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Turning Ideas Into Action. Development Marketplace. Sam Wedderburn Prepared by DM Team June 26, 2008. Development Marketplace (DM). Program objectives. Identify and support INNOVATIVE, early stage ideas with potential for high development impact

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development marketplace

Turning Ideas Into Action

Development Marketplace

Sam Wedderburn

Prepared by DM Team

June 26, 2008


Development Marketplace (DM)

Program objectives

  • Identify and support INNOVATIVE, early stage ideas with potential for high development impact
  • Help build the capacity of implementing organizations to execute and scale up their ideas
  • Serve as a convening platform for funders and other development actors on social entrepreneurship

DM Activities

1. Competitions

Global (annual)

Regional and Country-level (~6 per year)

2. Knowledge Dissemination

Knowledge Exchange at the Marketplace events

DM Website

DM Blog (forthcoming)

3. Project Services

Project supervision

Identification of follow-on funders and TA providers for selected projects


DM Global Competitions Increasingly Sector-Focused

  • 2003 – Services for the Poor
  • 2005 – Sustainable Livelihoods
  • 2006 – Water Supply, Sanitation and Energy
  • 2007 – Health, Nutrition and Population
  • 2008 – Sustainable Agriculture for Development

Global DM2008: Sustainable Agriculture for Development

Objectives:Mobilize award pool of up to US$6 million to fund 25-30 innovative sustainable agriculture projects in three key areas:

Linking Small-Scale Farmers to Input-Output Markets

Improving Land Access and Tenure for the Poor

Promoting the Environmental Services of Agriculture in

Addressing Climate Change and Biodiversity Conservation

Date:September 24-25, 2008

Location:World Bank Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

Key Parters: GEF, IFC and Gates Foundation


Key Features of Global DM2008 Competition’s Finalists

Finalists by Organization Type

Award size:$50,000-$200,000

Maximum timeframe: 24 Months

Finalists by

Implementation Region


DM-GEF Partnership

Breakdown of GEF contribution to DM 2003-2008

  • $1 M for 2003 Global Competition, disbursed to 6 projects in Ghana, Vietnam, Mexico, Nepal and India
  • $1 M for 2005 Global Competition, disbursed to 8 projects in the Philippines, Azerbaijan, Costa Rica, Kenya and India
  • $2 M for 2006 Global Competition, disbursed to 13 projects in India, Kenya, China, Rwanda, Kyrgyz Republic, Benin, Senegal, Turkey, Lesotho and Nepal.
  • $2M committed for 2008 Global Competition, winners will be announced on September, 26, 2008.

DM Projects Funded by GEF (2003-2006)

Regional Breakdown

Grants to Africa ($ commitment by year)

Grants to Africa ($ commitment by country)


Independent Evaluation of DM2003 Projects

  • Conducted in 2007 to assess impact
  • 41 projects out of 47 were evaluated and categorized into three categories

DM Ratings at 3 months prior to Project Completion

for 2006 Projects

(independent evaluation pending)


Project idea

Development Potential

Progress to date

  • To clean the Mukuru-Ngong River in Nairobi, offering a credit system to encourage mechanics to collect used engine oil instead of dumping it into the river.
  • Safely disposes of used oil while providing previously unattainable access to credit for business expansion.
  • Used lubricating oil a significant contaminant to the Mukuru-Ngong river, resulting in negative health and environmental conditions
  • 247,000 liters of used oil which would have otherwise been dumped into the river was collected and recycled into the economy. Project aims to recycle 1,200,000 liters of used oil each year by 2012.
  • Over $31,000 lent to at least 56 mechanics groups or garages, in loans ranging from $120 to $500.

GEF Funded DM2005 Project

Credit for Safe Collection of Used Oil, KenyaUS$150,000


Project idea

Development Potential

Progress to date

  • Reduce waste and energy costs by buying discarded charcoal dust collected by Nairobi’s slum dwellers and transform it into low-cost, clean-burning briquettes
  • Provides a reliable income stream
  • Offers a fuel alternative that is 40 percent cheaper than charcoal
  • Reduces pollution from charcoal waste in the air and water
  • 11 tons of dust collected daily, 6 tons from Kibera -the biggest slum in Kenya- and 5 tons from other sites in Nairobi
  • 9 tons per day of charcoal briquettes produced and sold profitably to restaurants, poultry farmers, and supermarkets, among others

GEF Funded DM2005 project

Community Carbon Collectors: Briquetting in KenyaUS$132,773


Project idea

Development Potential

Progress to date

  • To provide clean and reliable lighting to 10,000 tribal households using LED light units and a community-based maintenance plan.
  • $15 lamp paid for over 50 cent bi-weekly installments.
  • Replaces kerosene lamps, which provide limited light, cause indoor pollution and incur a heavier economic burden
  • 2,500 LED lights sold in India
  • 100 village entrepreneurs trained in selling and maintaining lamps
  • Now collaborating with similar initiatives in Afghanistan, Cambodia and Kenya.
  • Leveraged a total of $ 1.4 Million from a private investment company.

GEF Funded DM 2006 project

Clean & Reliable LED Lighting for Tribal Homes, IndiaUS$177,250


Project idea

Development Potential

Progress to date

  • To improve the living conditions of families in Bishkek through the provision of affordable and environmentally clean home heating systems.
  • Combines a traditional construction method using cane reed and clay with a innovative under floor heating system.
  • 40 percent reduction in the cost of home construction and maintenance
  • 75 percent reduction in heating costs, causing reduced environmental degradation.
  • Built a total of 20 cane reed houses
  • Project being scaled up in the Kyrgyz Republic, with 5 additional houses under construction.
  • Project is currently negotiating an agreement with the German Development Bank – KFW to increase the number of homes through credits to low income families.

GEF Funded DM2006 project

Cane Reed: 19th Century Idea, 21st Century Solution, Kyrgyz Republic



Thank you!

For more information:

contact Theresa Bradley, Team Leader, 202-473-0016


and for inspiration, take a look at our video posted on our home webpage