The rise of market systems development (MSD) programming in the field of private sector development has coincided with an awakening of the field to the importance of more equitable development reflected in the increasing program commitments to gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) with people with disabilities often being captured through the broader social inclusion category. The concept of disability inclusion, however, is still new to most MSD programs and practitioners including Elan 1.2, a DFID funded MSD program implemented by Adam Smith International in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

This framework and guidance draw from the lessons learnt from the modest body of existing literature and examples of disability inclusion in market systems development and good practice from the private sector and is adapted to the DRC context and MSD methodology.

Disability inclusion in MSD framework and guidance

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