In providing any sort of assistance, humanitarian
actors need to analyse the markets for key goods to see how the disaster
has affected them. This is as necessary or food aid, shelter or seed provision
as it is for cash transfers. That said, there has tended to be greater
emphasis on the need for market analysis in cash-based programming, and
this is certainly crucial in judging whether cash is appropriate.
This Issue Paper explores the importance
of market analysis in the planning, delivery and management of cash responses.