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Maria del Mar Maestre Morales - Research Officer

Business, Markets and the State; Rural Futures
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E: m.maestremorales@ids.ac.uk

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Mar Maestre is an international development researcher and practitioner with a focus on private sector, market systems and development. She has over 10 years of professional experience, which combine an international development profile with investment banking professional experience. Mar works in the Business and Development Centre at IDS and her research focuses on understanding market pathways (such as informal, formal) towards more sustainable and equitable outcomes.

Currently, Mar is researching how different market pathways (defined as a large number of actors interacting with different perspectives and levels of power) drive changes which will have intended and unintended consequences for the communities they interact with. Her current projects are on market systems approaches, food systems and nutrition, women's economic empowerment and unpaid care work, public-private partnerships, social enterprises, and inclusive business.

She uses systems thinking as well as participatory and qualitative methods and has worked in South and East Asia (Philippines, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh) and Sub-Saharan Africa (Tanzania, Ghana, Rwanda, Ethiopia) among others.

Prior to joining IDS, Mar was the programme and country manager at Fundacion CODESPA, a Spanish NGO in the Philippines for two years. She also worked for four years in the private sector, as associate of Lazard, an international investment bank, advising key European companies on corporate finance transactions.

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Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) is a five-year, DFID-funded, research programme consortium which aims to produce new evidence and policy insights into different pathways to agricultural commercialisation in Africa and their differential outcomes for local people and economies.

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The kind of challenges that the food and agriculture sector is faced with increasingly asks for approaches that can engage effectively with related complexities. Much is invested in multi-stakeholder platforms as they hold a potential for playing an important role in doing so. However, there is a great need to assess their contribution to inclusive and sustainable development, and to assess what makes for effective platforms.

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The BEAM Exchange is a global knowledge exchange facility for market systems practitioners. It supports development programmes and private sector initiatives that fight poverty by working with businesses, governments and others to transform markets so they work better for poor people.

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There is much we still need to learn about the structure and process of business and the state interactions with regards to specific and general development issues. This project therefore aims to assess the state of play in research on state-business relations in developing countries, and outline a research agenda which builds on this foundation towards better understanding of the role of state-business relations in shaping development outcomes, including but also beyond economic growth.

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Market systems programmes are increasingly recognising the important role that women play in market activity and including women’s economic empowerment and gender equality objectives. However, unpaid care work is a significant and regularly overlooked factor which affects women’s economic, political and social activities.

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This research will identify the key factors driving the effectivness of public-private partnerships (PPPs) at bringing sustained increases in income for smallholder farmers at scale and delivering positive development outcomes across rural communities.

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The objective of the research is to develop capacity and an analytical approach for the analysis of value chains-based initiatives aimed at enhancing access and consumption of nutritious foods by the poor and to use this learning to develop research proposals on leveraging value chains for nutrition.

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IDS publications on international development research

Assessing Food Value Chain Pathways, Linkages and Impacts for Better Nutrition of Vulnerable Groups

Food Policy 68 (2017)

This article offers insights into assessing the effectiveness of post farm-gate agri-food value chains at improving the nutrition intake of vulnerable groups. It develops a conceptual framework integrating the value chain concepts with agriculture and nutrition, and identifies key outcomes and requirements for value chains to be successful at delivering substantive and sustained consumption of nutrient-dense foods by poor households. More details

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State–Business Relations Beyond Growth: Bringing in Development

IDS Evidence Report 215 (2016)

The signatories of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have called on a wide range of businesses ‘to apply their creativity and innovation’ to address sustainable development challenges. Yet the role of business in contributing to development depends profoundly on its interaction with the state. This paper asks how states and businesses interact in different contexts to shape development outcomes. More details

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Understanding Unpaid Care Work to Empower Women in Market Systems Approaches: Policy Brief

Approaches to support women to participate in paid work often assume that women’s time is elastic. They fail to consider roles and responsibilities in the household and the community, and this can undermine both development outcomes and market activities. More details

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Understanding Unpaid Care Work to Empower Women in Market Systems Approaches

Interventions designed to support women to participate in productive or paid work – either as business owners or employees – are often based on assumptions around the elasticity of women’s time. More details

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Market Systems Approaches to Enabling Women's Economic Empowerment through Addressing Unpaid Care Work

This framing document sets out how the provision of care can be integrated conceptually within a market systems approach. More details

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Beyond the paid economy: unpaid care work and women’s empowerment

26 Apr 2017
By Maria del Mar Maestre Morales

What do food systems have to do with urbanisation?

10 Apr 2017
By Maria del Mar Maestre Morales, Katherine Pittore

Women's economic empowerment – where is unpaid care work?

10 Mar 2016
By Maria del Mar Maestre Morales

The private sector and the Sustainable Development Goals

24 Sep 2015
By Matteo Mancini, Maria del Mar Maestre Morales

Shifting the debate on the role of business and markets in development

13 Jul 2015
By Maria del Mar Maestre Morales

BEAM commissions new research on market system approaches

07 Jul 2015
By Maria del Mar Maestre Morales

Greece, new hope or new risks for Europe?

17 Mar 2015
By Maria del Mar Maestre Morales, Henry Tugendhat

Public Private Partnerships – a recipe for success?

23 Oct 2014
By Maria del Mar Maestre Morales

Social Enterprises and why we must stop romanticising them

01 Aug 2014
By Maria del Mar Maestre Morales

What role can business play in tackling nutrition challenges?

02 Apr 2014
By Maria del Mar Maestre Morales
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