New report analyzes market-based solutions for global poverty challenges

May 6, 2009 by PATH

PATH-sponsored project looks at business models primarily in India

Emerging Markets, Emerging Models reports on the scalability and commercial viability of market-based solutions to poverty challenges in India.

Monitor Group has released a new report that looks at how business models can address challenges faced by the world’s poorest people, such as access to health care, education, and clean water. The report, Emerging Markets, Emerging Models, is part of a multi-year project funded by eleven sponsors, including PATH.

The report analyzes the behaviors, economics, and business models of successful market-based solutions that address challenges of global poverty. Monitor says of the report: “Compiled in an effort to use fact-based research to move beyond stereotypes, anecdotes, and common assumptions about the potential of market-based solutions, Monitor’s findings highlight actual data from global working models.”

Obstacles and successes

The report focuses on the scalability and commercial viability of market-based solutions in India, and whether they are reaching the intended low-income populations. Monitor pursued two key questions in its research:

  • Why have so few market-based solutions gone to scale, and what are the obstacles?
  • What are the business models, across sectors (including health and water), that show promise of success in getting to scale?

The findings will help PATH in our work to find solutions for giving families increased access to the safe water they need and encouraging businesses in the developing world to invest in safe water solutions for low-income populations.

Monitor will hold a conference May 18 through 19 in New Delhi to discuss findings of the report. Groups can register for the conference on Monitor’s website.

In addition to PATH, other sponsors of Emerging Markets, Emerging Models include The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, ICICI Bank, IDFC, IFC, Omidyar Network, Orient Global, the Rockefeller Foundation, Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and TPI.

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