We’ve been running variants of the Making Market Work Programmes for 20 years, and have trained almost 2,000 people from more than 100 countries to date.

MMW, Bangkok, April 2018

This training programme was attended by participants working in over 20 different countries. Organisations sponsoring and sending participants included USAID, Gatsby Africa, ILO, ILRI, AWEF, CAVAC, Mercy Corps, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, aBi Trust, 3i, NDPI Foundation, GOAL, PRISMA, TIRTA, CARE Ethiopia, MEDA, Kenya Markets trust, Palmera, Heifer International and we also had some independent consultants funding their own placements.

“Thank you for a very educational and enlightening two weeks!”

“The programme provided a lot of new insight and knowledge. It was a real eye opener.”

“It’s shaped the changes I am going to make in my work. I was missing so much in my diagnostic process.”

“Thanks to Springfield for this wonderful course. Your preparations from planning to delivery are first class.”

“Very diverse class group, with a real sense of camaraderie and a safe place to ask questions and learn from others.”

“Life and mind changing.”

“Superb planning, thoughtful programme, a balance of individual and group interaction… and fun!”

MMW, Bangkok, November 2017

This training programme was attended by participants working in over 30 different countries. Organisations sponsoring and sending participants included USAID, Gatsby Africa, ILO, DAI, DFID, CAVAC, Mercy Corps, Habitat for Humanity, Oxfam, GIZ, SwissContact, Palladium, Msingi, CowaterSogema International Inc., MarketMakers, Trocaire, 3i, CSIRO, Sida, PSI, Fintrac, GOAL, ADA, PRISMA, TIRTA, and we also had some independent consultants funding their own placements.

“Knowledgeable and capable instructors, able to mix a helpful framework with great examples.”
“Really gets at what sustainability is all about.”
“This is a powerful course that forces us to think critically about why and how we choose interventions.”
“Gave me a new perspective on how we view development – just the best!”
“Excellently planned, managed and delivered. Seamless.”
“Easily the best M4P training going, and I’ve been to a few.”
“Instructors are very knowledgeable and experienced, great guest lectures and cases shared.”

MMW, Bangkok, April 2017

This training programme was attended by participants working in 19 different countries. Organisations sponsoring and sending participants included PRISMA, Palladium, USAID, DFAT, Gatsby Africa, People in Need, ILO, SNV Tanzania, Oxford Policy Management, United Mission to Nepal, The Aga Khan Foundation, The Arab Women’s Enterprise Fund, DAI Europe, Partners Albania, Helvetas, DFID, CAVAC, Concern Worldwide, The Innovation for Agribusiness Project, International Fund for Agriculture, Mercy Corps, The Forestry Development Trust, UNCDF, Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture, Genesis Analytics, RisiAlbania Project, Bappenas, TIRTA, Enterprise Partners, Care International, SAFIRA and Habitat for Humanity.

“One of the best training, well organised and flow was really thoughtful”

“Excellent trainers with excellent experience”

“I really enjoyed this programme. I found the content very valuable and the delivery excellent”

“The best training I have attended so far. Thank you Springfield”

“This training really confirmed for me the career path I would like to take and my passion for market systems work”

“Thank you again for organizing and running such high quality training. The M4P projects case studies … demonstrated real impacts on millions of poor people. I am convinced that this approach should be the way forward to make sustained impact that could be brought to scale.”

MMW, Bangkok, November 2016

This training programme was attended by 68 participants working in 19 different countries. Organisations sponsoring and sending participants included PRISMA, SCIAF, CAFOD, Trocaire, Enterprise Partners, FMWR/TRIMING project, ACD/VOCA, Gatsby Africa, Kenya Markets Trust, Indo Global Social Serve Society, CAVAC, DFAT, National Treasury Jobs Fund, SDC, Investing in Infrastructure, PIND, BEST-Dialogue, Mercy Corps, Embassy of Denmark, AMDT, Swisscontact, Coffey International Development, Population Services International, WSUP, ATMS AMSCO Regional Project of UNDP, WUSC, DAI-MADE, Mekong Institute, SNV – Netherlands Development Organisation, Cambridge Education, endeva, BAPPENAS, Development and Partnership in Action, Investing in Infrastructure, UN Women, Oxfam and HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation.

