MDF is active in

5 countries

It has leveraged

USD 14.2 million

in private sector investment since it started

and has benefitted


people across its countries.

What is MDF?

Market Development Facility is an Australian Government funded multi-country initiative which promotes sustainable economic development, through higher incomes for women and men, in our partner countries.

We connect individuals, businesses, governments and NGOs with each other, and with markets at home and abroad. This enhances investment and coordination and allows partnerships to flourish, strengthening inclusive economic growth.

MDF is supported by the Australian Government. It is implemented by Palladium, in partnership with Swisscontact.

Results integrity

MDF invests in gathering, analysing and interpreting a wide range of data from interventions, market actors, communities and other stakeholders. We then evaluate it and systematically refine our questions, methods and processes to make sure we are really capturing the essence of change. Our Quality and Inclusion team then work with our intervention managers to ensure that we’re on the right track, and that no harm is being done.

Each country undergoes a portfolio review on a frequent basis. We review each intervention in a sector to assess continued validity, progress and make adjustments to improve effectiveness.

MDF measures the impact of its work in three ways. Actuals show what the current impact of an intervention is; projections show what that intervention can realistically achieve under the current market circumstances; and estimates represent what the whole program – so all interventions together – can reasonably achieve over its lifetime. They are very similar to targets.