Markets in Crises

The Markets in Crises (MiC) Community of Practice is an online forum for sharing information and collaborating on all aspects of market awareness and engagement in pre-crisis, emergency and recovery contexts.

The MiC was created as an independent community to include a wide range of stakeholders engaged with markets in crisis environments, including NGOs, donors, academics, UN agencies and the private sector. MiC aims to facilitate links between those whose work focuses on crisis responses and those who are more concerned with longer term market functioning and development work.

Initial Areas of Focus

The MiC aims to create a broad platform for discussion and collaboration across a range of actors. For that reason, we do not promote one approach or tool over another or advocate for specific issues. The initial focus of the MiC is to:

  • Create space for mutual exchange, learning, and constructive feedback on market-related topics through the Dgroups platform;
  • Build a library of technical resources and support the dissemination of useful information to members;
  • Foster greater collaboration among organizations to improve market-sensitive programming in practice;
  • Expand members’ networks and create linkages for joint activities, research, and advocacy as members desire; and
  • Connect organizations and fora focused on one part of the humanitarian-response-to-development spectrum so that a broader market-based community is created.


In March 2013, a group of NGOs, UN agencies, donors and private sector actors interested in markets in emergencies came together to share their experiences in applying market-sensitive approaches to humanitarian programming. One of the key outputs of this learning event was the recognition of a need for a common platform for cross-agency discussion, sharing, and collaboration around markets.

A working group was then created,consisting of ICRC, Mercy Corps, Oxfam, Concern, Practical Action, CaLP, IRC, FAO, WFP, CRS, Save the Children, Action Against Hunger, and GFSC, to discuss how to move forward in establishing a Community of Practice (CoP) to continue the spirit of market-oriented collaboration founded at the learning event.

A second learning event was held in April 2014 to carry forward the priorities of the initial meeting and to come to consensus on the Community of Practice. Following a survey of all interested parties the MiC was officially created in February 2014 with a Board of Directors consisting of representatives from Action Against Hunger, the International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, ODI, and Oxfam.

In 2015, MiC board members helped to organize two additional learning events. The MiC Dgroup now has approximately 1200 members representing over 90 countries.

The Learning Event's resources can be accessed here







How to Join

The MiC is a community of practice open to anyone interested in markets, crises, market development and/or emergency response.

To join the MiC online community, and gain access to the library, please click here

You can also engage with the MiC community on Twitter: @MarketsinCrises.


Oxfam and WFP’s overview of the market-based programming spectrum

Comparative Table of Humanitarian Market Analysis Tools

Case Studies on Markets in Crises and Transitions

Report from the Markets and WaSH Learning Event

Integrating ICT into Emergency Market Assessments: Lessons Learned from the IRC’s PCMMA Pilot in Niger

Resources on Markets in crises

Market System Mapping Tools

Mobile Data Collection Tools