Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems
MERS the Third, Here at Last: Virtual Launch of the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards 3rd Edition
The Minimum Economic Recovery Standards, also known as the MERS Handbook, offer tools for humanitarian agencies, inter-governmental organizations, local populations and government departments to enhance the effectiveness and quality of the economic assistance offered, and thus make a significant difference in the lives of the people affected by disasters.
The third edition of the MERS has been fully revised and redesigned. This new edition 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).
Join us for a very exciting webinar to find out more about the MERS 3rd Edition! This webinar will be moderated by Sarah Ward, the Lead Technical Facilitator for the revision process, and will serve as an opportunity for you to find out more about:
- The history of MERS, the revision process, and where we're at now
- What the MERS are and a quick look inside the standards
- How to apply the standards to your work
- Upcoming opportunities to get involved with the MERS
Sarah Ward, Lead Technical Facilitator, MERS 3rd Edition Revision
Sarah Ward is a post-conflict and economic development specialist with more than 17 years of experience in program design and management, evaluation and technical support. Strong training abilities and technical capacity in key approaches including resilience, cash-based programming, inclusive market system support and financial inclusion. 10 years directly implementing large-scale development and relief programs. She has experience with government ministries and INGOs, nationally and internationally. She was recently the Enterprise Development Technical Advisor for the IRC. Previously Director of Market Development for Mercy Corps’ technical support unit, country program coordinator for IRC’s Guinea program, the economic technical lead for a multi-sector USAID livelihood initiative in Sierra Leone and sector coordinator for the American Refugee Committee’s Income Generation Programs in West Africa. Launched Junior Achievement, a national youth development and education program teaching entrepreneurial and business skills, in Benin, West Africa. Extensive global international experience. Fluent in French and proficient in Spanish. Former small business owner.