Economic growth that creates new jobs and business opportunities can help lift people out of poverty. Ultimately, growth that benefits the poor and marginalised leads to more stable societies.

Through our entrepreneurship program we train business leaders in developing countries.  Our teams also design and implement competitive grant funds to support innovative business ideas that can benefit the poor.

Developing economies require appropriate government frameworks to foster growth. We provide government agencies with management and administrative support to streamline processes and create better oversight for large business-enabling and infrastructure projects.

Enhancing the business capabilities of emerging economies helps attract foreign investment and leverage for new opportunities to grow local industries. Our work with the private sector seeks to create a more business-friendly environment to support the growth of businesses that benefit the poor.

We provide assistance in:

  • market and private sector development, including through the making markets work for the poor (M4P) approach
  • women’s economic empowerment
  • financial sector development
  • economic policy reform and regulation
  • economic governance
  • entrepreneurship development
  • monitoring and evaluation of economic growth programs



  • Podcast : Can business reduce poverty?

  • Podcast : Mobile for development - From M-PESA to today

  • Podcast : Making markets work for the poor