“The course was extremely professional and well run”

“I would recommend it to anyone. The course is a real eye opener and gives an opportunity to reflect on our work”

“Excellent and entertaining facilitation”

“It has been an amazing two weeks. You are influencing development thinking – keep doing it”

“A very good combination of core skills group sessions with electives. Loved the group dynamic!”

“Exchange of views and experience from different programs made the course fantastic”

“Great course, great dynamic. Thanks”

 

MMW, Bangkok, April 2016

This training programme was attended by 66 participants working in 24 different countries. Organisations sponsoring and sending participants included Mercy Corps, Swisscontact, GOAL, Helvetas S.I., Palladium, The Gatsby Charitable Foundation, USAID, SDC, DAI and GIZ.

“Amazing organisation, great content and tremendous trainers. Great job Springfield.”
“Perfecto. Time and money well spent.”
“Excellent presentation mixed with light touch dry humour.”
“Overall, this was excellent. Consistently engaging. This has provided me with a framework and highlighted specific areas that I want to revisit.”
“Venue was A+++. Can’t say enough about the hotel staff, food and location.”
“Excellent, well structured sessions. Great class debate with countless tangible examples.”
“Best training I have ever done.”
“Great mix of theory, exercises and examples of projects and good opportunities for networking.”
“It is a hugely engaging and professionally run course that stands out in training and development.”
“The training answered many of the challenging questions which I struggled to make decisions on in the field.”
“Tight schedule but proven formula. I was hungry for this information.”
“Best experience I’ve had in a while. Memorable and can’t wait to apply the information. Gave me renewed faith in the future of our planet.”

MMW, Bangkok, November 2015

This training programme was attended by 67 participants working in 28 different countries. Organisations sponsoring and sending participants included The Gatsby Charitable Foundation, The Ford Foundation, Mercy Corps, Swisscontact, GOAL, The Aga Khan Foundation, FSDT, Helvetas S.I., WUSC, Sida and Palladium.

MMW, Bangkok, June 2015

This training programme was attended by 56 participants working in 28 different countries. Organisations sponsoring and sending participants included Mercy Corps, Swisscontact, GOAL, Helvetas S.I., DAI, ILO/FAO, GRM, ASI, and FSDT.

“Phenomenal!! An eye-opening experience.”
“When you come back from that training, you ask yourself why anyone should be doing anything else than M4P in development cooperation.”
“Very tightly organised and well-planned course which cannot fail to provoke reflection, stimulate thought about how things could be better and provides the tools and confidence to go and do it!”
“Timetable is just perfect!!!”
“An excellent core skills course, with astonishing experience and facilitation skills, coupled with a great sense of humour.”
“It changed my perspective of the market systems approach.”
“I did not expect to gain so much. But I walk away with a renewed sense of empowerment to facilitate change in my program and organisation!”
“From start to finish a real joy! Couldn’t wait to attend.”
“Thank you to all at Springfield – a truly excellent course which I will take forward with (hopefully) the same energy and enthusiasm that you all have.”
“It has been a very rich experience. Top class delivery of the subject matter. I will recommend Springfield’s M4P training over and over again to any market development practitioner.”
“Fabulously stimulating, a real privilege to get to spend time with a team who clearly spend a lot of time thinking and doing M4P work.”
“Overall this was a wonderful experience with great learning and lots of fun moments. Thank you for making it memorable and productive.”
“Just too good!”

MMW, Bangkok, November 2014

This training programme was attended by 65 participants from 24 different countries. Organisations sponsoring and sending participants included DFID, Mercy Corps, Swisscontact, Helvetas Swiss Intercoop’n, ASI, DAI, GRM, USAID, and PIND/NDPI.

