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Through the engagement and commitment of our partners, MERS is supported, promoted, and scaled as a foundational resource for market systems development in communities affected by crises.

Mainstreaming Partners

Mainstreaming MERS partners are at the forefront of market aware programming, ensuring that the MERS are understood, valued, and applied at the institutional level.

Mainstreaming MERS partnerships are designed to support organizations to integrate MERS into organizational practices, promote uptake of MERs among technical sectors, and disseminate successful applications of MERS in a variety of contexts. The partnerships are also built on a model of sustained learning facilitated through a MERS opportunity analysis; a MERS workshop customized for the organization; and a cross-organizational peer learning network.

Mainstreaming Partners are champions of market-based programming and lead the way for creating systemic change in the way economic programs are designed, implemented, and evaluated.

UNHCR-Horizontal-2-e1381758183762.pngUNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. SEEP is partnering with UNHCR’s Economic Inclusion Unit to establish MERS as core guidance for livelihoods and economic inclusion programs.


Global Communities is an international non-profit organization that works closely with communities worldwide to bring about sustainable changes that improve the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable. SEEP is partnering with Global Communities' Humanitarian Assistance program to establish MERS as core guidance for livelihoods and economic inclusion programs.

 Quality and Accountability Partners


The MERS are a member of the Humanitarian Standards Partnership (HSP) which aims to improve the quality and accountability of humanitarian action through an increased application of humanitarian standards. The partnership is comprised of six standards initiatives, which in addition to the MERs include: Spherethe Child Protection Minimum Standardsthe Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standardsthe INEE Minimum Standards for Educationthe Minimum Standards for Market Analysis, and the Humanitarian Inclusion Standards for Older People and People With Disabilities.

Funding Partner


MERS is possible through the generous support of USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance. OFDA helps prepare for, respond to, and recover from humanitarian crises. OFDA also works with the international humanitarian community to give vulnerable populations resources to build resilience and strengthen their own ability to respond to emergencies.

MERS Technical Contributors

MERS 3rd Edition Contributors

The SEEP Network thanks the individuals and organizations for their time and expertise that helped shape the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards, 3rd Edition. Without their contributions, the MERS would not be possible. 


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