The Theory of Change (ToC) of the project Making Market Work for Women (MMWW) flows from the understanding of the situation of constraints inhibiting access to market which is imperfect and biased against the people living in poverty. For women, this constraining condition is double-edged in the sense that they do not get access to service providing and local market institutions on the one hand and their productive role is officially unrecognized due to prevailing notions about value of women’s work on the other. The double-edged constraint as such is reinforced by the stereo-typed gender division of labor where they are perceived as the farm wives rather than independent collectives of women in agricultural entrepreneurial activities. All these constraints have laid the foundation of MMWW initiative with a proposition of whether market could be made work for women.
In overcoming the above constraints, MMWW project has broadly articulated SRHR (Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights) and Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) as three major pillars of intervention in theorizing the change that could create an enabling market environment that works for women.