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Market Support in South Sudan: Building Long Term Resilience for Livelihoods

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International humanitarian agencies are increasingly aware that emergency responses must be designed with a sound understanding of key markets, or they risk undermining recovery by damaging livelihoods, jobs and businesses through prolonged dependence on outside assistance. Mercy Corps employs the Emergency Markets Mapping and Analysis (EMMA) tool to conduct market analyses in emergencies and make response recommendations based on the findings. This case study from the Abyei region on the border of North and South Sudan details the use and results of the June 2011 EMMA carried out by Mercy Corps and the Norwegian Refugee Council following the massive displacement of South Sudanese and ensuing food security crisis. This EMMA in South Sudan was the first time that a commodity based markets assessment had been carried out in the area, and it specifically looked at markets that could help rebuild livelihoods in the medium term, demonstrating how market-based interventions can build the strength and resilience of livelihoods and market systems in the longer term.

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