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Labour Market Analysis in Humanitarian Contexts. A practitioner’s guide

2016 — By Mercy Corps, Save the Children, International Rescue Committee

The world and the scale of complex crises are rapidly changing, thus calling for new tools and fresh approaches. This guide aims to help humanitarians conduct better labour market analyses (LMA) to inform the design and delivery of livelihoods and market strengthening programmes in emergency crisis and post-crisis settings. It contains guidance and recommendations on ways of improving the appropriateness, scope, precision and analysis of labour market assessments. This is not a definitive guide to conducting an LMA, but a complement to existing guidance, tools and approaches used globally.

As many assessment tools already exists, the goal of this guide is to provide guidance on how to tailor these resources to more accurately assess livelihoods and labour market opportunities in complex humanitarian situations. This guide represents the most current thinking and best available information that the humanitarian markets and livelihoods community of practice have collected to date (November 2015).


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