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Engaging the Private Sector in Market Analysis After the Nepal Earthquakes

This paper outlines the experience of an established market development programme in the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal earthquakes in its attempts to provide analytical support to the private sector to analyse its impact, and engage with the aid community to help them to work with the private sector. It provides an overview of the programme and the context in which it was working prior to the emergency; the support provided to the private sector in analysing the impact on agricultural markets; and the programme’s attempts to help the aid industry to engage productively with the private sector in the delivery of aid and recovery of livelihoods. It offers lessons as to why this process was not smooth or entirely successful, and some recommendations to the aid community as to how to improve.

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