Samarth-NMDP is a five year DFID-funded rural market development programme that aims to reduce poverty in Nepal by increasing incomes of 300,000 smallholder farmers and small-scale entrepreneurs.

The programme works to improving the underlying pro-poor performance of rural sectors, leading to opportunities for better access and improved growth for poor and disadvantaged people. The programme follows the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) approach.

A focus on results

Samarth-NMDP’s Results Management System is an integral part of project planning and allows strategic and informed management of interventions. The system has been designed to be technically robust - capturing key information on results generated by interventions – in order to drive programme performance and value for money. The ultimate aim of Results Management is to monitor and measure results in order to both prove impact and improve impact.

Along with measuring high-level changes, such as the number of farmers recording improved income, the Results Management System looks at the capacity and incentives of market players to continue to deliver services to the poor, beyond Samarth-NMDP’s lifecycle. Monitoring and results measurement process measure the level of capacity of these market players, the degree of buy-in or commitment from key stakeholders, the profitability of commercial service providers, and the institutionalisation of practice change.

The Results Management system aims to reflect best practice in results measurement in market development.  The system has been designed in conformity with the DCED Standard for Results Measurement which provides a blueprint for measuring results against established good practice.