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The Market Learning Event had the following aim:
To promote the appropriate use of market analysis and market based programming in humanitarian contexts through the consideration of the current and potential engagement with markets. The event set out to answer the following questions:
What are we doing today in relation to humanitarian programming and research?
What should we be aiming for?
What have we learnt in terms of challenges and solutions?
What do we need to do now and what is the priority?
The event combined presentations on experience and learning in assessment, analysis and response in relation to markets (see Agenda in Annex 1 for topics) in both the humanitarian and development sector, with working group discussions to explore gaps in knowledge and practices, and outline possible solutions for addressing these. While the learning had a clear humanitarian focus, the event aimed to explore developmental and private sector practices and knowledge, to allow for broadened learning and different approaches that could feed in and support the further development of humanitarian engagements.