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Track 2: Leveraging Markets for Resilience in Fragile Environments

Fragile contexts characterized by weak governance, thin and aid-dependent markets, distortionary economic policies, and frequent exposure to a range of ecological, social and economic shocks create unique challenges for market systems development. Given the complexities of crises, strategies for building resilience must be tailored to the context, be it rapid or slow-onset crises, natural disasters, conflict, or forced migration. To respond effectively, humanitarian and development actors must continually adapt and pivot based on shifting circumstances. Similarly, the processes of innovative ideation – testing new or adapted solutions, and scaling those solutions – play a critical role in building resilience.

This track will focus on promising approaches that successfully use the potential of markets to build resilience in fragile settings. In this track, we will examine how public and private sector actors address systemic constraints that hinder access to and participation in markets. We will also explore how market engagement at the individual, household, and community level can build resilience for local populations and the local market system itself. Finally, we’ll learn how innovation, adaptation, shared value and social capital facilitate long term, durable solutions for resiliency.

  • How can humanitarian and development actors best collaborate with humanitarian coordination mechanisms such as cluster systems, cash-based working groups, and other systems to facilitate adoption of market programming?
  • What role do development actors have in fostering and scaling processes of innovation in collaboration with the private sector, government, donors and other actors?
  • Within the local ecosystem of market actors, how can we contribute to and facilitate shared value creation—where business solutions effectively address social concerns while generating economic or resilience benefits?
  • How can the public sector—including governments, state-owned enterprises, and public universities—be leveraged to support and develop market systems interventions that build resilience?
  • What are the unique challenges and solutions for applying market systems approaches to build resilience among vulnerable groups with diverse needs, such as forcibly displaced people, youth, people with disabilities, older people and others? 
  • In the context of prolonged crises, how can social capital among local actors be strengthened and leveraged to foster resilience?
  • What are the best ways to overcome challenges in bringing a market-based approach to places with widespread subsidies (from donor programs or governments) and other distortionary policies?
  • How can we work effectively with donors to layer and sequence funding in way that supports resilience?
  • How do we incentivize the uptake of successful market systems innovations by private sector actors outside of direct project intervention?
  • What practices should practitioners and other stakeholders adhere to in order to ‘do no harm’ when implementing market approaches in challenging contexts?
  • Interventions that successfully use market-based approaches to create strong linkages between humanitarian response and longer-term economic development programs
  • Examples/approaches for adapting market-based tools and assessments to protracted conflict settings
  • Studies, analyses and implications of leveraging social capital to mitigate risks and build resilience of local market systems
  • Strategies and tools that foster absorptive, adaptive, and transformative capacities within market systems
  • Evidence and examples that demonstrate how market systems innovations can be scaled up, even in fragile contexts
  • Success stories that show how market actors have --on their own accord-- taken up and scaled market innovations first introduced by humanitarian and development actors
  • Methodologies, tools and systems diagnostics for quickly identifying leverage points in fragile market systems
  • Discussions of how behavior change methodologies were used to improve resilience with specific groups or in specific areas
  • Examples and approaches for using shared value as a way to increase resilience
  • Examples of donors and implementers working together to shape humanitarian funding to complement and support future development programs and outcomes

We are currently accepting proposals from SEEP members for Peer Learning Sessions and abstracts for the Innovation Challenge. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2019. 


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