Market Systems Development (MSD) reduces poverty by enhancing the ways that poor women and men interact with the markets that provide them with jobs, income and access to services. This page gives access to key documents on the MSD approach.
Markets and the private sector provide a direct means for people to participate in economic activity – to find jobs, earn income and access services. All too often, people living in poverty are excluded or disadvantaged by the way that markets operate. MSD is a coherent approach to understanding and intervening in markets so that they perform more beneficially and sustainably for the poor. It works by identifying the root causes of weak or exclusionary performance in particular market systems.
The MSD approach is adaptive: reflecting the dynamic and complex nature of markets. Good monitoring is therefore essential to its implementation. Learn more about how the DCED Standard helps achieve that.
For more specific resources on adjusting MSD programmes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please refer to the DCED knowledge page on Adjusting PSD interventions in the short term.
- SDC: Independent Evaluation of SDC’s Performance in Market System Development in Agriculture 2013-2019, 2021 Also Factsheet one-pager
- DFAT: Synthesis review of DFAT-funded Market Systems Development Initiatives, 2019.
- DFAT: Beyond value chains: Emerging lessons from MSD approaches in Australia’s aid programme, 2018.
- Sida: Evaluation of the market systems development approach. Lessons for expanded use and adaptive management at Sida, 2018.
- USAID: Leveraging Economic Opportunities (LEO) Final performance report, 2016.
- SDC: External Review of SDC ́s Program on Rural Market Development in the South Caucasus 2008 – 2012, 2012.
This section provides quick links to some of the most viewed webinars on MSD organised by the BEAM Exchange. To view BEAM’s full library of past webinars, click here.
- Get started on assessing system change, 2022
- What results did the MSD approach deliver? A review of the latest evidence, 2021
- #Digital4MSME: using the market systems approach for digital transformation, 2021
- Adapting MSD to fragile and conflict-affected situations, 2021
- Rebuilding fragile markets with unconventional MSD partners, 2021
- How to do MSD procurement: practical insights from donors and implementers, 2020
- Contrasting commercial agri-extension success in Kenya, Tanzania and Nigeria, 2020
- Top-down or bottom-up? How development actors can promote Economic Transformation, 2020
- Extreme poverty alleviation using MSD, 2018
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