We’ve been working in development now for over twenty years, and have seen incredible changes in policy and practice. We believe development should be transformative. Our work tries to improve the systems that help poor and disadvantaged people to get the goods, services, jobs, and incomes that they need to improve their lives without the need for further development assistance. In practice that means analysing the way systems – comprised of private, public, and civil society organisations – work, and then stimulating innovations – led by these local actors – in products, services, and relationships to benefit poor and disadvantaged people.
Our work is aimed at development policy and practice. This includes the design and assessment of interventions in sectors ranging from agriculture to finance and education to media, and in the wider business environment. In all our work we seek to marry a strong operational perspective with knowledge of the development context and a commitment to wider development objectives. Our work covers Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America.
Key clients of the Springfield Centre include:
- Bilateral donor organisations including DFID, SDC and DFAT
- Multilateral development agencies including the World Bank and the ILO
- Private foundations, NGOs, impact investors and the private sector
- Large international projects implemented by consultancies and NGOs
The Springfield Centre and Swisscontact
In June 2019, Springfield joined forces with Swisscontact, an independent foundation founded in 1959. Swisscontact promotes economic, social and ecological development by giving people the opportunity to improve their living conditions on their own. In its project work, Swisscontact facilitates access to vocational training, promotes local entrepreneurship, creates access to local financial services and supports the efficient use of resources with the aim of effectively promoting income and employment.
For nearly two decades, SFC and SC have worked together as partners in various projects around the world. Most significantly, our two organisations pioneered new market development approaches, financed by the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) and UK Aid, called Market Systems Development (MSD) for the Poor. These approaches have shaped systemic thinking in development around the globe and have since been adopted by many agencies.