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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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The Case for Cash in Responding to Humanitarian Crises in Malawi

Policy paper

A policy paper by the Malawi INGO Cash Consortium which makes the case for cash assistance as a response modality to humanitarian crises. It gives a brief overview of global evidence for cash and previous cash experience in Malawi, and makes several key recommendations. One of these key recommendations is...

12 March 2020

Market Based Programming (MBP)

Guidelines and Tools

Market Based Programming (MBP) in Oxfam’s work means we always consider existing markets – through assessments, analysis and programming – across all phases of a response and across all technical sectors.

5 February 2020

South Sudan Joint Market Monitoring Initiative (JMMI)

Report

In an effort to better inform cash-based interventions and understand market dynamics in South Sudan, the Joint Market Monitoring Initiative (JMMI) was created by the South Sudan Cash Working Group (CWG) in August 2019. The initiative is guided by the JMMI Technical Working Group (JMMI-TWG), led by REACH...

23 January 2020

It’s Planning Season Again – What CVA actors need to know about changes to the Humanitarian Programme Cycle

Blog Post

This time last year we wrote a planning season call to arms, urging Cash Working Groups (CWGs) and Clusters to work together for better inclusion of cash and voucher assistance (CVA) in the Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP). Well planning season has rolled around again, this time with some significant...

30 August 2019

Guidance on Market Based Programming for Humanitarian WASH Practitioners

Guidelines and Tools

The purpose of this document is to provide practical guidance in preparedness, assessment, program design, implementation and monitoring related to Market-Based Programming (MBP) in humanitarian WASH assistance, and more specifically on: How to identify linkages between markets and WASH services &...

12 August 2019

A New Blueprint for the Future of Financial Assistance

Blog Post

Ahead of our workshop on the Future of Financial Assistance in Amman on 24 and 25 July, Paula Gil Baizan, independent expert and a member of the steering committee for CaLP’s Future of Financial Assistance work, encourages us to re-imagine the blueprint upon which we build the future of cash. CaLP is...

15 July 2019

Recommended transfer values for Cash and Vouchers Assistance in the 2019 drought response

Report

This brief provides an updated set of regional recommended transfer values based on the March 2019 MEB (the most updated MEB at the time of writing) and serves to provide guidance to the cash and voucher component of the 2019 drought response. The recommendations are directed at transfers for IPC phases 3...

May 2019

Market Assessment in Bandua, Inanjou and Buzi

Report

This report presents the outcome of an assessment in three markets following the impact of cyclone Idai. The overall objectives of the market assessment were to understand the functionality of the markets at the current stage and its ability to cater to the increased multi-sectoral needs if vouchers are...

April 2019

Cash Enthusiast’s Guide to Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week

Blog Post

The fifth Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW) will be held at the International Conference Centre (CICG) in Geneva, Switzerland from 4-8 February 2019.

1 February 2019

Mobilising cash and voucher assistance programmes: The case for mobile money

Guidelines and Tools

This report offers recommendations for both humanitarian organisations and mobile money service providers regarding the partnerships required to enable effective and efficient use of mobile money in humanitarian contexts.

2019