Synthesis Documents

Making Markets Work for Poor - Comparing M4P and SLA frameworks, Albu & Schneider (2008)

    Poverty reduction is the ultimate objective of both Market Development and Sustainable Livelihoods approaches. However, the means by which to achieve this goal often differ. Realising the need to find common grounds of understanding between the two approaches, the Employment and Income (E+I) Division of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has jointly organised a seminar with the Social Development (SoDev) Division.

    The seminar was the culmination of a series of activities conducted by the E+I division under the FAUNO consortium1, and it was the third of its kind conducted on an annual basis. It engages relevant SDC partners in a discussion on Making Markets Work for Poor (in short: M4P), looking for complementarities, divergences and synergies with other approaches to poverty reduction. This seminar in particular focussed on the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach (SLA).

    The following series of three papers (prepared on behalf of the FAUNO Consortium) explore synergies, complementarities and divergences between the M4P and Sustainable Livelihoods approaches.

    1: Complementarities, divergences and synergies
    This main paper outlines the conceptual framework used to assess the two projects as well as summarising the discussion

    2: Case studies
    These case studies compare two projects in Bangladesh: KATALYST for M4P and LEAF/SAAKTI for SLA, with a third case study reporting on a joint initiative between KATALYST and LEAF/SAAKTI.

    3: International development cooperation: seeking common principles that underpin a coherent approach to poverty reduction
    These briefing notes describe the analytical framework under which the M4P and SL approaches were compared to each other.

    Associated Activities and Documents
    Synthesis Documents
    »Making Markets Work (for the Poor)/M4P: Some key links, 2011