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Rapid Assessment for Markets (RAM) – Guidelines for an initial emergency market assessment

2014 — By International Committee of the Red Cross, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

In today’s world, people’s livelihoods depend to a significant extent on markets. Sudden shocks can severely limit how markets function and, as a result, drastically reduce people’s access to essential commodities.

This International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement publication is designed to provide a quick and basic introduction to how key markets operate immediately after a shock. It includes market data, which is essential for making informed decisions about how to respond and what transfer mechanisms to use.

To facilitate the use of these guidelines, the tools used in this publication in original format can be downloaded directly here:

The accompanying poster is available here