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26 Apr 2017 description
report SEEP Network

Using the Standards

This resource is not a ‘how to’ for implementing economic programs in humanitarian contexts. Its intent is to provide the reader with guidance on what good programming looks like and what to consider when you are planning your activities.

You can read each section separately or in sequence. Each section contains cross-references to other chapters or sections that may also be relevant, because many of the Standards or actions are linked. Use the figure on page 1 to guide you.

14 Mar 2017 description
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This study discusses the potential role that Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) can play in disaster risk reduction activities and in mapping the disaster-related vulnerabilities of clients in order to assess opportunities for more effective disaster preparedness.

18 Nov 2016 description

Habitat for Humanity India (HFHI) has years of experience providing shelter in tandem with disaster response and risk reduction services. The increasing frequency and severity of disasters has stimulated HFHI to strengthen disaster preparedness in the communities they serve. As part of its disaster risk reduction solutions, HFHI is piloting a disaster insurance product to complement and enhance social security measures within its beneficiary communities.

14 Sep 2016 description
report SEEP Network

This case study examines an Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance’s (AKAM) client-centric model to microfinancing in Syria. While microfinance institutions cannot prevent crises, they can work effectively with communities to help them prepare for, mitigate, recover from and adapt to crises. As such, crisis management initiatives aimed at increasing client resiliency are an integral part of AKAM’s goal to ensure that services go beyond meeting the immediate economic needs of clients and contribute to overall improvement of quality of life.

03 Aug 2016 description

The seamless integration of disaster risk reduction into overall business planning means that, when disaster does strike, the company is well prepared to manage the impact and respond quickly. All of this helps fulfill Global Communities’ mission to build safer, more resilient communities.

The following report explores three innovative approaches used by Vitas Group and Global Communities to successfully grow the financial inclusion sector in the Middle East over the last 20 years, despite the region’s persistent political and economic instability:

30 Nov 2010 description
report SEEP Network

In an effort to improve the capabilities and accountability of humanitarian and economic practitioners, the SEEP (Small Enterprise Education and Promotion) Network's Minimum Economic Recovery Standards 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.

01 Jun 2009 description
report SEEP Network

In 2007, the "Advancing Microfinance for Post-Disaster Economic Reconstruction" (AMPER) project of ShoreBank International (SBI) conducted a household livelihood survey in the Pakistani Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) region, following the 2005 earthquake. This case study explores the challenges, successes, and lessons of this survey. Its primary objective is to highlight concrete examples of best practices in survey implementation in challenging environments for microfinance providers, as well as other development actors.

01 Jun 2009 description
report SEEP Network

The importance of market surveys and assessments is well known. But how can programs execute them efficiently and cost effectively, especially in challenging situations? This document outlines the key lessons learned for cost-effective implementation of a household livelihoods survey, drawn from the experience of a successful effort in earthquake-affected Pakistan.

01 Feb 2009 description
report SEEP Network

The programmatic focus of the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (ERS) is on strategies and interventions designed to promote enterprises, employment, and cash flow and asset management among affected enterprises and livelihoods. These include four distinct technical program areas: financial services, asset interventions, employment creation, and enterprise development. It emphasizes encouraging enterprises and livelihoods to restart or improve markets.