“Impressive logistics, the perfect amount of advance information – everything ran so smoothly. Thank you!”
“I really liked the intensive nature of the program”
“Thank you so much to the Springfield team for the quality of the exchanges and the friendliness”
“The process of building on each element as it goes along works well and the logic behind each approach is clear”
“Social activities were splendid”
“The space worked really well. So convenient to have everything in one place – the hotel is lovely ”
“Xanadu case was terrific”
“Extremely useful and a good split between exercises and presentations”
“Perfect delivery, very lively presentations, responding to all different kinds of questions”
“Good time management”
“Content rich and to the point”
“Highly engaging delivery – extensive efforts put in to bring all the participants on board”

MMW, Bangkok, June 2014

This training programme was attended by 65 participants from 28 different countries. Organisations sponsoring and sending participants included HELVETAS, Mercy Corps, SDC, OXFAM, GRM International, USAID, ASI, The Gates Foundation, MEDA, DAI and SIDA.

“Trainers were real practitioners and really understood the challenges in the field”
“Entertaining, interactive and punchy”
“Clear guidance and tools with practical real life examples”
“Fantastic venue!”
“A great forum to bring together donors, consultants, implementers and government”
“The facilitators’ energy, knowledge and willingness to work with the participants really made the training!”
“Good location – maybe too good because there is so much to do!”
“Every session was valuable”
“Excellent location – impeccable value for money!”
“Fantastic organisation – seamless, helpful and friendly”
“A strong, robust strategic framework, presented very clearly and systematically with real world examples to support and reinforce the approach”
“Really great social activities – so well organised and got everyone to integrate”

MMW, Bangkok, November 2013

This training programme attracted 68 participants from 31 different countries. Organisations sponsoring and sending participants included Water for People, MEDA, Coffey International, ASI, Mercy Corps, Mekong Institute, SIDA, GRM International, EU, Malaria Consortium and OXFAM.

“Professionally presented and thoroughly engaging”
“Excellent practical examples of projects using the M4P approach”
“Excellent social activities!”
“Consistent high standard – content was particularly relevant and strong”
“Facilitators were so accessible!”
“The most well-managed programme I have ever attended!”
“Great opportunity to hear from and interact with seasoned practitioners”
“Excellent facilitators – the best of the best!”
“Good mix of theory, case studies, group work and plenary – it never got boring!”
“Best training destination!”
“Very efficient team, value for money”
“Great mix of participants from different backgrounds and countries”

MMW, Glasgow, July 2013

This training programme attracted 66 participants from 26 different countries. Organisations sponsoring and sending participants included USAID, ACDI/VOCA, Coffey International Development, DTI, DFID, ASI, Mercy Corps, GRM International, SDC and DAI.

“Every class was extremely useful!”
“Very comprehensive – covers all the important aspects of M4P”
“New way of thinking that can revolutionise development”
“Very engaged and high energy teachers”
“Excellent presenters with a wealth of knowledge and practical experience”
“Social activities were beyond my expectations!”
“Well organised and lots of friendly guidance”
“Surprisingly good location – Glasgow has a lot to offer!”
“It is a lens that we should apply rigorously in the design of our interventions”
“Great mix of participants from all over the world, with relevant experience to share”
“Stimulating and challenging case studies with real world examples”
“It helps us correct our mistakes of the past”

MMW, Bangkok, November 2012

This training programme attracted 66 participants from 30 different countries. Organisations sponsoring and sending participants included DFID, ASI, Mercy Corps, Oxfam, AusAID, Chevron, SDC, GRM International, PSI, IRRI and Swisscontact.

