Billions of people around the world do not have access to products like solar lights, water filters, clean cookstoves and nutrition products. This is because distribution of these products is difficult and expensive, and because customers have low incomes and often live in remote, hard-to-reach areas. This is known as ‘The Access Gap’.
Last mile distribution organisations (“LMDs”) specifically target this last mile market, which is overlooked by the traditional private sector. But they face a range of challenges: they operate in isolation within high-risk/low-infrastructure markets, with little capacity and limited access to finance. Instead of learning from and leveraging one another, they are continuously reinventing the wheel.
We believe that last mile distributors, and the products they sell, have a vital role to play in alleviating global poverty and contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals.
The GDC works to support last mile distributors and the underserved customers that they seek to reach. We adopt a systems approach, implementing ‘collective’ interventions that support the growth of the sector as a whole. We also help the broader ecosystem – including manufacturers, service providers, investors, donors and governments – to work more effectively with last mile distributors to achieve shared goals.