We focus on scoping, designing, implementing, and assessing programmes to increase finance and market access for poor households and small-to-medium businesses, capacity building state and non-state actors, and facilitating policy dialogue.
Financial sector development: services
- We analyse access to financial services and policies to improve sustainable access, particularly in the context of national poverty reduction strategies.
- We assess the financial soundness and efficiency of financial systems, including identification of factors that can contribute to financial instability and ineffective financial sector performance.
- We support financial institutions, and particularly commercial banks and DFIs, to develop policies, procedures, products, and delivery channels that help to widen financial inclusion and generate development benefits for client populations.
- We assess the design and performance of supporting agencies to the financial sector, such as regulatory authorities, capacity building organisations, guarantee funds, deposit insurance agencies, credit bureaus, and digital financial services.
- We evaluate financial inclusion programmes and organisations in terms of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, and impact.
- We conduct research on financial sector and financial inclusion issues, including financial inclusion and women’s economic empowerment and the operation of credit markets.
Private sector development: services
- We analyse how to improve access to, and the functioning of, a broad range of commodity and service markets especially for poor people and small enterprises using a range of techniques, including value chain analysis, commercial assessments, and political economy analysis.
- Having been involved in the conceptual development of M4P in the early 2000s, we have an interest in applying this approach in innovative contexts. OPM has worked on the interface between market development thinking and humanitarian situations, women’s economic empowerment, and the provision of low-cost ‘public good’ services.
- We conduct research on market development issues to generate information as a ‘public good’ to support the private sector and the market development community of practitioners.
- We scope, design, and review private sector development components of multi-sector programmes, such as livelihood, agriculture, urban, and trade programmes.
- We develop private sector development policies and strategies.
- We scope, design, and review challenge funds, from the design of fund objectives and procedures to the fund management function and evaluation of impact.