An Industry Consensus on Minimum Standards for Economic Recovery Programs in Crisis Environments
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About the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (MERS)
Over the course of three years, the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards were sponsored by SEEP and developed by joint efforts of more than 60 discrete agencies, with several hundred individuals contributing or providing feedback to the Standards. The MERS initiative represents an industry consensus on minimum standards for economic strengthening programs in crisis environments, which are detailed in the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards, Second Edition. In late 2011, the MERS was accepted as an official companion to the Sphere Project’s Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response.
The MERS articulates 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: Core Standards for Economic Recovery, Assessment and Analysis Standards, Financial Services, Productive Assets, Employment Creation, and Enterprise Development. 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 makes a significant difference in the lives of the people affected by crisis. In putting forth these standards, SEEP aims to improve the capabilities and accountability of humanitarian and economic practitioners.
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.
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.