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UNHCR Multi-Sector Market Assessment (MSMA): Charcoal, water, low-income rental housing and core-relief items in Maiduguri, Jere and Konduga, Borno State, Nigeria

October 2017

To assess the capacity of markets to respond to cash based initiatives (CBI), including multi-purpose cash grants (MPG), the UNHCR Multi-Sector Market Assessment (MSMA) was piloted in Maiduguri Municipal Council (MMC), Jere and Konduga Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Borno State, Nigeria in July 2017. The MSMA was led by UNHCR and followed the Save the Children’s led Basic Needs Assessment (BNA)2 piloted in June 2017 in the same localities. This study contributes to the work of “Consortium for the uptake of collaborative, quality multipurpose grants in emergency response”, represented by Save the Children and funded by ECHO’s Emergency Response Capacity pool3. Data collection for the assessment was sponsored by Save the Children.
Market assessment objectives included:
a. To assess whether the charcoal, core relief item, water and rental housing markets can supply effectively in response to a cash Based Intervention (CBI) with specific focus on Multi Purpose Cash Grants (MPG);
b. To pilot the UNHCR Multi-Sector Market Assessment Companion Guide and Toolkit (MSMA) and collect learning on how the MSMA could be improved.


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