Business-based solutions in humanitarian crises: Lessons from Zimbabwe

During 2016/17, a national liquidity crisis hit Zimbabwe which meant physical cash was scarce. At the same time, Zimbabwe was experiencing a food security humanitarian crisis following two consecutive droughts.

This paper describes how DFID and Crown Agents came up with an innovative market-based solution that supported the stabilisation of the grain markets, thus providing essential support to CARE’s and Worldvision’s large-scale humanitarian cash-based response.

  • Countries: Zimbabwe
  • Co-authors: Crown Agents
  • Published: November 2018

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