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12 April 2017
Field planting
Getting market facilitation right and making markets work for the poor starts by asking the right questions.
27 March 2017
Woman cooks ugali
What does FSD Kenya's experience over the last 10 years reveal about how to make market systems work for the poor? Here are three takeaways.
01 March 2017
Women carry produce, Kenya
Market facilitation has become a well-known approach to development, but evidence on how best to apply it in the field remains limited. New case studies from Africa point toward numerous lessons.
23 February 2017
Women at market, Niger
Market facilitation has become a common approach to making financial markets work for the poor. This post kicks off a new series to explore how this approach can be used effectively.
16 June 2016
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Floating Market, Vietnam | Photo Credit: Thanh Hai Nguyen, 2011 CGAP Photo Contest
A market systems approach to financial inclusion seeks to identify the root causes that prevent low-income people from accessing and using financial services. The program diagnostic process should be designed and implemented through a systems lens.
05 March 2015
No single methodology is likely to respond to all the measurement challenges that exist. However, a combination of methods and mindsets may collectively help provide a credible narrative for how a financial market changed and why.
02 March 2015
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Marcus Jenal presents guiding principles for changing the fact that monitoring frameworks are still predominantly designed for accountability towards funders rather than as a management and learning tool for the programs themselves.
20 February 2015
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A market systems development approach to financial inclusion looks holistically at the delivery and use of financial services in order to better understand and address the constraints that prevent poor and low-income people from fully participating in financial services markets.
11 February 2014
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A report from CGAP and IFC explains how greenfield microfinance institutions help advance financial market development in Sub-Saharan Africa. The most significant effect of greenfield MFIs appears to be their contribution to professional development in the banking and microfinance sectors.
02 December 2013
A man is fishing in Bangladesh near train tracks
Beyond investing in individual MFIs, how can DFIs facilitate broader development of pro-poor financial service markets?


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