Market Facilitation: What’s Working and Why?

Despite its acceptance as an important tool in development, market facilitation still lacks sufficient research on how it can be done best and under what conditions, particularly for financial markets. This blog series builds off of a series of case studies commissioned by FSD Africa to explore the following questions about market facilitation and financial inclusion: What have we learned about the key success factors behind facilitating inclusive financial markets? What do we mean by systemic change? How can facilitators learn from mistakes and even prepare for inevitable missteps that come with working in complex systems? How can information be used to foster behavior change? What is the role of measurement?

Posts in this series

Man in office
26 April 2017
The FSD Network's efforts to make markets work for the poor contain useful lessons for donors – among them, that giving market facilitators room be flexible leads to results.
Field planting
12 April 2017
Getting market facilitation right and making markets work for the poor starts by asking the right questions.
Woman cooks ugali
27 March 2017
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.
Women carry produce, Kenya
01 March 2017
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.
Women at market, Niger
23 February 2017
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.