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Our Mission:

Doing development better to ensure sustainable benefits
for the greatest number of poor and disadvantaged people


Our Approach:

Changing the way systems work to align with the capacities
and incentives of local actors to deliver sustainable benefits


Our Expertise:

We are a leader in the market systems approach to development
in low and middle-income economies – also referred to as
making markets work for the poor (M4P)


We offer high quality independent advice connecting development policy and practice. Our services include programme scoping and design, technical implementation backstopping, organisational strategy and change, monitoring and results measurement support, reviews and evaluations, and technical advisory services to funders.


We undertake applied research related to development practice - rigorous outputs relevant to different audiences. Our research, and our active participation in development debates, builds on our commitment to advance wider learning and practice. Our activities include journal articles, our own working paper series, programme case studies, soapboxes, policy contributions, and contributions to other media outputs.


Training has underpinned our work since we were established and is the activity that connects all our work. Training is where the learning from research, implementation and advisory work finds a coherent and useful form, relevant to others trying to make sense of complex development challenges. We offer our internationally renowned Making Market Work programme as well as occasional short courses.