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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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The Impact of Cash Transfers on Local Economies

Policy paper

In this special edition of Policy in Focus, leading authors and practitioners present their research on how cash transfers can impact the local economy when implemented in a developing country. The aim is to gather and review research results and evidence, obtained from various methodologies ranging from...

2015

Exploring Food Assistance Programmes: Evidence for Lebanon

Report

The purpose of this study is to analyse how markets in Lebanon have responded to the increased demand from the Syrian refugees. More specifically, the study focuses on the micro-level impacts of market-based food assistance on the market supply chains and market performance. It explores the pros and cons...

2015

Strengthening Markets in Crisis

Presentation

All around the world, people depend on markets for their lives and livelihoods. But what happens to these markets when an emergency occurs? This video explains the concept behind cash, voucher and market assistance, which is rapidly becoming a modality of choice for humanitarian programmes engaged in...

2015

Multiplier Effects in Humanitarian Markets

Presentation

Cash, voucher and market-based humanitarian assistance stimulates local economies affected by an emergency. This video explains how, when emergency cash transfers are injected into markets, multiplier effects can yield long-term development and enable crisis-affected communities to rebuild their...

2015

Guidance Notes: Cash Transfers in Livelihoods Programming- West Africa

Guidelines and Tools

A growing acceptance of cash transfers as an inter-sectorial tool is accompanied by a better understanding of this approach and its potential to break the cycle of poverty, after much discussion on the role cash transfers have to play in building resilience. In the Sahel, food security experts have...

2015

Overview: Rapid Assessment of Markets (RAM)

Report

The Rapid Assessment for Markets (RAM) provides a quick and basic snapshot of how key markets operate immediately after a shock, to support initial decision on feasibility of response options (cash vs in-kind, initial market support) and to identify whether or not more detailed market system analysis is...

2015

MARKit: Price monitoring, analysis and response kit

Guidelines and Tools

The Price Monitoring, Analysis and Response Kit (MARKit) was developed by representatives from the Local Regional Procurement (LRP) Learning Alliance to guide food assistance practitioners through the steps to monitor markets during the implementation of food assistance programs, and to ensure that...

2015

Transcript: Market Analysis for Urban Humanitarian Response

Presentation

This is the transcript for ALNAP’s 12th urban webinar. The recording can be viewed here. This webinar focused on how market analysis can support effective urban humanitarian response. Alexandre Gachoud from Oxfam, Laura Phelps from NRC and independent consultant Emmeline Saint shared their experiences...

2015

Markets Toolbox

Guidelines and Tools

2015

Voucher and Fair Implementation Guide

Guidelines and Tools

Mercy Corps’ Voucher and Fair implementation Guide  provides clear, step-by-step guidelines for teams implementing cash, restricted cash, or commodity voucher programmes. Written for an internal audience, the Guide may also be useful for peer agencies.

2015

Philippines Haiyan Response – A multi-sectoral review of the use of market analysis and the design and implementation of CTPs

Report

Following Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines on November 8 2014, at least 45 aid agencies chose to implement Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) to assist the more than 16 million people affected. Cash transfers were a logical approach in a country with developed market systems, strong financial...

2015

A Review of Evidence of Humanitarian Cash Transfer Programming in Urban Areas

Report

Urban poor populations frequently experience disasters of varying typology and intensity. When set against a backdrop of poverty and marginalisation, their needs can be complex. As recent urban crises have pushed humanitarian agencies to respond in urban areas, this literature review examines the...

2015

Cash in Emergencies Toolkit

Guidelines and Tools

Access Toolkit Here Cash transfer based programming (CTP) is an effective and flexible way to support people affected by emergencies, maintaining their dignity and choice, while fostering local economies. CTP includes all forms of cash and voucher-based assistance. The Cash in Emergencies Toolkit has been...

2015

Feasibility of cash transfer modalities in refugee settlements

Report

The main objective of this market assessment was to determine market functionality and the feasibility of cash transfer modality (and use of mobile money) among refugee settlements (Kyangwali, Kyaka II, Rwamwanja and Koboko) proposed for the cash transfer scale up in 2016. Survey households were randomly...

2015

Pre-crisis Market Mapping and Analysis (PCMMA): Training Report

Report

In recent years, humanitarian organisations have been re-examining their
responses to emergencies. Many have begun experimenting with cash-based initiatives alongside or in place of conventional relief distributions of food and non-food items, and local procurement is being encouraged wherever possible....

2015

Cash Transfer and Community Resilience Programming in South Central Somalia

Blog Post

The Building Resilience in Central Somalia (BRCiS) attempts to provide immediate humanitarian assistance as well as developing longer term local capacity through a combination of locally adapted cash-for-work and unconditional cash transfers.

10 October 2014