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Bringing Market Thinking to Humanitarian Response: UK Launch of the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards 3rd Edition

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Impact Hub, 1st Floor New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket
London, United Kingdom SW1Y 4TE
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May 4, 2017 (Thu), 3:00pm-5:00pm (UK BST)


The SEEP Network is proud to collaborate with Oxfam on launching the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (MERS) 3rd Edition in London, UK on May 4th, 2017.

The Minimum Economic Recovery Standards -- or MERS Handbook -- represent an industry consensus on economic recovery for the humanitarian sector. The MERS have become well recognized and accepted as an industry standard providing tools and guidance to enhance the effectiveness of organizations working to support the economic recovery of crisis-affected populations. The standards highlight strategies designed to promote enterprise and market systems development, asset distribution, financial services, and employment in areas affected by conflict or disaster.

The third Edition of the MERS has been fully revised and redesigned and encompasses industry changes that have taken place in recent years. For over a year now, through a very broad consultative revision process spanning the globe, The SEEP Network has worked with over 175 leading practitioners from 90 organizations to revise the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (MERS). 

To download a free copy of the newly revised MERS, please visit mershandbook.org. If you would like to purchase a hard copy, please order from Practical Action Publishing

We look forward to having you at the Impact Hub Westminster in London on May 4th at 15:00 to learn more about the revised edition of the MERS, network with colleagues and hear from thought leaders, including:

Key Speaker, Dr. Kizzy GandySenior Advisor for Behavioural Insights Team, which started as the world's first government institution dedicated to the application of behavioural sciences. Dr. Gandy will introduce a framework for understanding behavioural economics and how it may be applied to humanitarian contexts and market programming to improve impact.

Martin McCannPresident of the Sphere Association, will speak briefly on the future direction of the Sphere Standards and the role of companion standards such as the MERS.

Karri Goeldner ByrneSteering Committee Member for MERS, will introduce the latest version of the Handbook and provide insight into the updates and changes that shape the new edition.

Katie Whitehouse, Global Advisor for Oxfam, will discuss how the MERS are being used in the field, highlighting practical examples from the WASH sector.

After the event, we hope that you will also join us for some informal networking at a nearby establishment--to give us a chance to keep the discussion going in a relaxed setting.




Dr. Kizzy Gandy, Behavioural Insights Team

Kizzy GandyKizzy Gandy is a Senior Advisor within Behavioural Insights Team’s international development team. She leads BIT’s work with the Department for International Development, European Commission and the Global Innovation Fund. She has also worked with Public Health England on healthy eating, and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on poverty in the UK. Formerly, she worked for the Australian Government’s foreign aid agency, AusAID, and later the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) as an Evaluation Manager.

Martin McCann, REDR UK

Martin McCannMartin McCann has over 30 years of experience in international development. For over a decade now, he has served as REDR UK’s CEO and formerly served as the Programme Director and Deputy international Executive Director for Plan International where he led the global introduction of the child centered community development approach and its new strategic directions.  He has worked for ITDG (now Practical Action) and was the founding Chair of the Hope for African Children Initiative. Martin is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the President of the Sphere Association. 

Karri Byrne, Independent Consultant

Karri ByrneMs. Byrne brings over 20 years of leadership and management experience, having overseen large, complex programs in some of the world’s most challenging environments.  She was previously Chief of Party on a $70m livestock market facilitation project in Ethiopia, and has worked extensively on programming related to job creation, financial inclusion, and private sector partnerships. As former USAID staff, she brings both donor and implementer perspectives to her work on adaptive management. Karri has played a significant role in bringing business thinking to humanitarian settings with her work on the development of the EMMA Toolkit and her long-standing commitment to the MERS Guidelines.

Katie Whitehouse, Oxfam

Katie WhitehouseKatie Whitehouse is a Global Advisor for Urban WASH & Markets in Oxfam's Global Humanitarian Team. She has been working for the past year on a multi-country project looking to incorporate market-based programming into humanitarian programme design. Previous to Oxfam, Katie worked in Kenya for 2 years on sanitation social enterprise development for the 'Reinvent the Toilet' programme and for nearly 6 years as a Strategy and Sustainability consultant with Accenture Consulting  and Accenture Development Partnerships in innovation and development working with major FTSE 500 companies, the World Economic Forum and pioneering mobile for development initiatives with GSMA Development Fund and Vodafone.


 This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of the American people through a grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA).

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