MDF is active in

6 countries

It has leveraged

USD 25.7 million

in private sector investment since it started

and has benefitted


people across its countries.

What is MDF?

Market Development Facility is a multi-country initiative that promotes sustainable economic development by aiming to increase incomes for women and men in our partner countries.

We support partners from both the business and government sectors to identify and grow commercial opportunities that are profitable, scalable and deliver social and environmental value.

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

Monitoring, results and market intelligence

MDF is committed to regular and accurate monitoring of all activities, and the program invests time and resources in ensuring quality. MDF’s Quality and Inclusion (results) team ensures that relevant data is collected before, during and after interventions. The team’s inclusive approach also collates information on the impact of MDF activities on WEE, disability and the environment.

The impact of this work is measured in three ways. ‘Actuals’ show the current impact of an intervention; ‘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. MDF's measurement framework adheres to the guidelines set by the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED).

The rich information gathered through MDF’s activities and networks contributes to the program’s growing market intelligence function. This intelligence serves to provide valuable, actionable insights to our funders and partners.

To understand MDF’s approach to monitoring and results, watch ‘Results Measurement in Action':

For published MDF market intelligence, visit MDF Now!