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MERS Capacity Building and Training in Myanmar initiates as new president is announced

MERS Myanmar 2016

First MERS Training in Myanmar Coincides with Presidential Election

“On the same day that the first democratically elected president of Myanmar, U Htin Kyaw, was announced, 11 staff working for local NGOs were the first in the country to be accredited as MERS General Practitioners. They are now well placed to ensure the quality and accountability of economic recovery programs in the country,” stated Adam Clark, MERS master trainer.

From March 14 to March 17, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the SEEP Network and Relief International, completed the first Training of Trainers (TOT) course on the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (MERS) in Yangon, Myanmar. This is the first of a series of training courses that will take place during March 2016 as part of the MERS Capacity Building and Training Project, funded by the UNDP in Myanmar. This initiative was spearheaded by MERS Steering Committee member Joseph Mariampillai, Country Director of Relief International in Myanmar. It is part of the UNDP Early Recovery Cluster’s international effort to mainstream economic recovery into humanitarian response programming.   The MERS training and capacity building program includes four training courses, including one Trainer of Trainers course in Yangon.  The Yangon TOT course will certify and accredit a group of skilled trainers who will then go on to deliver additional MERS general practitioner courses in Myiykina and Sittwe under the supervision of MERS master trainers Tony Dines and Adam Clark, who also ran the Yangon ToT.

For years Myanmar has been facing protracted humanitarian crises in Kachin State and Northern Shan and Rakhine. In Rakhine, around 139,000 people have been displaced since 2012 as a result of inter-communal violence. In Kachin and Northern Shan, more than 100,000 people remain displaced due to on-going armed conflict between the armed forces of the Government of the Union of Myanmar and ethnic armed groups.  The country is also prone to natural disasters, such as floods and landslides, including cyclones and typhoons. This Capacity Building and Training Program aims to build national capacity on the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (MERS) so that country staff are prepared, especially during emergency phases, to promote economic recovery, ensuring that affected populations can quickly gain access to employment and economic opportunities in the wake of a crisis.
Following the training program this group of MERS practitioners and trainers will actively engage with the global community of practice in the ongoing revision process for the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards, Third Edition handbook.  

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