The origins of the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards are rooted in past crises, such as the Indian Ocean tsunami and the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and the increasing prevalence of prolonged complex emergencies, such as in Ethiopia and Afghanistan. These crises highlight the need for strategies that 1) support the stabilization and/or re-emergence of enterprises as a sourceThe origins of the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards are rooted in past crises, such as the Indian Ocean tsunami and the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and the increasing prevalence of prolonged complex emergencies, such as in Ethiopia and Afghanistan. These crises highlight the need for strategies that 1) support the stabilization and/or re-emergence of enterprises as a source of income and employment for affected populations, and 2) support the development and strengthening of institutions to support the stabilization and coping mechanisms of households to weather these crises. The programmatic focus of the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards is on strategies and interventions designed to improve income, cash flow, asset management. These Standards were developed for practitioners experienced in humanitarian situations, but less familiar with economic recovery initiatives, or experienced in economic development, but unaccustomed to crisis environments, and those working in multiple sectors in crisis environments: health, education, infrastructure, or HIV and AIDS....
|Title||:||Minimum Economic Recovery Standards|
|Number of Pages||:||130 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The SEEP Minimum Economic Recovery Standards [free online here] are a set of technical standards for humanitarian aid programs to reduce and avoid negative impacts of aid on markets and livelihoods. They are meant to identify and intervene in aid projects that cause more economic harm than good. Common enough examples include buying out local vendors & causing inflation, flooding markets with the same goods impacted people are trying to sell, replacing lost assets with materials that don't work or don't work in the context, causing folks to abandon useful/necessary farm labor for overpaid but short-term Cash for Work projects, etc. There's a particular emphasis on implementing livelihoods (= programs designed to help people earn income or otherwise access the stuff you use income to buy, like growing food) and asset-transfer (= giving stuff) programming in humanitarian crises without overly distorting markets. The book is a pretty good read because it doesn't just state the standards, but instead discusses how and when they are applicable, including examples of best practices to consider and destructive practices to avoid. It's written to be a lesson in thoroughly assessed and analyzed, well-planned, and thoughtfully executed projects.The SEEP Minimum Economic Recovery Standards are an addendum to the Sphere Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response, which sets base-level practices for general aid programs (for example, don't further expose people to violence in the process of providing aid, like by distributing valuable goods in a place where recipients can be easily robbed after they leave), and specific minimums for different sectors (for example, the Water and Sanitation standards include how many toilets per person there must be in a refugee camp and water treatment guidelines).