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An Industry Consensus on Minimum Standards for Economic Recovery Programs in Crisis Environments

Development of the Standards

The origins of the MERS are rooted in past crises, such as the Indian Ocean tsunami and the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and the increasing prevalence of prolonged complex emergencies, such as in Ethiopia and Afghanistan. These crises highlight the need for strategies that support the stabilization and/or re-emergence of enterprises as a source of income and employment for affected populations, and support the development and strengthening of institutions to support the stabilization and coping mechanisms of households to weather these crises. 

The SEEP Network received funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through the FIELD-Support LAW (Leader with Associates) mechanism to convene a task force to develop the first draft of economic recovery standards. Below is a timeline of events for the development of the Standards.

  1. September, 2007: SEEP hosts a workshop in Washington D.C. to launch the MERS process.
  2. Between 2008 and Early 2009: First edition of the MERS published.
  3. Beteeen 2009 and 2010: SEEP organizes regional consultations on the MERS in East Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, and Southeast Asia to test the standards in a field setting.
  4. June, 2010: SEEP reconvenes with contributors to review field test results. 
  5. Fall, 2010: Second edition of the MERS published.
  6. Spring, 2013: First training sessions of the MERS are held in Bangkok, Thailand.
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