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Economic Recovery Standards (Discussion Transcript)

Institutional Sponsor: 
United States Agency for International Development
Publication date: 
Thursday, September 25, 2008

This is the Summary of the Speakers Corner #27: Economic Recovery Standards that took place on September 23-25, 2008.

26 million people worldwide are currently displaced by conflict or disaster. Increasingly, practitioners and donors responding to crises are recognizing the need to not only provide immediate services in terms of shelter, water, food, and health care, but also rapid, tailored support to affected livelihoods, enterprises, and economies.

This Speakers Corner discussed a study conducted by the SEEP Network (practitioner-based initiative to develop minimum standards for such economic recovery programs in crisis-affected environments). Over 25 international organizations that participated in this effort included Care, Mercy Corps, ShoreBank, World Vision, Banyan Global, FINCA, and J.E. Austin. The Economic Recovery Standards were based on the Sphere Handbook for Humanitarian Relief, which is widely recognized among the international disaster and crisis response community for providing guidance on the minimum quality of actions expected in humanitarian responses in crisis-affected areas.