Training opportunities

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Applying the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards Workshop Series: Beirut

Thursday, August 1, 2019 to Friday, August 2, 2019

The Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (MERS) articulate the minimum level of assistance required to support the economic recovery of vulnerable populations in the wake of crises. The MERS handbook offers tools and approaches that support practitioners, multi-lateral stakeholders, local market actors, governments and donors to support economic recovery through market-based response. The standards draw from the accumulated experience of the world’s leading humanitarian agencies and economic development practitioners. The third and most current edition of the MERS represents the expertise of over 90 organizations and 175 technical professionals.

Why Should I Enroll in This Workshop?

The MERS are an invaluable tool for designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating any type of program or activity that supports the economic recovery of individuals, businesses, and communities. As a member standard of the Humanitarian Standards Partnership, MERS are designed to promote humanitarian quality and accountability for and with people in crises. The MERS should be used:

  • By anyone planning or implementing economic or livelihood programs in a humanitarian context.
  • By operational staff procuring and/or providing large volumes of goods for a specific area (such as non-food items distributions) to understand how to avoid a negative impact on the market.
  • By practitioners working in technical sectors such as WASH or Shelter to benefit from applying MERS as means of linking assistance to local markets.
  • By donors, governments, private-sector actors, proposal writers, and evaluation staff as a resource for designing or reviewing project activities.

The workshop culminates in a hands-on learning lab, where you will have the opportunity to explore the use of MERS in practice – thus gaining useful skills and knowledge around how to apply MERS in various contexts.

Course Objectives:

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Communicate what the MERS are and how they could be used effectively to their peers.
  • Articulate the value of the MERS to their work with crisis-affected populations.
  • Recognize the relevance of the MERS for all types of market-based programming for relief, recovery, long-term development and resilience building across any sector.
  • Identify and use the most appropriate MERS in planning, implementing and evaluating intervention activities.


Early bird pricing ends 10 May 2019.