An Industry Consensus on Minimum Standards for Economic Recovery Programs in Crisis Environments
Read more about our two most recent MERS trainings, held in Dakar, Senegal and Beirut, Lebanon.
The MERS course is made up of two courses:
1. A two-day General Practitioner Training Course that provides a certificate of General Practitioner
2. A follow-on two-day Training of Trainers course (includes the two-day General Practitioner Training) and is a four-day course including training practice and certification process to become an accredited MERS trainer.
Minimum Economic Recovery Standards
When natural disasters, conflicts, or other crises occur, truly effective aid meets the immediate needs of the population while priming it for sustainable economic recovery. Developing common standards for doing so is a first step toward stronger and more scalable impact. This initiative represents an industry consensus on minimum standards for economic strengthening programs in crisis environments, which are detailed in the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (MERS), Second Edition.
The MERS articulate the minimum level of technical and other assistance to be provided in promoting the recovery of economies and livelihoods affected by crisis. The MERS has six technical areas that are interdependent on one another for providing comprehensive relief and humanitarian assistance. These standards offer tools for government departments, humanitarian agencies, inter-governmental organizations, and local populations 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. This website will elaboarate on some of the programs related to the standards and what you can do as a development professional to become involved and understand the standards and incorporate them into your own work.
Tony Dines is the Executive Director & owner of Look Them in the Eye, a consulting firm that provides coaching and training services for organizations and individuals. He has extensive experience in organizational development, management and coaching, and worked for many years himself as a senior manager in the international development and humanitarian sectors. He was instrumental in creating the training materials for the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards, including the certification process for the Training of Trainers. He helped develop the training materials for the USAID-funded Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis (EMMA) Toolkit and has trained people how to use it throughout the world.
Adam Clark is an accomplished trainer with a track record of assisting the international development and business sectors. He also helped develop the training materials for the USAID-funded EMMA Toolkit and trained over 200 people on how to use it in both English and French. As the Director at Look them in the Eye, he has led training workshops for organizations including Oxfam, International Rescue Committee, Save the Children, UN Development Programme, HelpAge International, and UNICEF among others. Adam worked for 12 years as a civil engineer, managing water supply projects in the UK, Algeria, Turkey and Australia.