How useful is the M4P approach in a post-conflict situation? Can the M4P approach help those most impacted by conflict? And is it even appropriate to be thinking about market development in the aftermath of conflict?
These are key questions raised by practitioners and policy makers interested in using the M4P approach in post-conflict situations. For our first M4P Hub Debate, we’ve brought in two experts to explore these questions and look at the supporting and opposing sides to the motion: “the M4P approach has limited utility in post-conflict environments”.
M4P Hub panellists Sarah Maguire, chief executive at Social Development Direct (www.sddirect.org.uk), and Andrew Ockenden, senior manager at Coffey International Development (www.coffey.com), draw on their field experience in post-conflict countries to produce M4P Hub Discussion Papers on this topic.
Read their discussion papers here to learn more about the topic. Then see the top ten questions asked by our readers and see what our panellists said.
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Sarah MaguireChief Executive, Social Development Direct
Sarah, chief executive of Social Development Direct (www.sddirect.org.uk), is an international lawyer with a wealth of development experience. Having started a career in nursing, she then trained as a criminal defence and latterly, immigration and asylum barrister. In 1999, Sarah joined DFID as a senior human rights adviser in the conflict and humanitarian affairs department, then in 2003, established herself as an independent justice and human rights advisor. She has worked extensively with UN entities, NGOs and the UK government, specializing in the justice sector, gender and conflict, child protection, stabilisation and forced migration, with a focus in fragile states.
Diane JohnsonGlobal Economic Coordinator, Mercy Corps
Diane Johnson is the Global Economic Development Coordinator for Mercy Corps, a position she took after five years as the Regional Program Director for the South Asia region. She has worked internationally for over thirteen years in senior management positions predominantly in countries experiencing conflict or natural disaster. Diane has focused on recovery and development programming with a strong focus on agricultural development and access to financial services. She has worked extensively with cash programming including participating in development of ODI case studies on cash transfers post-Tsunami. Countries of experience include Haiti, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Ferghana region of Central Asia, Sudan, Kosovo, Macedonia (FYROM), Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Andrew OckendenSenior Manager, Coffey International Development
Andrew has an MSc in Financial Economics and over a decade of experience in applying economics to help the poorest. He has specialised in private sector development and macroeconomic reform. Andrew was a DFID economist between 2001 and 2008, covering a range of countries, policies and sectors. He was recently the team leader for the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development, developing a toolkit for private sector development practitioners operating in conflict affected environments, including assessing how M4P could be adapted in these environments.