BIF employs a ‘Market Systems Approach’ - aiming for large scale, inclusive and sustainable economic impact by catalysing change in overall markets rather than targeting individual operators within that market. BIF looks to support commercially viable pro-poor market innovations that will enhance economic growth, create wealth, and reduce poverty.
To do so, BIF partners with companies that are operating in selected markets and have the potential to benefit a large number of poor people. BIF supports these companies, typically with high quality consultancy services, to develop innovative and inclusive business models and disseminates the benefits of these innovations. Ultimately, BIF aims to improve access to economic opportunities for poor people, so that they may engage in markets as employees, producers or consumers.
In Myanmar, BIF focuses its work on three sectors: garment, tourism and bamboo.