Be Prepared! Experiences in Pre-Crisis Market Mapping (Event Resources)

  • Date Posted: June 17, 2015
  • Authors: Emily Sloane, Emily Farr, Dina Brick
  • Document Types: Tool, Other
  • Donor Type: Non-US Government Agency

Value chain analysis has long been a fixture in economic development programming, but, in more recent years, market assessment tools have been adapted to the post-emergency context. Today, market analyses are a standard part of the humanitarian response to sudden-onset crises, but they can also be of benefit before crisis hits.

Launched in 2014, the Pre-Crisis Market Mapping and Analysis (PCMMA) guidance helps humanitarian and market development practitioners (1) map the functionality of critical market systems; (2) estimate the likely effect of a crisis on those markets; (3) determine whether markets can be used to deliver relief (i.e. through providing cash or vouchers or procuring items locally); and (4) help to inform risk mitigation measures. PCMMA was developed jointly by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Oxfam with the generous support of USAID/OFDA and ECHO.

This Microlinks Seminar featured experiences and on-the-ground learning using PCMMA from Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the IRC, and Oxfam. It is of interest both to market development practitioners as well as those working in the humanitarian response, disaster risk reduction, food security, and livelihoods spheres. Participants will leave with a better understanding of PCMMA and the potential benefits of employing it.