable impact and sustainability.

An opening step in this Initiative was a five-day online conference held from September 29 to
October 3, 2008. Over 170 practitioners representing organizations all over the world signed up
for the conference and 28 participated actively. The goals of this learning event were to gain a
better understanding of the state of market facilitation practices and to identify concrete needs and
knowledge gaps that can be addressed by the Initiative. These goals were approached through
discussions that focused on the following topics:

  • Effective Facilitation & Its Challenges
  • Facilitation of Horizontal Linkages
  • Strategic Use of Subsidies
  • Exit Strategies
  • Using Monitoring & Evaluation Tools for Facilitation

In addition to this synthesis, follow-up outputs to the Market Facilitation Initiative Online
Conference will include a Literature Review and a series of knowledge products from each of the
volunteer teams involved in the Initiative. These documents will be made widely available through
The SEEP Network and the Livelihoods Network.



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