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

MERS 3rd Edition Revision


The Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (MERS) are an industry consensus on economic recovery for the humanitarian sector and are recognized as a Companion Standard to the Sphere HandbookSince the Second Edition of the MERS Handbook was published in 2010, our industry has advanced rapidly. The rise of cash transfer programming, leaps forward in ICT and mobile banking, new tools for market analysis and monitoring, and a deepened understanding of pathways to support communities’ resilience, make it the right time for a revision of the MERS Handbook. 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.

We need the full participation and engagement of practitioners and leading experts to revise the six standards included in MERS. We welcome comments from national and international NGOs, UN agencies, researchers and academics, and other humanitarian actors. 

Regional Consultation Workshops

The revision process will include a series of regional consultations to ensure a broad consultative process. The following regional consultations hosted by the SEEP Network will engage field practitioner and technical experts, 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):

  • Geneva, Switzerland, April 26, 2016
  • Dakar, Senegal, May 11 and 12, 2016
  • Panama City, Panama, May 31, 2016
  • New Delhi, India, July 12 and 13, 2016 
  • Beirut, Lebanon, July 29, 2016 


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. Click here to learn how your organization can host a Member-Led Regional Consultation. 

Upcoming Member-Led Regional Consultations:

  • Johannesburg, South Africa, World Vision, May 31, 2016
  • Nairobi, Kenya, World Vision


To organize or host a Member-Led Regional consultation, please contact programs@seepnetwork.org

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