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Private Sector Development

The private sector plays an increasingly important role in providing business solutions to stimulating employment and reducing poverty, promoting social inclusion, empowerment and in innovative solutions in the adaptation to climate change. We support the design of programmes to assist small and medium enterprises to access finance, improve their business strategies, get their goods to markets and measure their results. We work with Governments, donors, foundations, development banks, financial intermediaries, business associations as well as businesses directly.

We design, monitor and evaluate private sector programmes that address market failure, reduce poverty and promote inclusive growth. We work in three areas: programme design and review; grant programme management; and business engagement. We have specific strengths in qualitative and quantitative research and analysis including: cost benefit analysis; value for money; and the design of impact frameworks including the use of the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED) results measurement standard. We are experienced in identifying and supporting business solutions to reduce poverty in fragile states. We design initiatives to address gender inequality and promote women's economic empowerment.

David Smith


  • MasterCard Foundation: MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity, Africa (2014-2021)

    The MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity is a US$50 million challenge fund which aims to improve the lives of 1,000,000 people living in poverty by enabling businesses to begin or expand financial services in rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. We are assisting in the implementation of the Fund in partnership with KPMG to support access to finance in Africa in rural areas by working with agribusiness and financial intermediaries. As part of the project, we are developing and implementing, a monitoring and evaluation strategy to capture the results from the funded projects covering improved livelihoods, empowerment and resilience of the rural poor.

  • Shell Foundation: Design of Framework to Measure Impact (2015)

    Shell Foundation is an independent charity established by the Shell Group in the year 2000 to create and scale new solutions to global development challenges – solutions that seek to leverage the skills and networks of Shell, where possible, to deliver greater development impact. We assisted the Shell Foundation in developing a framework for understanding the suite of impacts that its social enterprise partners have on their end-beneficiaries. These impacts include increased incomes directly from the enterprises and the wider value chain and social impacts including improved quality of life and reduced emissions. As part of the project, results measurement logics and methods of collecting data were designed.

  • DFID: Design and Implementation of UK-India Infrastructure Technical Co-operation Facility (Delhi, India) (2014-2017)

    As part of a new package of support for pro-poor private sector investment in India's poorest states, DFID India intends to partner with the Ministry of Finance (MoF), Government of India (GoI), to create an Infrastructure Technical Co-operation Facility (ITCF) to support improvements in the business environment for private sector participation in infrastructure; with a particular focus on unblocking finance flows into infrastructure, and improving regulations and policies in sectors with limited private market experience. The overarching objective of the ITCF will be to increase private sector investments and confidence in the infrastructure sector.

    We are responsible for designing and managing programme for commissioning and organising policy and programme services and products within ITCF with the focus on the following:

    • Regulations and Policy: Support improvements in the business environment for private sector participation in infrastructure, including a focus on providing international experience and perspectives on regulations and policies, particularly in sectors with limited PPP experience;

    • Capacity: Increased capability to formulate development-oriented infrastructure projects and to address implementation barriers;

    • Knowledge Building: Developing knowledge pieces of interest for the sector and robust evidence of what works in private sector-supported programmes and approaches in India, along with establishing effective dialogue mechanisms between key stakeholders in the public and private sector.

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