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UNHCR multi-sector market assessment toolkit

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has launched a new guide, Multi-sector Market Assessment: Companion Guide and Toolkit, to assist humanitarian aid workers in undertaking market assessments for multiple sectors in line with UNHCR’s basic needs approach.[1] The guide and toolkit provide step-by-step guidance and ready-to-use tools for conducting market assessments and market monitoring and can be used in conjunction with Operational Guidelines for Cash-Based Interventions in Displacement Settings[2], which considers market assessments as a vital pre-condition for the use of cash-based interventions.

The Companion Guide and Toolkit was initially piloted in Myanmar and Tanzania and will be used in Nigeria, in collaboration with the European Union (EU)-funded Enhanced Response Capacity (ERC) consortium working on multi-purpose cash grants and basic needs. The tool targets staff with basic technical knowledge of cash-based interventions and market data collection and is applicable in all operational contexts. It can be adapted for use by all humanitarian partners, including United Nations agencies, non-governmental organisations, development actors and civil society.  

The Companion Guide and Toolkit can be downloaded at http://www.unhcr.org/.

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UNHCR multi-sector market assessment toolkit. Field Exchange 55, July 2017. p65. www.ennonline.net/unhcrmultisectormarketassessmenttoolkit