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Markets

Well-functioning markets are a lifeline for people affected by crises. Effective cash and voucher assistance (CVA) uses and supports local markets. Market analysis must therefore be a key part of the response cycle, for cash programming and other forms of humanitarian assistance.

When designing a humanitarian intervention and deciding whether to use CVA, a market analysis should be part of the overall response analysis. Supporting markets to function well has been shown to lead to faster recovery and increased resilience in disaster affected areas.

Many organizations have invested in the development of tools to support market analysis and are considering market-based programming more holistically. This includes interventions that use the market (such as cash transfers to affected populations), as well as interventions that directly support markets (such as conditional grants to traders to get their market back up and running).

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New Guidance: Market-Based Programming in WASH: Technical Guidance for Humanitarian Practitioners

Webinar

Over recent years, humanitarian aid organizations have increasingly used market-based programming (MBP) to deliver water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in emergencies. ‘Market-based modalities’ include the distribution of cash and vouchers, which enable recipient households to access the WASH goods...

8 September 2021 / English

Guidelines on Using Cash and Voucher Assistance for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Programming

Guidelines and Tools

CARE seeks to increase its use of CVA for one of its core areas of programming, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). This is in line with the recommendations of the Inter-Agency Working Group on Reproductive Health, which deems CVA a suitable option to ensure ongoing access to affordable and...

1 September 2021

Exploring Self-Reliance at the Humanitarian-Development Nexus: A Longer-Term Review of MPCA Outcomes

Report

Multi-Purpose Cash Assistance (MPCA) is provided to extremely socio-economically vulnerable individuals to alleviate financial hardship. In Iraq, MPCA is intended to act as temporary consumption support so that households may eventually be linked with social protection assistance or return to...

30 August 2021

Financial Inclusion in Fragility: Wealth, Saving, Borrowing and Lending in Iraq

Report

Access to credit and savings are critical to a household’s resilience to shocks. Socio-economically vulnerable populations in Iraq often bear the brunt of the crises and respond by using accessible financial coping mechanisms. By having access to useful and affordable financial products and services...

25 June 2021

Financial Inclusion in Fragility: Wealth, Saving, Borrowing and Lending in Iraq – Summary Report

Report

Access to credit and savings are critical to a household’s resilience to shocks. Socio-economically vulnerable populations in Iraq often bear the brunt of the crises and respond by using accessible financial coping mechanisms. By having access to useful and affordable financial products and services...

25 June 2021

Economic Relief, Recovery, And Resilience Assessment For Southern Iraq

Report

The profile of Southern Iraq varies from that of the Northern ‘conflict-affected’ governorates most heavily impacted by the conflict with the Islamic State between 2014-2017. Southern Iraq has seen chronic underinvestment since the 1980s, with cumulative impacts building across the Iran-Iraq War and...

10 June 2021

Minding the (financial and digital) gap! – How informal social safety nets leverage digital & cash enablers in COVID-19 pandemic

Presentation

Minding the (financial and digital) gap! – How informal social safety nets leverage digital & cash enablers in COVID-19 pandemic: In every context, strengthening the links between cash transfers, savings groups and digitisation contributes to resilient recovery from COVID-19. Representatives of...

17 May 2021

Making Market Assessments Fit for Your Purpose

Webinar recording

Watch the webinar recording here.   Market assessments form an essential and integral part of an overall response analysis to inform humanitarian programme design. Findings from market assessments help with decisions about adequate transfers of Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) and the appropriate...

7 May 2021

Rapid Market Assessment and Price Monitoring Report – Huehuetenango Department Guatemala

Report

Methodology: This rapid assessment of markets and prices was based on an adapted version of the IFRC’s Rapid Assessment for Markets, elements of the EMMA toolkit’s market system approach and the consortium of NGO’s price monitoring format. The methodology was chosen to give a basic and rapid...

21 April 2021

Modality Decision Tool: Nutrition Addendum

Guidelines and Tools

The Modality Decision Tool (MDT) Nutrition Addendum aids implementing partners to apply a nutrition lens to the selection of appropriate food assistance modalities (cash, vouchers, or in-kind) for the nutritionally vulnerable. This addendum is primarily oriented to USAID/BHA’s “supplemental nutrition...

14 April 2021