Private Sector Development

One of the most effective ways of tackling global poverty is improving the livelihoods and income opportunities available to disadvantaged people. The World Bank estimates that 80% of the poverty reduction achieved over recent years was brought about by economic growth. Adam Smith International is a leading authority on promoting sustainable and inclusive private sector development in developing and post-conflict economies around the world. 

We work with a wide range of private and public sector organisations to deliver innovative, practical solutions that generate lasting pro-poor economic growth, even in the most challenging of environments. Our work has delivered real improvements in the lives of millions of micro-entrepreneurs and small-scale farmers.

Our expertise includes:

  • Market development and Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P)
  • Agriculture development
  • Business environment reform and investment promotion
  • Public-private dialogue and business advocacy
  • Financial sector development
  • Trade enhancement and economic integration
  • State enterprise, parastatal, and agency reform
  • Labour & employment

Our projects are funded by a wide range of donor organisations including the UK Department for International Development, the Swedish and Danish development agencies, the World Bank, the European Commission, the Australian development agency, the Asian Development Bank and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. We also work directly for host governments.

Click on each expertise area to find out more and see examples of our work.