Making markets work for the poor
We help poor people to make a better living – by enabling producers to improve their production, processing and marketing
If markets are working effectively, they can be central to enabling people to meet their needs.
We believe in technology justice - that all people have the right to decide, choose and use the technologies they need for a decent life.
If poor people are fully involved in the processes that shape market systems, those markets are more likely to deliver affordable and appropriate technology that meets their needs.
Inclusive market approaches
Our approach is to help producers, traders and processors to identify the challenges that they face themselves, to work together to solve problems and make the most of opportunities.
We work with the entire market system, often focusing on helping poor farmers and producers to build their abilities to engage with people they do business with and get better deals for themselves and their communities.
See our approach in action: we have a wide variety of case studies and tools from Practical Action's work in inclusive markets, both internationally and in the countries where we work.
Practical Action's inclusive markets team have developed a strategic framework and approach for their work, known as Participatory Market System Development (PMSD), which we apply across our programmes to reduce poverty in marginalised rural and post-crisis contexts.
By improving transport, poorer people are able to access markets where they can buy or sell goods for income, and make better use of essential services such as health and education.
We work with poor communities to identify the types of transport that work best for them.
Talking about shit for a week in India — a fascinating context to present our sanitation work! India, a country that has undertaken a huge and ambitious national scale clean-up campaign ('Swachh Bharat' /'Clean India Mission'), hosted the 4th Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) Confer...
On 16th and 17th February, the MasterCard Foundation will host the Young Africa Works Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, to address the opportunities for empowering young people to drive transformational change in African agriculture. Practical Action will be there to share evidence ...
Chuunu Kathariya is a proud agri-entreprenuer who runs a commercial pig resource centre in Dodohara VDC, Kailali. Currently, he has 19 pigs in his resource centre. He makes a yearly income of NPR 7,00,000 (£5,243). Apart from the pig resource centre, he has recently started banana farming in 14 K...
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Practical Action has been approached by a consortia of partners to explore the issue of Climate Information Services in West Africa. We have be...
The 2016 SEEP conference was my second. At my first. in 2012 I was one of the presenters on Participatory Market Systems Development (PMSD) this time I was a full participant. Thus I had time to follow proceedings as well as network. I would like to share with you the learning I took home with...
Practical Action Consulting (PAC) is the consulting arm of Practical Action, applying lessons learned from grassroots experience to technology solutions in poor communities around the world.
We deliver consultancy assignments that assist people at the bottom of the pyramid to increase their incomes by accessing technology, skills and knowledge to participate in and transform market systems.
The Impact Awards are designed to improve how we learn, share knowledge and build the skills of our staff to deliver high quality work on the ground.
They are fundamentally about identifying and rewarding lessons from our efforts to reduce poverty at scale using markets that matter to the poor. The winning cases show some of the lessons learned by some of our best teams on the ground.
From policy reports and briefing documents to case studies and research papers, you will find all documents on Practical Action's inclusive markets work here.
Our technical information service offers free downloads on a range of topics related to markets and livelihoods.
We also have a technical enquiry service where anyone working in poverty reduction, or on small-scale technology projects, can ask a question and receive a response from our local experts free of charge.