Before, during and after a crisis - people rely on markets for essential items and services. Oxfam believes in understanding market dynamics in our emergency work. We use this knowledge to inform our programming.
Our approach to Market Based Programming (MBP) in humanitarian work is to use, support and develop local markets. We do this across all phases of a response by systematically including market assessments, analysis and programming.
Oxfam delivers immediate aid through market structures wherever possible. At the same time, we aim to support and strengthen markets more generally by assisting in the development of enterprise and financial services, or by rehabilitating infrastructure. This can include:
- giving cash grants
- in-kind distributions via local markets (such as food aid)
- vouchers for water trucking or solar lights
- training for women's cooperatives
Working closely with traders and other market actors helps us to strengthen local economies and ensure sustainable responses.
Learn more: Market-Based Programming: What's it all about? (available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic)