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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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Lessons Learnt from the Ebola Crisis in West Africa: a focus on Cash Transfer Programming

Report

Beyond opportunities for CTP to support communities’ economic recovery, restore livelihoods and address food insecurity generated by epidemics, what are CTP applications that can facilitate / strengthen / speed up response to epidemics? Those recommendations have been put together by the CALP Network...

2018

Review of Food for Peace Market-Based Emergency Food Assistance Programs: Jordan/Turkey Case Study Report

Report

Syria regional crisis: The response to the Syria regional crisis exemplifies the challenges and opportunities involved with delivering food assistance in a widespread, largely urban refugee and internally displaced persons (IDP) crisis affecting middle-income countries. This case study focuses on...

January 2018

Taking Market Analysis Beyond Theory: Practices that Facilitate the Use of Market Information in Humanitarian Programming

Guidelines and Tools

Although strong examples of emergency programming that considers and responds to local market dynamics are out there, they are relatively few in number, and there is no consolidated review of these programs to inform good practice. Under the Improving the Uptake of Market Analysis project, a...

2018

Review of Food for Peace Market-Based Emergency Food Assistance Programs: Kenya Case Study Report

Report

Kenya represents a country focused on building resilience through greater partnerships between USAID-Food for Peace (FFP) programs, other USAID-funded programs and local and national government. DESIGN: FFP MBEP in Kenya is a good example of connecting emergency and development programming and of...

January 2018

Market Support Interventions in Humanitarian Contexts – a Tip Sheet

Guidelines and Tools

This tip sheet defines what market support programming in humanitarian contexts is, and what it can look like in practice. It enables humanitarian practitioners to systematically consider market support interventions alongside other programme activities. The scope includes support interventions focusing...

2018

Review of Food for Peace Market-Based Emergency Food Assistance Programs: Sierra Leone Case Study Report

Report

Sierra Leone represents a remarkable experiment in market-based emergency programming using unconditional cash transfers and some conditional cash transfers Sierra Leone reflects the challenges of providing food assistance in the wake of a major infectious disease epidemic. Food insecurity increased due...

2018

Market-based Food Assistance in Guatemala: A Systematization of Experiences

Guidelines and Tools

In April 2017, at the request of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Food for Peace (FFP) in Guatemala, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Project Concern International (PCI) designed a process to gather and synthesize the experiences of food assistance...

2018

Review of Food for Peace Market-Based Emergency Food Assistance Programs: Zimbabwe Case Study Report

Report

Zimbabwe reflects the recent Southern African drought crisis during a period of a regional El Niño-related drought and a national cash crisis. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Food for Peace (FFP) funded a mix of programming between fiscal years 2011 and 2015,...

January 2018

Implementation Toolkit: Cash and Voucher Programming

Guidelines and Tools

This set of tools developed by PCI seeks to harmonize language and approaches for use by teams involved in the design and implementation of cash transfer programs and is not intended to be a complete guide for design and implementation. The tool box focuses on the crucial steps within the program cycle of...

2018

Response options analysis and planning for Fafan zone (Somali region, Ethiopia)

Guidelines and Tools

Between October 2017 and March 2018, the Consortium began the pilot in Ethiopia with the aim of providing technical and strategic support to country-based humanitarian organisations, enabling them to engage in collaborative assessments and decision making. Whilst the Consortium has not been conceived to...

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

Market Systems in Libya: Assessment of the Wheat Flour, Insulin, Tomato and Soap Supply Chains

Report

The Market Systems in Libya assessment aims to provide humanitarian organisations with a better understanding of market dynamics in Libya, information on key supply chains and how they have been impacted by ongoing conflict, and the necessary foundation to examine the potential of scaling up market and...

October 2017

UNHCR Multi-Sector Market Assessment (MSMA): Charcoal, water, low-income rental housing and core-relief items in Maiduguri, Jere and Konduga, Borno State, Nigeria

Report

To assess the capacity of markets to respond to cash based initiatives (CBI), including multi-purpose cash grants (MPG), the UNHCR Multi-Sector Market Assessment (MSMA) was piloted in Maiduguri Municipal Council (MMC), Jere and Konduga Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Borno State, Nigeria in July 2017....

October 2017

Libya Cash and Markets Working Group (CMWG) Advocacy and Communications Plan

Report

The Libya Cash & Markets Working Group (CMWG) Strategic Framework & 2017 Workplan outlines ‘communication and advocacy’ as a ‘deliverable’ for supporting ‘HC/HCT decision making’.
Throughout March & April 2017, the CMWG Steering Committee used a series of tools as part of a seven-step process...

August 2017

Supporting markets in emergencies. Scoping study

Report

A review of recent humanitarian interventions that support local markets in emergency contexts revealed a limited scope and breadth of this type of activity. While many agencies show good creativity and understanding of market systems in emergencies, most activities are in the form of small grants to...

May 2017