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M4P Hub Hosts Its First Conference on Market Systems Approach to Development

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The M4P Hub presented its first conference on market systems approaches in international development held in Brighton, UK on November 7-9, 2011. A combination of sessions on theoretical perspectives and experiences from making markets work for the poor (M4P) projects allowed participants to engage in the conference’s key thematic areas and share ideas on the challenges ahead for developing market systems.

Making informal health providers work better for the poor: A synthesis of a study, prepared by Gerald Bloom, Abbas Bhuiya and Oladimeji Oladepo of the Future Health System Consortium, covered the implications of the rapid spread of markets for health-related goods and services. Read more.

Facilitating systemic change in the tea sector through a portfolio approach: Engaging successfully with the private sector was the theme of a presentation made by representatives of two M4P programs that the Wood Family Trust – a private UK based donor - is implementing in partnership with the Gatsby Charitable Foundation in the East African tea sector. Read more.

Q&A with Cambodia MSME: After a short summary of their presentation at the M4P Hub conference, Curtis Hundley and Bryanna Millis of DAI share the key points emerged at the conference and answer questions from participants. Read more.

Facilitating mobile money for the poor: The executive summary of the paper "Facilitating Mobile Money for the Poor - The Contribution of Donors to Market Systems Development," was presented by Jonathon Ridley, Coffey international Development, at the M4P Hub conference. Read more.

Q&A on land and housing sectors in Southern Africa: Mark Napier presented Urban LandMark’s experiences at the M4P Hub conference. The Urban Land Markets Programme Southern Africa addresses systemic change in the land sector. It focuses on getting land governance and management to work better so that, in a context of rapid urbanisation and extreme inequality (not to mention climate change), more people are able to access land, housing, services and trading opportunities. Read more.

Challenges and lessons from AusAID’s Enterprise Challenge Fund: Alwyn Chilver sheds light on the progress to date of AusAID’s Enterprise Challenge Fund, which aims to encourage systemic change in markets through providing a competitive grant facility to private enterprise in the Asia-Pacific region. Read more.

Skills development through public and private sector partnerships: Rajesh Jain (ACCESS Development Services) and Sonali Chowdhary (The SEEP Network) presented lessons in engaging government through urban value chain development drawn from the experience of the Jaipur Jewellery Development programme. Read more.

Development training systems for health workers in Bangladesh: Mohammad Muaz Jalil of Katalyst (Swisscontact) shared the lessons learned and experience gained by Katalyst, during its work in bringing about a systemic perspective within the training systems for health workers in Bangladesh. Read more.

Monitoring and Evaluation in M4P programmes: Monitoring and evaluating programmes that take a market systems approach presents a distinct set of challenges. As the number and scope of market systems programmes grows, finding solutions for robust measurement of impact is an increasingly central task. Read more.