The ‘Bermuda Triangle’ of economic empowerment programs<br />A synthesis and analysis of MaFI’s“Do systemic interventions ...
How to read the diagram (1)<br />Getting two of the three points of the triangle is always challenging, but best practice ...
How to read the diagram (2)<br />The challenge is to move away from the edge of the triangle to its middle, which would re...
On reaching down<br />Marcus Jenal:<br />Building social, human and financial capital at community level for inclusion<br ...
On pushing up<br />???<br />?? Mainstreaming/institutionalising social safety nets through means tested targeting mechanis...
An couple thoughts on the fly<br />Since producing that diagram week’s ago I realise that ‘scale’ is short hand for ‘cost ...
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The Bermuda Triangle of Economic Empowerment Programs

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These slides are Alexis Morcrette’s take on one of MaFI’s most popular discussions over the last 18 months: “Do systemic interventions reach the poorest of the poor?” (by Marcus Jenal)

It brings together the learning and key insights of this discussion in a simple visual representation: the Bermuda Triangle.

Thanks to Alexis (a MaFI member, of course, for putting these ideas together and furthering the learning discussions that are taking place in MaFI)

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The Bermuda Triangle of Economic Empowerment Programs

  1. 1. The ‘Bermuda Triangle’ of economic empowerment programs<br />A synthesis and analysis of MaFI’s“Do systemic interventions reach the poorest of the poor?”<br />A background resource for the SEEP Annual Conference workshop: ‘A rising tide won’t lift all boats’: from differential needs of the extreme poor to market participation<br />A working document: comments, reaction, feedback, criticisms welcome, email alexis.morcrette@practicalaction.org.uk<br />Alexis Morcrette (Practical Action)<br />
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  3. 3. How to read the diagram (1)<br />Getting two of the three points of the triangle is always challenging, but best practice out there knows how to do, and there are resources to help us<br />Graduation programs hit the points: extreme poor and sustainability<br />But they struggle to hit scale cost effectively<br />Mkt dv / VC programs hit the points: scale and sustainability<br />But they struggle to reach the extreme poor<br />
  4. 4. How to read the diagram (2)<br />The challenge is to move away from the edge of the triangle to its middle, which would represent hitting all three points<br />Either by ‘pushing up’ with graduation programs (getting better on scale)<br />Or by ‘reaching down’ with market development (getting better at reaching the extreme poor)<br />
  5. 5. On reaching down<br />Marcus Jenal:<br />Building social, human and financial capital at community level for inclusion<br />More work around service contract<br />Socially responsible enterprises<br />Jim Hochschwender, EkanathKhatiwada and others<br />Enabling environment (inc. socio-cultural and legal: land and water) = systems beyond market systems<br />Linda Jones, Kamran Niazi and others:<br />Employment/Labour (both demand and supply side) (not so relevant in rural settings – Anuj Jain)<br />Jan Maes and others:<br />Partnerships! (especially partnerships based on contrast and complementation)<br />Time and patience<br />
  6. 6. On pushing up<br />???<br />?? Mainstreaming/institutionalising social safety nets through means tested targeting mechanisms ?? Huge corruption issues<br />
  7. 7. An couple thoughts on the fly<br />Since producing that diagram week’s ago I realise that ‘scale’ is short hand for ‘cost effective scale’<br />Some kind of scale on each dimension and then create polygons (triangles)? With indicators? Or just illustrative power?<br />To define the overall space, and profile organisations/programs to make it easier to seek partnerships – resources for identifying complementary partnerships?<br />See next and final slide<br />

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