This course provides a basic introduction to the concepts and methods behind M4P, an approach to understanding and overcoming the failure of systems to serve the needs of the poor. Contrary to traditional project approaches, in which implementing agencies provide or support services that go directly to the poor, an agency applying M4P acts as a facilitator that aligns key players and functions of a system to produce sustainable results. The approach was originally developed to analyse and strengthen market systems and private sector development — which will be the focus of the course. Today, the approach is also applied to systems with predominantly public sector activities, such as education systems.
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