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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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Executive Brief: Engaging with markets in humanitarian responses

Policy paper

In late 2012-early 2013, WFP and Oxfam collaborated on a piece of research that aimed to understand how humanitarian agencies are currently engaging with markets and how this work might evolve. The research culminated in the writing of this brief.

2013

Cash Transfer Programme Participatory Consultation, Feasibility and Market Readiness Study: Burmese refugee camps, Thailand border

Report

This report is a participatory consultation, cash feasibility and market readiness study of the Burmese refugee camps on the Thailand border. It is a rapid, snap shot guide as to whether the conditions in two contrasting camps out of the full nine camps are conducive to a switch from the current ration...

2013

Minimum Requirements for Market Analysis in Emergencies

Presentation

The ‘Minimum requirements for market analysis in emergencies’ report was presented in East Africa, West Africa and Washington DC in July 2013. This link shows the presentation that was used at the launch events. This resource is available for the community of practice for their use. Participants at...

2013

Cash Emergency Preparedness (CEP) Assessment: Myanmar

Policy paper

Cash transfer programming (CTP) in emergencies is not new in Myanmar, with the first examples going back at least to Cyclone Nargis in 2009. CTP has also been used in humanitarian settings such as Kachin State. However, CTP is not yet being widely used for the current conflict context in Rakhine State due...

2013

Impacts of Food Vouchers on Local Markets: Reflections from CRS’ experience in Niger

Report

In mid 2010, CRS-Niger designed and carried out a food voucher program to assist the most needy one-third of households in the departments of Ouallam and Tillabéri due to the poor harvest in 2009 (CRS, 2010). The ADVANCE project was implemented in collaboration with a local NGO partner Association pour...

May 2012

Market analysis in emergencies

Report

This study represents the first phase of a broader research to understand how to strengthen interventions by using market analysis and what is needed to conduct market analysis well. Despite the number of tools available and the amount of innovations in programme design, the humanitarian assistance...

2012

Humanitarian Exchange: Special feature. New learning in cash transfer programming

Report

The special feature of this issue of Humanitarian Exchange, co-edited with Sarah Bailey and Breanna Ridsdel, focuses on new learning in cash transfer programming. While cash is now an accepted tool, and is increasingly being used in humanitarian response, most programmes are small and gaps in analysis and...

2012

Cash transfer for protection of blanket feeding: Maradi and Tahoua regions

Report

The Project ‘Cash Transfer to Protect Blanket Feeding’ in Niger was launched by UNICEF in June 2010. The Project was a direct response to the growing evidence that blanket supplementary feeding rations distributed to children of 6 to 23 months of age in food insecure communities were consumed by older...

2012

An Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis study Changing Responses to the Haiti Earthquake

Report

Good practice standards guidelines and evaluations all emphasise the importance of including markets in emergency situation and response analysis. While this approach has become more widely accepted by international organisations in recent years, in practice it is clear that support is still needed to...

2012

How to Conduct a Trader Survey?

Guidelines and Tools

The purpose of this technical guidance sheet is to provide guidance to WFP Country Office and partner staff in conducting a simple trader survey with limited or no external technical support. For complex trader surveys, or in situations where local capacity is insufficient, experienced WFP staff in the...

2012