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The SHARPE programme in Ethiopia leverages grants to stimulate market system changes within host and refugee communities, aiming to integrate these groups into viable supply/value chains and enhance their economies.

This summary paper presents the key findings from a recent study commissioned by SHARPE and FCDO Ethiopia to examine:

  • how the programme has used public subsidies (grants) for private sector actors
  • how effective grants have been in catalysing the desired market system change
  • what lessons can be drawn for similar programmes operating in the context of protracted displacement and large refugee populations

The paper emphasises the importance of proactive engagement with the private sector, strategic support packaging, and a flexible, adaptive approach to programme implementation, providing valuable lessons for similar initiatives in contexts of protracted displacement.