A synthesis of the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) approach

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The Springfield Centre
The Springfield Centre

This paper seeks to explain the essence of M4P – its rationale, its key principles and features and the main implementation tasks. It is aimed at a broad audience for whom M4P is relevant – policymakers, agency officials, consultants, NGOs, researchers and government staff – and provides a brief synthesis of the main evidence and arguments for the approach. Its purpose is to:

  • Summarise key trends and issues in M4P.
  • Contribute to new thinking and more effective practice.
  • Provide an introduction to a series of connected documents on M4P


Useful for:

Professionals seeking to understand the M4P approach, including its rationale, key principles and implementation.