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 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. 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.
Over the last year, the revision process has engaged more than 150 practitioners and leading experts in revising the six sections of standards in MERS. Some of the contributers have included national and international NGOs, UN agencies, researchers and academics, and other humanitarian actors.
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 which will inform the development of the Final Draft before publication and dissemination.
As we embark on the last round of feedback, we continue to encourage practitioners to contribute to the process at this critical time. The SEEP Network will host several events during which practitioners will have the opportunity to provide feedback on changes that have occured thus far, and provide recommendations for formatting, language, and dissemination. The following events will take place:
- Webinar - November 16, 2016 9:30am-12:30pm EST
If you would like to know more about these upcoming revision events, or the revision process in general, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thus far, the revision process 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
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.