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Market Systems Development Toolbox

Sida's Market Systems Development Toolbox provides background information and a simple set of tools and guidelines on how to enhance the ability of people living in poverty to participate in, contribute to and benefit from economic development.

Market development for people living in poverty

People living in poverty depend on markets for income and the purchase of goods and services. But often markets for jobs, staple foods, essential services, and inputs for production do not meet the needs of people living in poverty. Sometimes markets are not accessible and market systems need to be improved to increase the economic choices and opportunities.

Sida’s support to market development aims to enhance the ability of women and men living in poverty to participate in, contribute to and benefit from economic development.

Toolbox with focus on scale and sustainability

The Market Systems Development (MSD) Toolbox guides you to an approach which prioritises scale and sustainability of impact for poor and disadvantaged people. This approach is a priority for Sida, to increase the long-term impact of inclusive economic development.

The toolbox provides a short introduction and guidelines on how to apply a systems approach, focusing on:

  • Introduction
  • Analysis and design
  • Developing interventions
  • Result measurement

Learn more about markets

The BEAM Exchange is a platform for knowledge exchange and learning about the role of markets in poverty reduction. 

Updated: November 26, 2021