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.