Disability Inclusion in Market Systems Development

  • Date Posted: May 13, 2020
  • Authors: Holly Krueger
  • Document Types: Other
  • Donor Type: Non-US Government Agency


Photo: three-year-old Sreyna with glasses and a walking frame to help her see and learn to walk, standing with adult male, her father
Photo Credit: Chamnan Prak, Cambodian Children’s Trust

The ascendance of market systems development (MSD) programming in the field of private sector development has coincided with an awakening of the field to the importance of more equitable development reflected in the increasing programme commitments to gender equality and social inclusion (GESI), with people with disabilities often being captured through the broader social inclusion category. The concept of disability inclusion, however, is still new to most MSD programmes and practitioners including Elan, a DFID-funded MSD programme implemented by Adam Smith International in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and is considered by some a task not well suited to market systems programming because of the presumed small market share and additional costs of serving this segment.

The purpose of this series commissioned by Elan is to increase understanding and applicability of disability inclusion in MSD and disseminate practical tools, frameworks and guidance. The first paper summarizes the modest body of existing literature and examples of social and or disability inclusion in MSD and identifies key insights for practitioners interested in disability inclusion. The second paper in the series presents the business case for disability inclusion in MSD and the third paper presents practitioner guidance for disability inclusion in MSD drawing on the findings of the two previous papers.

The full papers are available below to read or download.