Policy brief

Market systems and Business Membership Organisations

Who should we work with and how can we get to scale?

Published by
Isaac Cowan-Gore

Advancing pro-poor development by working with local Business Membership Organisations (BMOs) can be resource-intensive, time-consuming and inherently risky as success can depend on addressing many different aspects impacting BMO.

Pairing lessons from academic research and MSD projects, this brief seeks to shed light on how practitioners can improve their work with BMOs. 

It looks at the practical challenges faced by MSD projects in engaging BMOs and the strategies that have emerged to successfully leverage them to advance sector coordination and pro-poor development.