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Milestone Achievement

The overall result has been a deepening of systemic change through knowledge capitalisation, an anchoring of business models with both public and private stakeholders, and an increase in geographic coverage.

  • 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.

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