MEDA's expertise includes a full range of economic development tools: financial services, improved technology, business training, better access to markets and equity investment. Our work most often focuses on women, youth and people living in poverty in rural areas.
We believe that all people deserve the opportunity to earn a livelihood and that unleashing entrepreneurship is a powerful way to alleviate poverty.
Here's how we do that:
Without investment, businesses cannot expand their climate-smart initiatives, integrate women into value chains and build the capacity of local partners. MEDA provides assistance to enhance the impact of investments and help entrepreneurs build profitable businesses serving poorer customers and reducing investor risk.Learn More
Gender Equality & Social Inclusion
Women, youth, ethnic minorities and other marginalized groups are often overlooked by service providers who do not view them as viable market segments. MEDA aims to reduce social and systemic barriers to their ability to earn a dignified livelihood by starting and running a business.Learn More
Disorganization and inefficiencies within supply chains and market systems leads to unsustainable solutions that exacerbate poverty. MEDA analyzes and understands target communities, sectors and market actors, associated barriers and opportunities, and the approaches that can sustainably shift behaviors and attitudes.Learn More
Inclusive Financial Services
MEDA provides technical assistance to over 40 microfinance institutions and banks in 22 countries, encouraging the development of products. We specialize in technology for financial transactions, community-based savings and lending, and support services for micro to medium-sized enterprises.Learn More
Environment & Climate Change
MEDA incorporates a range of environmental assessments that ensures our work provides ecologically sustainable approaches to poverty alleviation while also partnering with businesses and entrepreneurs to promote the business case for good environmental management.Learn More
Monitoring MEDA's Impact
At MEDA, measurement matters. We don’t wait until the end of our projects to evaluate success. From the moment a project begins, we gather data to understand whether our interventions are achieving the results we expected, what we can learn, and which approaches need to be refined to help our clients reach their true potential.Learn More