The MERS Handbook

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In an effort to improve the capabilities and accountability of humanitarian and economic practitioners, the Small Enterprise Education and Promotion (SEEP) Network's Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (MERS) focus on minimum industry standards for facilitating economic recovery in crisis situations.

The handbook sets out strategies and interventions designed to improve income, cash flow, asset management, and growth among crisis-affected households and enterprises. These include financial services, productive assets, employment, and enterprise development. It emphasizes encouraging the re-start of enterprises and livelihoods strategies, and improving market productivity and governance.

The MERS standards do not address macroeconomic interventions to promote economic recovery, which are outside the purview of most international humanitarian agencies and tend to be undertaken by government and bilateral or multilateral organizations.

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