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Our work on inclusive markets is embedded across our programme work

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.

Technology innovation systems

Market systems are not just about economic transactions. They are also about social relationships, collaboration, competition, influence and exchanges of knowledge.

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Case studies

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.

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Our experience

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.

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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.

More about our transport solutions

Market blogs

Enhancing Flood Resilience through Livelihood adaptation

“The 2014 flood was worse than the 2009 flood but the loss and damage was less because people had learned from the earlier event.” Dinanath Bhandari I am currently visiting the Practical Action Nepal flood resilience project in the western region, which has been supported by the Z Zuric...
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Ropeways: connecting rural communities

By Sanjib Chaudhary and Ganesh R Sinkemana If you look up at the steep hills mounting over the Budhiganga River at Taptisera in Bajura district, you’ll believe why people call them ‘bandar ladne bhir’ – meaning cliff where even monkeys slip down. There are three options to...
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From a kitchen worker to an evolving agriculture entrepreneur: an inspiring story of Rudra Chaulagain

Rudra Prasad Chaulagain, a 40 year-old man is a skilled farmer, technician and an evolving entrepreneur.  Before 2009, his identity was different - he was a kitchen helper at one of the capital’s hotel casinos. Rudra grew up in a low income family of 7. Due to poverty, he was unable to complet...
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Progress in Pictures

Prepared by Rabindra Singh and Yugdeep Thapa

Practical Action has been implementing the project “Strengthening the Supply Chain of Construction Materials” in Nuwakot and Rasuwa districts  of Nepal since June 2016. The UKAID funded project aims to help the earthquake affected hou...
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Telling better stories

After a long 1.15 hours flight and 5 hours ride in a pickup truck, we reached Dadeldhura, which will be our home for the next three days.  Dadeldhura lies in the far-western district of Nepal and holds many historic significance.   As I was told by one of the locals, Amargadhi Fort in Dadeldhura ...
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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.

Practical Action Consulting's work on inclusive markets

Impact awards

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.

Practical Action market impact awards

Document library

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.

Inclusive markets document library

Technical information

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.

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