“Excellent facilitators and course materials”
“Very well run and organised – honestly have zero complaints!”
“Really well thought through”
“Provides a vocabulary, framework and tools for sustainable development in a variety of sectors”
“Helpful logistical staff made everything really easy”
“Very comprehensive view of M4P”
“Illustrative frameworks and case studies made it lively and more practical”
“Fast paced and very relevant”
“Knowledge of presenters – excellent!”
“Fantastic to integrate on a neutral ground with development practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds”
“My motivation never dropped“

MMW, Glasgow, July 2012

This training programme attracted 65 participants from 29 different countries. Organisations sponsoring and sending participants included Mercy Corps, ASI, Gatsby Trusts, GRM International, Swisscontact, SDC, IFAD, GRM International, ECI Africa, DFID, Helvetas, IRRI, Danida and ACDI/VOCA.

“This is an excellent course – keep up the good work!”
“Engaging facilitators made a complex subject both interesting and practical”
“Glasgow is a friendly and beautiful city!”
“Great trainers and facilitators who are passionate about M4P”
“Good mix of social activities”
“Good chance to interact with a range of practitioners”
“Lively and engaging”
“Logical approach, taught in a comprehensive way”
“Well organised with a good mix of theory, practice and real life examples”
“Very useful, practical and relevant”
“Genuinely impressed by the calibre of the presenters”

MMW, Glasgow, September 2011

This training programme attracted 60 participants from 18 different countries. Organisations sponsoring and sending participants included Mercy Corps, Swisscontact, Coffey International, Osec/SIPPO, Gates Foundation, Gatsby Trusts, Intercooperation, ASI, CARE, DFID, Technoserve, Water for People and Oxfam.

“Excellent, skilled and experienced facilitators”
“Really relevant to my work and I can apply what I’ve learnt immediately”
“Programme organisation – absolutely wonderful”
“High quality and relevant training materials”
“A clearly articulated approach that includes theory, analysis and practical application”
“Illuminating”
“Upbeat, interactive, funny, participatory”
“Perfect location!”
“Water-tight conceptual framework for facilitating market improvement”
“Diversity of participants from different organisations and countries”
“Case studies were absolutely fantastic”

MMW, Glasgow, July 2011

This training programme attracted 62 participants from 22 different countries. Organisations sponsoring and sending participants included ECI Africa, Coffey International, Oxfam, IFAD, Intercooperation, Mercy Corps, AusAID, Swisscontact, ASI, DFID, SDC, Gatsby Trusts, Osec/SIPPO and ACDI/VOCA.

“Experienced facilitators with an ability to field tough questions”
“Content and delivery was excellent – practical and based on sound logic”
“Good mix of participants and good opportunity to share experiences”
“Glasgow is great!”
“Challenging and thought provoking”
“Excellently organised! Thank you!”
“Relevant, practical and engaging”
“Very focused and well designed”
“Loved all the social activities!”
“Perfect location – good work, cultural and social scene”
“Stimulating and entertaining as well as informative”

MMW, Dubai, March 2011

This training programme attracted 60 participants from 20 different countries. Organisations sponsoring and sending participants included Swisscontact, Mercy Corps, GRM International, ASI, DFID, Intercooperation, CARE, ECI Africa, AKF, MESPT and Coffey International.

“Absolutely brilliant!”
“Opportunity to network with people from different organisations, countries and with different experiences”
“Really great facilitators – knowledgeable, funny and engaging”
“Greatly balanced and well conducted – simply excellent”
“Highly participative and interactive structure”
“Very relevant“
“As always, excellent organisation – really the gold standard in my experience!”
“Group work and case studies – excellent”
“Good mix of activities and a great group to work with – engaged and informed”
“The facilitators are very strong and engaging. They know the material well and have good experiences to draw on that expand the content beyond theory”
“Presentations well-structured and delivered – a polished performance”

MMW, Glasgow, July 2010

This training programme attracted 66 participants from 26 different countries. Organisations sponsoring and sending participants included AKF, Mercy Corps, SDC, Swisscontact, Intercooperation, Oxfam, ASI/DFID, AusAID, and the DTI. Donor agencies, NGOs, governments and contractors were all represented on the training programme.

