Post‐war recovery and the role of markets: policy insights from six years of research

Richard Mallett and Adam Pain

Organisation: SLRC

Date: 02/05/2018

Full summary

Markets and private sector development are considered central to the recovery of economies and people’s livelihoods after conflict. But the specific ways in which they shape this process, and the question of how governments and development partners might best support market resuscitation, are patchily evidenced and poorly understood.


As part of SLRC’s broad agenda of livelihoods research from 2011 to 2017, the Consortium undertook a specific investigation of the role that markets, and people’s engagement with them, play in processes of post‐conflict livelihood recovery, ultimately with a view to informing policies and programmes that are fit for purpose.


This Policy Insights paper summarises the main findings and policy recommendations emerging from a synthesis of the Consortium’s market studies, drawing also on key evidence and insights from the wider literature. The paper can be accessed here.