In October 2016, The Rockefeller Foundation financially supported a Bellagio Conference to consider the challenge of ‘how to make markets work for people
living in extreme poverty.’
The conference was the culmination of 9 months’ research into whether, and how, market-based approaches can work for the most marginalised. Using disability as a lens, the research highlighted the breadth of issues that need to be considered in designing market-based approaches for the world’s poorest people.
Despite clear challenges, the conference concluded that there are viable opportunities for more inclusive market-based solutions which should be ambitiously pursued. This paper documents some of the key learnings and recommendations.