Working Group on NFI practices
Global Shelter Cluster Meeting NFI WG Session: Markets, Modalities, and Approaches
Key Takeaways from the Session
Market monitoring is an essential part of planning and providing an evidence base for NFI response. Project proposals based on market monitoring results in more realistic project proposals for HRP, Somalia Humanitarian Fund and other programs, which saves time for implementation as partners do not have to revise upon starting the implementation of programs. COVID19 has caused some challenges in terms of doing in person verification with vendors, and additional reinforcement of capacities is needed.
In stable environments, market assessments can provide insights on how to design a strong shelter program that enables quality control, support to the supply chain, a shift to conventional shelter typologies (bamboo for emergency and transitional shelter and then shift to more durable materials due to lack of ability to treat bamboo), and to do quality cash and technical support programming.
Properly managed pipelines can help to support in the shelter response to overcome issues of quality and cost efficiency of items and support subnational cluster mechanisms in the operational coordination to reoccurring displacements. There is a need to contextualise kits even in protracted crises to better cater to the needs and feedback to beneficiaries and for more cost efficient response.
In severe crises, there is always a need to have contingency stock available in such contexts in Yemen, so in terms of availability of NFIs, the Cluster always needs to be prepared to deliver this life-saving assistance. Mapping of the capacity and knowing who is able to respond despite market access is key for the NFI response. This does not minimise the role of the market, but often when there are market shortages, the Cluster's priority is supplying the goods that are often missing in the market.