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

MERS 3rd Edition Revision


 Where are we now?

The MERS 3rd Edition has been completed!!!

Click here to access the electronic version. The print version of the new handbook will be available shortly.

This could not have been possible without the engagement of more than 175 practitioners and leading experts representing over 90 organizations worldwide. These contributers have included national and international NGOs, UN agencies, researchers and academics and other humanitarian actors. They have all volunteered their time and expertise to revise the MERS.

WHat's next?

SEEP and partner organizations will be hosting a series of launch events in the coming months.

Don’t miss out on the MERS 3rd Edition Launch Event in Washington DC at the end of March! 

For those unable to attend the event in DC, we will be launching the new MERS in other locations (London and Geneva) and will also be present at industry events throughout the year! If you would like more information about the launch events or would like to host a MERS-related event within your organization, please contact programs@seepnetwork.org.

How we got here?

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.

The revision process then has included a series of regional consultations to ensure a broad consultative process. The following regional consultations hosted by the SEEP Network and partner organizations have engaged field practitioners 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
  • London, United Kingdom, November 4, 2016
  • Webinar - November 16, 2016 9:30am-12:30pm EST

 Following the regional global consultations, the various technical working groups, which were formed during the launch write-shop, worked collaboratively to read through all of the feedback from the different consultations to develop a First Draft for each of the sections. Subsequently, the SEEP Network hosted a mini write-shop convening the MERS Steering Committee and various technical experts to further refine each section of the First Draft. This First Draft was submitted to the MERS Steering Committee for approval in preparation for another round of feedback. This draft was also reviewed by a handful of leading experts in various fields (academia, gender, microfinance, etc..). All of this feedback helped the development of the Final Draft before publication and dissemination.


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 Handbook. Since 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. 


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