Research, and Learning (MERL)
At Sayara International, we believe that effective MERL is essential for the credibility of humanitarian and development actors, helping them remain accountable to their donors and the people they serve. Leveraging our local networks and innovative technologies, we develop systems that allow our partners to manage their resources for maximum impact in the field.
Sayara has extensive experience incorporating MERL throughout program cycles and promotes the use of Collaborative, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) approaches. We seek to design programming that reflects the complexity of the environment in which it is implemented, be that a refugee camp, conflict zone, underserved rural community, or developing capital city.
Our MERL team creates systems, methods, and tools that accommodate the frameworks of our partners (such as DFID, USAID, the EU, and UN agencies), while focusing on producing actionable evidence that will directly inform decision-making.
During the past ten years, Sayara has delivered over 80 MERL projects in a wide range of sectors. These projects have included collecting verification data with mobile technologies to measure the efficiency of humanitarian response in formal and informal settlements in Lebanon; building the architecture of an information-management system to better respond to the migrant crisis in Eastern Africa; and evaluating various child protection, education, and public health programs in Afghanistan.