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Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems

Mar
30

Launch Event: Minimum Economic Recovery Standards 3rd Edition

Sponsored by  SEEP

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The Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) 1495 F St NW
Washington, DC, United States 20004
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Mar 30, 2017 (Thu), 9:30am-11:30am (US EST)


The SEEP Network is proud to launch the third edition of the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (MERS) in Washington DC on March 30th, 2017.

The Minimum Economic Recovery Standards -- or MERS Handbook -- articulates the minimum level of assistance needed to empower crisis-affected and vulnerable populations through strategies that support enterprises and markets to provide sustainable income and employment. 

The new, third edition of the MERS has been fully revised and redesigned and encompasses industry changes that have taken place in recent years, including the rise of cash transfer programming, advances in ICT and mobile banking, new tools for market analysis and monitoring, and a deeper understanding of pathways to support the resilience of communities.

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). 

The new edition will soon be available for order from  Practical Action Publishing. A PDF format of the MERS handbook will be available for free download shortly. 

We look forward to having you at The Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) on March 30th at 9:30am to learn more about the revised edition of the MERS, network with colleagues and hear from thought leaders! Breakfast and coffee will be provided.

Speakers

Laura Meissner, Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, USAID
 
Laura is the Economic Recovery and Markets Advisor for USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), where she provides guidance on assessing, mitigating, and repairing the effects of disasters on local markets and vulnerable populations’ livelihoods as well as on cash and voucher-based interventions. In her work at OFDA she has contributed to the disaster response and recovery in Syria, Iraq, the Horn of Africa, the Sahel, and the Philippines, 
 
Sarah Ward, Livelihoods and Economic Recovery in Crisis

Sarah is a post-conflict/post-disaster market systems specialist with more than 17 years technical experience adapting market development approaches to some of the world’s most challenging contexts. She is currently an independent consultant supporting economic resilience and recovery and recently the Technical Advisor for Enterprise Development at the International Rescue Committee as well as the Director of Market Development for Mercy Corps’.

 
Christopher Neu, Chief Operating Officer, TechChange
 

chrisTechChange provides online professional development in technology and social change for implementers in in public health, emergency response, and monitoring and evaluation. As chief operating officer with TechChange, Chris manages daily operations and works with clients and staff to design and implement innovative solutions for learning and dissemination in the field of humanitarian response. Chris worked at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) in the Centers of Innovation. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Chris has also worked with the Association of International Development Agencies (Ramallah), IFES during the 2006 Palestinian Elections, and the Center for the Study of Democracy. Chris holds an MA in Democracy and Governance from Georgetown University.

Dave Snowden, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge

Dave's work is international in nature and covers government and industry looking at complex issues relating to strategy, and organizational decision making. He has pioneered a science based approach to organizations drawing on anthropology, neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory. He is a popular and passionate keynote speaker on a range of subjects, and is well known for his pragmatic cynicism and iconoclastic style.


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