Helping Humanitarian Organisations Respond to Emergencies

We’re pleased to announce that the suite of elearning materials we created in cooperation with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) are now available.

These elearning courses provide an introduction to EMMA (Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis), a stop-gap approach to assessing market systems in the early stages of an emergency when information, time and resources are often limited.

Markets play an important role in supplying jobs, services and essential goods such as tools, food, household items and fuel – things that become even more important in an emergency situation. If humanitarian workers have a good understanding of local market systems, they can support these systems during an emergency response.

Our suite of elearning gives people who haven’t had the chance to practice EMMA in-person, the opportunity to learn all about the EMMA approach to market analysis. Our training provides a solid understanding of why it’s so important to incorporate local market systems into an emergency response, before moving onto a detailed step-by-step walkthrough of how to perform an effective market assessment.

To give learners the opportunity to practice applying this new information, we designed a fictional emergency scenario, and then challenged the learner to perform an effective market assessment in this safe learning environment. This kind of scenario-based training helps to reinforce the information the learner has been given, and increases their chances of being able to apply it to real-life situations.

After completing our training, learners will be in a position where they can join an assessment team with a solid understanding of the work they’ll be performing, and why.

If you’re interested in learning about this vital part of emergency response, then the entire suite of training is available from the EMMA toolkit website.