EXCITING UPDATE re: MiC resourcing and facilitation!

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Nov. 7, 2022, 3:18 p.m.

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Well recived, thank you.

It is great opportunity. Thank you again

Amelework Ayele

Nov. 7, 2022, 7:28 a.m.

Maha Hayek

Hi Emily,
Thank you so much for sharing the great news. So glad to see that IRC is taking this great role to secure our MiC and support the MERS relevant initiatives and so excited to see the upcoming activities.
I also would like to welcome the new facilitators Roger Dean, Sasha Muench and Alexa Swift-Reeves. It is amazing to have such rich experiences. Welcome and looking forward to working with you
Thanks and regards,

Nov. 4, 2022, 5:04 p.m.

Emily Sloane

Dear MiC CoP,

I'm writing to share some very exciting news with you. (Apologies in advance for the long email, but this is an important one that affects all of you!)

The MiC CoP once again has some dedicated resourcing! We are very grateful to USAID/BHA for agreeing to fund the IRC-led Securing the Markets in Crises Community of Practice project, which began on October 1st and which will run until September 30, 2023. The project aims to continue and build on several initiatives related to MiC and the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (MERS) that were formerly being supported by the SEEP Network. The MiC portion of this project involves the following four activity areas:

1. Finalizing and launching the MiC website - this website will serve as a public hub for the MiC CoP, offering key information, resources and guidance on market assessments and market-based programming in crisis contexts. It will offer much of the same information as the EMMA website, but with a broader scope, and will eventually replace the EMMA website.
2. Administering and facilitating the MiC CoP on the dgroups platform. This involves both back-end administrative work and outward facing efforts to engage a diverse range of MiC members in meaningful and useful discussions, and to expand the group's membership.
3. Supporting the MiC Advisory Committee (AC) to refine and implement a MiC learning agenda. As you may recall, the MiC AC put together an initial learning agenda last year, with input from many of you gathered through a member survey. The learning agenda to date has essentially been several topics that MiC members and the AC agreed were timely and relevant to the broader MiC community, around which different outputs, such as webinars, documents and in-person events are meant to be organized.
4. Leading a process to select a long-term host organization for the MiC CoP, and transitioning ownership of the MiC to this new host. IRC is intending to serve only as a temporary host for the CoP; along with the AC, we feel that ideally, a long-term host would be an organization focused on knowledge and learning and less on direct implementation. Our intention is to support a transparent and deliberate process to identify potential host organizations and to ultimately select one to host the group over the long term, and then to facilitate the transition to this new host.

We are very excited to introduce the three consultants who will be facilitating many of the above activities over the next couple of years: Roger Dean, Sasha Muench and Alexa Swift-Reeves.

* Roger Dean will be the lead facilitator of the CoP itself, so you'll likely be hearing from him quite a bit! Roger currently serves as the Global Lead for Market Systems at the Norwegian Refugee Council, a role in which he is spearheading the organization's efforts to increase uptake of market-based approaches in emergencies.
* Alexa Swift-Reeves recently turned to consulting after a long and accomplished career in Cash and Economic Recovery Programming at Mercy Corps, where she often served to develop linkages between the organization's emergency and development focused work. Alexa will be focused on supporting the Advisory Committee to implement its learning agenda.
* Sasha Muench has played a very important role in the MiC CoP since its creation - in fact, she was one of its founding members - and was the driving force behind our initial effort to pursue dedicated resources to support the CoP. She has also recently taken up consulting after many years on the development side of Markets work, including positions as the Senior Director of Markets, Economic Recovery and Growth at Mercy Corps, and more recently as the organization's Palestine Country Director. Sasha will be leading the effort to identify a new long-term host for MiC.

Finally, we'd like to recognize the considerable efforts of the MiC AC over the past year, despite very limited outside support and a lot of upheaval. They have done an incredible job of staying engaged and productive, organizing MiC sessions at this year's Market Systems Symposium, continuing to hold AC meetings and developing several fantastic new resources <https: markets-in-crisis="" scale="" www.fsnnetwork.org=""> (all of which are available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic): an explainer brief of the Market-Based Programming framework, a video entitled Understanding Market Based Programming, and (in collaboration with the Global Shelter Cluster) a guide to Market-Based Programming and Shelter in humanitarian and development responses. We are also grateful to SCALE, a USAID/BHA-funded initiative led by Mercy Corps, for offering temporary but extremely valuable support for facilitation and resource development over the past 10 months!

You will be hearing more from the new MiC facilitators soon. I hope you will join me in welcoming them on board, and I hope you share my excitement about this next phase in the journey of the MiC CoP.

Emily Sloane, Cash and Markets Technical Advisor
International Rescue Committee
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