An Industry Consensus on Minimum Standards for Economic Recovery Programs in Crisis Environments
The Minimum Economic Recovery Standards webinar series will share lessons from the field and best practices in economic recovery and livelihoods programming in post-crisis environments. The series will look at efforts underway to provide alternative livelihoods and income opportunities to populations affected by crisis drawing from the experiences of our network of MERS practitioners around the world.
After Haiyan: Integrated Programming for Economic Recovery
This webinar focused on the experiences of SEEP member Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work in the Phillippines following Typhoon Haiyan. When Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in 2013, 5.6 million people lost their livelihoods and it was estimated that the impact on the local coconut industry was around $396 million. In the aftermath of this crisis, Catholic Relief Services’ recovery efforts included an agricultural livelihoods project that supported over 6,000 farmers and agricultural laborers previously dependent on the coconut industry. In the face of challenging market conditions, CRS’ integrated programming provided cash-for-assets as well as vouchers to purchase seeds, tools, and equipment. In addition to this direct support to beneficiaries, the program also provided indirect market support to local blacksmiths and other market opportunities for agricultural vendors. This integrated approach that combined cash-for-assets and access to agricultural inputs has allowed beneficiaries to earn income as well as link them with agro–input suppliers, thus putting them at the center of their own recovery.
This webinar explored the following questions:
- How did CRS catalyze income and employment opportunities for Haiyan-affected communities using market integrated programming?
- What market support was needed to restore market channels?
- What were the major challenges for market-integrated relief, in the early market-constrained context post-Haiyan?