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.
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.