Market Assessment in Refugee Areas: Pakelle, Rhino Camp and Kiryandongo Settlements, April 2014


Executive Summary

In March/April 2014, the Assessments Monitoring and Evaluation (AME) unit carried out a market assessment in refugee areas on behalf of the Emergency Humanitarian Assistance (EHA) sub unit as a baseline for future monthly market monitoring and price data collection to guide the implementation of cash transfers. The following are the key recommendations from the assessment:

  1. Therefore a total of eight markers should be monitored on a monthly basis by WFP field monitors in the respective settlements. Four markets in Adjumani/Pakelle settlement and these include: Adjumani main market, Pakelle market, Nyumanzi market and Mungula market. In Arua/Rhino Camp settlement, three markets i.e. Odubu Market, bandili market and Kamukamu market. In Kiryandongo settlement, one key market of Bweyale.

  2. Compared to the transfer value calculated using projected prices for proxy markets around refugee areas the transfer value calculated using actual April 2014 price data collected during the assessments shows a higher difference of 8% on 50% ration and 1% on 100% ration. Since the difference is not above 10%, it is recommended that the planned transfer value is still relevant and applicable.

  3. Although the supply of some food basket commodities is low, the major reasons given were the free distribution of these commodities by WFP/UNHCR and low purchasing power by refugees. So, a cash transfer could boost their purchasing power hence stimulate supply of different food commodities on market. And since it’s only a few households that have accepted to pilot the cash transfer programme, no significant market distortion is expected and therefore the programme should proceed as planned.