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Learning from cash responses to the tsunami: Issue Paper 1: Analysing markets

September 2006 — By Lesley Adams, Paul Harvey

This is the first of six issue papers which form part of a project to document learning around cash-based responses to the Indian Ocean tsunami. The project was funded by the British Red Cross, Save the Children UK, Oxfam GB, Mercy Corps and Concern Worldwide.

This 5-page Issue Paper explores the broad lines of the importance of market analysis in the planning, delivery and management of cash responses.  It looks at key questions in market analysis, types of markets and their relevance to different sectoral interventions, and when to analyse markets. The paper also discusses inflation risks and the multiplier effect, and provides case study examples from the tsunami response.

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