Milestone Achievement

By March 2017, 4.69 million SMEs and farmers in Bangladesh had benefited from an income increase of USD 689 million.

In 2014, Katalyst won the OECD Development Assistance Committee first prize for Taking Innovation to Scale for facilitating the introduction of mini-packets of affordable, branded, quality seed to the Bangladesh market

Katalyst contributed significantly to the emergence of DCED’s Standard for Results Measurement. Katalyst’s system was successfully audited by the DCED in 2011, as the first project globally. Project also audited in 2013 and 2016 achieving excellent results.

Katalyst developed new tools, such as the systemic change measurement framework, and the Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) index.

Katalyst systematically applies the poverty profiling tool: Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI) of Grameen Foundation to measure the percentage of poor people benefited by the project. In Phase 3, as per PPI, 76% of the beneficiaries (farmers and small business owners) were living below the upper poverty line (less than 2.5 USD per day), and 23% below the lower poverty line (less than 1.25 USD per day).

Katalyst exceeded all targets by far and laid the foundation for successful scaling-up by consolidating the principles of the Market Systems Development (MSD) approach.

As a part of anchoring, Katalyst took the initiative to update the Agricultural Extension Manual in 2016. The Manual was updated after 17 years with the technical assistance of Katalyst. The manual will be used to plan, direct and monitor above 20,000 DAE officials and the entire 24 regions of DAE.

Katalyst's better alignment of sector activities with the mandate of Ministry of Commerce(MoC) through coordinated and joint activities with the MoC and the Business Promotion Council (BPC), joint field visits and monitoring with multiple government officials, have contributed to significantly improved government relations. On April 2017, Katalyst signed a contractual agreement with BPC. The broad objective is to engage BPC, in assessing, designing, enhancing the institutional capacity and effectively intervening in selected project activities during 2017.

Rural Development Academy (RDA) - a public research and training institute has improved the curriculum and content for its Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development (PGDRD) course. The newly designed course reflects Katalyst’s experiences and learning of working with private sector for rural development. Bangladesh Technical Education Board has included Katalyst’s learning on public private partnership in agriculture extension in the syllabus of Agriculture Training Institutes.