A statement from Markets in Crises (MiC) about the COVID-19 global humanitarian and development crisis.
Using MiC's collective wisdom gained from previous crises the statement lists the short, medium and long term actions that are needed.
The statement also emphasises that now, more than ever, responses should be framed within a markets lens and follow Do No Harm principles. Humanitarian action at this time should not make it harder for traders to resume operations or for small businesses to reopen. Returning to conventional methods of aid delivery, such as internationally shipping and delivering in-kind food aid, will only serve to lengthen the impact of the economic crisis.
About Markets in Crises (MiC)
The Markets in Crises (MiC) Community of Practice was formed in 2013 to bring together a wide range of stakeholders engaged with markets in crisis environments (including NGOs, donors, academics, UN agencies, and the private sector) in order to create space for mutual exchange,
learning, and constructive feedback on market-related topics and to bridge the divide between the humanitarian response and development communities.