“Overall a totally excellent course … you are all both very professional AND approachable”
“A great lens to apply to all of our interventions”
“Links the various M4P models in ways that self-study cannot”
“Brings M4P to life without putting it forward as the only alternative”
“Energetic and competent team”
“Great guest speakers”
“Very well organised – excellent logistics”
“Clear frameworks, tools, processes and definitions”
“By far the best training with regards to organising social activities!”
“Great access to all the faculty”
“Very relevant to current political and economic situation”

MMW for Enterprise in Africa, Mombasa, March 2010

This regional training programme attracted 63 participants from 18 different countries. Organisations sponsoring and sending participants included DFID, Swisscontact, AKF, Gatsby Trusts, Helvetas, DAI, ADB, KPMG, World Bank, Sida, Oxfam, RLDC and Practical Action.

“Excellent facilitation and written materials”
“Experienced and credible resource people”
“Very relevant to both donors and agencies”
“Provided memorable and practical solutions to many challenges I face daily”
“Exceptional organisation – very responsive and proactive”
“Down-to earth realities”
“Networking opportunities were fantastic!”
“Offers a powerful tool for development work”
“Content and delivery was first class”
“Practical, real case studies”
“Gets to the very heart of what drives optimal development outcomes in poor countries

MMW, Glasgow, July 2009

This training programme attracted 65 participants from 25 different countries. Organisations sponsoring and sending participants included AKF, SDC, DFID, Mercy Corps, USAID, ASI, Swisscontact, Intercooperation, Gatsby Trusts, RLDC, FSD and Sida. Donor agencies, NGOs, governments and contractors were all represented.

“You are an impressive team of facilitators … and actors (good humour). Will recommend others to attend”
“Animated and engaging presenters!”
“Approach is powerful and convincing and was well presented”
“Well-developed and original curriculum”
“Absolutely perfectly organised”
“Very interesting blend of people (experience, field work, opinions etc)”
“Very competent and highly committed trainers”
“Perfect location! Scotland is beautiful”
“Applicability of real cases and recent findings”
“Complicated matter communicated in a clear and systematic manner”
“Being in a University and away from London is a good idea”

MMW for Enterprise in Africa, Mombasa, March 2009

This training programme attracted 60 participants from 15 different countries. Organisations sponsoring and sending participants included GTZ, SNV, Swisscontact, DFID, Oxfam, AKF, DAI, Gatsby Trusts, RLDC, SDC, Chevron, MESPT/Danida, Sida and SNV.

“Excellent course. Best I have been to!”
“Encourages a new way of thinking”
“Friendly and positive atmosphere for learning”
“Competent and experienced trainers”
“Very well organised and executed”
“Great ‘take back home’ materials”
“Very real and enlightening”
“Strategic thinking through LOGICAL concepts”
“Realistic cases that resonate with what we do”
“Innovative with a lot of food for thought”
“Complete package of the whole M4P cycle”

MMW, Glasgow, July 2008

This training programme attracted 68 participants from 27 different countries. Organisations sponsoring and sending participants included AKF, Mercy Corps, SDC, Swisscontact, DFID, Oxfam, Sida, GTZ, USAID, SNV and IFC. Donor agencies, NGOs, national governments and contractors were all represented on the training programme.

“Passionate instructors and dedicated staff”
“Challenging and fun learning environment”
“Stimulating development practitioners to think beyond the obvious”
“Very professional! Competent, synchronised, humorous …”
“Wonderfully organised themes and presentations”
“Very clear, concise, comprehensive delivery of very difficult concepts”
“The most organised training programme I have ever been to”
“Glasgow is beautiful and relaxed – very suited to training”
“Condenses good development practice into a systemic approach”
“Reminds us to think of sustainability from the beginning”
“When everything is lost the doughnut remains!”