Economic Recovery and Market Systems

An ethnic Somali woman leads her camels to water at a well rehabilitated with USAID/OFDA support in Isiolo County, Kenya.
An ethnic Somali woman leads her camels to water at a well rehabilitated with USAID/OFDA support in Isiolo County, Kenya.
Laura Meissner, USAID/OFDA

Natural disasters and conflicts adversely affect local economies by destroying homes and businesses, damaging productive assets, and disrupting transportation and markets. To help communities resume economic activity and rebuild livelihoods, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) supports economic recovery and market systems (ERMS) in disaster-affected communities. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, USAID/OFDA provided nearly $42 million to support economic recovery activities in 23 countries throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as worldwide and regional interventions.

The third pillar of USAID/OFDA’s mandate is to reduce the economic impact of disasters. ERMS interventions strengthen key market systems and help populations restore livelihoods and purchasing power at the household, local, and regional levels. USAID/OFDA-supported economic recovery programs complement people’s own efforts to recover from a disaster and prevent reliance on continued humanitarian aid.

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Last updated: October 31, 2013

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