An Industry Consensus on Minimum Standards for Economic Recovery Programs in Crisis Environments
How to Host a Regional Consultation Workshop
The Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (MERS) articulate the minimum level of technical and other assistance to be provided in promoting the recovery of economies and livelihoods affected by crisis. In 2011 the MERS were recognized as a Companion Standard to the Sphere Handbook. The programmatic focus of MERS is on strategies and interventions designed to improve income, cash flow, asset management, and growth among crisis-affected households and enterprises. These include four distinct technical program areas: financial services, productive assets, employment, and enterprise development.
The MERS revision process for the Third Edition Handbook was launched during a writeshop in Washington, D.C. on January 27 and 28, 2016. During the workshop, a group of high-level experts came together to form technical working groups with the objective of updating, rewriting, and revising the Second Edition MERS Handbook.
What is a Member-Led Regional Consultation Workshop?
The Member Led Regional Consultation Workshops aim to solicit input and feedback from practitioners and end users of the MERS Handbook. Through member-led regional consultation workshops, we want to ensure that the updates and revisions to the handbook reflect current best practice and account for current challenges faced by program implementers in the field. We invite SEEP members to partner with us to jointly leverage resources and reach more practitioners through our consultative process.
MEMBER-LED REGIONAL CONSULTATIONS
In order to achieve a much broader consultative process we are inviting SEEP members to join us in this important effort by hosting a member led regional consultation workshop.
To organize or host a Member-Led Regional consultation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Expected Workshop Outputs
- Ensure that the revisions include perspectives from SEEP Members, primarily from direct field operations/program implementers;
- Capture lessons learned from recent market based programs in conflict or crisis situations;
- Incorporate important industry advances including cash based programming and digital payments;
- Spotlight the innovative work of SEEP member organizations.
Expectations and Level of Effort
Participants should be aware that they are expected to commit to work in the technical working groups beyond the initial workshop.
The Technical Working Groups are:
Foundational and Cross-Cutting Standards
Target Audience and Participation
- Participants representing a diversity of organizations;
- Field practitioners working on livelihoods, employment, or enterprise and market systems development programs in crisis environments.
Roles and Responsibilities
The SEEP Network will provide:
SEEP Members will commit to:
The industry has rapidly advanced since the Second Edition of the MERS Handbook was published in 2010. Learn more about the Third Edition revision process that launched in January, 2016.