Published by
The Springfield Centre

This second edition of the M4P Operational Guide aims to provide an accessible operational resource to help practitioners put the market systems development approach into practice. It explains the key principles and frameworks which guide effective intervention in – and development of – market systems, addressing common challenges with examples of good practice based on practitioner experience.

In 2008, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) commissioned three documents aimed at improving understanding and use of the market systems development approach – the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) Synthesis, Perspectives and Operational Guide. These documents remain key references for practitioners, but since 2008 the field has grown, diversified and, importantly, learned much. To capture that learning, maintain the momentum and realise the ambition that development can still 'do better', SDC and DFID commissioned this updated version of the Operational Guide. 

What practitioners say about the tool

"It is comprehensive, well written, and explains concepts well."

Useful for:

People whose job entails trying to make market systems work better for poor women and men.