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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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Introductory Research on the Feasibility of Cash and Voucher Assistance in Rural Fiji

Report

This report presents the findings of a study into the general feasibility of using Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) in responding to disasters in Fiji. The term “Cash and Voucher Assistance” or CVA, is used in the report in line with the the CALP Network definition, so it refers to programs where...

2019

Cash for Shelter in Kenya – A Field Experience

Report

A study of a cash for shelter project in Kalobeyei that highlights how UNHCR uses cash assistance to help the refugees to transition to more durable solutions, in this case, integration with the host community. The project presents a paradigm shift from the traditional refugee camp planning process.

December 2018

Standards on Cash and Markets: Time to raise the bar

Blog Post

Humanitarian action is changing fast, and an updated set of shared standards will be crucial in upholding quality among a new generation of responders.  The launch of the new Sphere Handbook on November 6th represents the most comprehensive effort to date review the humanitarian standards, to keep...

20 November 2018

Basic Needs Assessment Guidance and Toolbox Part 1: Background and Concepts

Guidelines and Tools

This document covers humanitarian aid activities implemented with the financial assistance of the European Union. The view expressed herein should not be taken, in any way, to reflect the official opinion of the European Union and the European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of...

5 September 2018

Kenya Enhanced Market Analysis

Report

Between May and July 2018, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) carried out an Enhanced Market Analysis (EMA) in Turkana, Marsabit, Isiolo, Baringo, Samburu, and Kitui counties, Kenya. Following the scope of work, the assessment covered five broad themes: (1) households’ access to food...

3 September 2018

New Markets Support Tip Sheet and Webinar

Blog Post

Have you heard about market support programming but don’t quite understand what it is or how to put it into practice? The CALP Network has developed a tip sheet with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and our Markets Working Group, and will share tips and tricks from the community of practice in a launch...

5 July 2018

Micro-level changes in market recovery and growth: The Ebola CTP experience

Webinar recording

Following our Ebola dissemination event in Dakar, the CALP Network hosted a webinar looking at the micro level effects of cash transfers on local economies during the Ebola crisis. Listen to the recording here.

17 May 2018

ERC Learning Event: Scaling up our tools and approaches for multi-purpose cash grants

Blog Post

Watch the videos and read the recommendations from the ERC MPG Consortium event in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

1 May 2018

East and West Haraghe Multi-Sector Cash Based Response Guidance Note

Guidelines and Tools

Multi-sector cash assistance for IDPs in East and West Haraghe zones of Oromia region has been proposed as unrestricted cash transfers to conflict IDP recipients to meet their basic needs with flexibility and choice. Where the use of cash is feasible, unrestricted cash transfers can be implemented in...

May 2018

Market Information Framework

Guidelines and Tools

The Market Information Framework aims to clearly spell out the most common questions related to humanitarian programming for which market information is needed and to indicate what types of market-related data are needed to answer each of these questions. It explains why various types of market...

May 2018

Multi-Sector Market Assessment Fafan Zone, Ethiopia

Report

This report covers the findings of the Multi-Sector Market Assessment (MSMA) conducted in Fafan Zone, Ethiopia in February and March 2018. The assignment formed part of the ERC-MPG Consortium on Approaches to Transformative Humanitarian Cash Transfer programming and is intended to support joint,...

February 2018

Cash and Markets Working Group Strategic Workshop Report – Libya

Report

On the 6th and 7th of February 2018, a two days meeting opened to the members of the CMWG, Sector Leads, World Bank, UNSMIL, OCHA and Donors was held in Tunis to review the achievements, gaps and challenges of cash programing and articulate the 2018 humanitarian Cash Strategy for Libya. Supported by a...

February 2018

Mozambique Rapid Market Assessment

Report

Mozambique is a country prone to natural disasters, most markedly floods, cyclones, pest and disease outbreaks and frequent droughts. These regularly exacerbate the underlying poverty and food security situation and cause major damage and set back economic growth in disaster-affected areas. Meteorological...

2018

Basic Needs Assessment Guidance & Toolbox Part 2: How-to Guide & Tools

Guidelines and Tools

This How-to Guide is Part 2 of the BNA Guidance & Toolbox, with Part 1 describing the background and concepts underpinning the BNA approach.
The How-to Guide describes the sequence of practical steps necessary to ensure a successful BNA during emergencies, from initiation of the BNA up to reporting and...

2018

Reviewing the Linkages between Gender, Market Assessments and Market-based Interventions

Report

From ‘Collected Papers on Gender and Cash Transfer Programmes in Humanitarian Contexts’. Existing gender inequalities mean that disasters and conflicts impact women, men, girls and boys differently. Cash based assistance is one of the most significant developments in humanitarian assistance in recent...

2018

Lessons Learnt and Recommendations for Cash-for-Shelter Programmes in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Report

This document provides an overview of how cash and voucher assistance is being used by shelter partners in DRC and details the lessons learnt to-date. It goes on to put forward recommendations and opportunities to strengthen cash and market-based programming in the shelter/housing sector there. An...

2018

Review of Food for Peace Market-Based Emergency Food Assistance Programs Global Report

Report

Efficient and effective use of humanitarian funds is critical to meet the emergency needs of as many people as possible, especially as emergencies in developing countries have become more numerous, complex, and protracted. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Food for...

2018

Review of Food for Peace Market-Based Emergency Food Assistance Programs: Democratic Republic of Congo Case Study Report

Report

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) case illustrates the complexity and diversity of contexts within which program design and implementation occurs. It highlights the need for provincial-scale assessments, local market monitoring, and flexibility to pivot to different modalities depending on changing...

January 2018