Mary Morgan has been involved in human rights and economic development work since 1986. Recognizing early on that having the opportunity to earn an income is a basic human right, Mary’s work morphed from human rights into microfinance and then market development. She has worked with CARE, Katalysis Partnership, SEEP, Katalysis, CIDA, UMCOR, IRC, ARC, MEDA, IFC-SEDF, ACDI/VOCA, IDE, Omidyar Network, Mercy Corps, Aid to Artisans, Street Kids International, as well as various other organizations.
Employing participatory techniques, Mary engages market development professionals to think out of the box and adapt to the context they are working within to identify appropriate leverage points to influence systemic change that includes vulnerable populations as suppliers and consumers. Her work has spanned the globe.
Mary is committed to making economic development accessible and doable so that everyone can understand how markets operate, whether they are market development practitioners, senior managers or those that have been disenfranchised themselves. This work is her way of contributing towards social change. She is committed to making knowledge accessible, inspiring curiosity to discover how structures influence market behavior, and to pay attention to feedback from market systems so professionals can adapt to influence what is, instead of holding on to what is suppose to be.