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.
Asia is becoming an impact investing powerhouse, representing both the world’s fastest growing population of super wealthy and some of the world’s most challenging social and environmental problems. In South and Southeast Asia alone, impact investing is on track to surpass $100B in the next couple of years. Yet this growth is not uniform, with diverse markets presenting unique investment opportunities.
In Indonesia, investors are betting big on over 300,000 mission-focused, next-gen entrepreneurs, while in India, social innovation is driving a rush of funds to the space—an astounding $5.2B from 2010 to 2016. In the Philippines, a vibrant social entrepreneurship ecosystem is maturing alongside a fast growing economy, while in China, the pressure is on for tech giants Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent to spur financial inclusion and sustainable development. Join us for a webinar to learn about the opportunities emerging in Asia’s impact investing landscape, the latest trends in investor behavior, and exciting developments in innovative finance.