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NEW: Online questionnaire: Can you provide examples of market-based solutions that benefit extremely poor populations?

Market-based Solutions for the Extreme Poor - a Rockefeller Foundation project

We are seeking examples of market-based approaches that benefit or have the potential to benefit extremely marginalised populations, as part of Rockefeller Foundation-funded research into this area.

Existing analysis suggests that it is often wealthier people in a community that receive much of the benefits from market approaches to combatting extreme poverty.  ADD, the Coady Institute and the Institute of Development Studies are undertaking research to examine the potential of market-based solutions to benefit extremely marginalised groups. As part of this research, we are identifying promising examples of market-based solutions to improve the lives of extremely poor populations – particularly, though not only, persons with disabilities, especially women – who are often some of the poorest and most excluded of all.

We are looking for examples of initiatives and interventions that expand the diversity and quality of economic opportunities, as well as those that enable marginalised populations to engage with markets in the first place – by addressing assets, skills, ‘resilience’ or the ability to manage risks, social relationships, and confidence and self-esteem.  These should reach or aim to reach the poorest 5-10% of individuals or households, or groups that are excluded due to disability, gender, race, ethnicity, caste, age etc. (though we would ideally also look for some indication that the individuals being reached are considered extremely poor.)  As we are looking for ‘promising’ examples, we are not expecting them to already have clear evidence of positive impact, though information on the pathways through which these groups are able to benefit and the conditions that enable the solution would be desirable. We are also interested in examples of what hasn’t worked, and the learning that has been taken from this experience – and would very much welcome these cases.

Shortlisted examples will be contacted to verify and seek further details, in order for us to write up a short case on the example. Verified cases will be given profile through inclusion in the final project report, with recommendations for how similar approaches could be rolled out more widely to eradicate poverty amongst the poorest communities, and in related project communications.

We would invite you to submit examples through our online submission process.

Please send any further documentation that might be available (e.g. reports or case studies, monitoring and evaluation reports) to Phil Reed at the Institute of Development Studies: p.reed@ids.ac.uk. Phil can also provide further information, if needed. Please feel free to forward this email to other relevant colleagues or organisations.

The collaboration

This international collaboration project will be carried out by ADD International, the Coady International Institute and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS):

ADD International (formerly known as Action on Disability and Development) fights for independence, equality and opportunity for disabled people living in poverty, in Africa and Asia.

Coady International Institute at St. Francis Xavier University has been educating development leaders from around the world since 1959. Through its unique, community-based approach, the Institute equips them to address contemporary global challenges and opportunities. The Coady network includes more than 7,000 graduates and partners working in 130 countries.

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a leading global institution for research, teaching and learning, and impact and communications, based at the University of Sussex. We believe passionately that cutting-edge research, knowledge and mutual learning are crucial in shaping the transformations needed to reduce inequalities, accelerate sustainability and build moreinclusive and secure societies. Our commitment to engaged excellence means that the high quality of our work is dependent upon it linking to and involving those who are at the heart of the change we wish to see. This approach is applied across all of our work and encapsulates IDS’ unique mix of university organisation and thinktank. www.ids.ac.uk

The project is funded by The Rockefeller Foundation. For more than 100 years, The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission has been to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. Today, The Rockefeller Foundation pursues this mission through dual goals: advancing inclusive economies that expand opportunities for more broadly shared prosperity, and building resilience by helping people, communities and institutions prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses. To achieve these goals, The Rockefeller Foundation works at the intersection of four focus areas – advance health, revalue ecosystems, secure livelihoods, and transform cities – to address the root causes of emerging challenges and create systemic change. Together with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller Foundation strives to catalyze and scale transformative innovations, create unlikely partnerships that span sectors, and take risks others cannot – or will not.

All press requests should be sent to: Susie Bennett, Head of Communications at ADD International, susanna.bennett@add.org.uk; Hannah Corbett, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), h.corbett@ids.ac.uk / +44 (0)7701 286 978