War tears at every fiber of society, but conflict doesn't have to be violent to harm communities. Mercy Corps works to help families rebuild after the destruction of war and engages citizens to find mutually beneficial solutions for change.
Especially in post-conflict settings, we facilitate collaboration between government officials and the people they serve, leading to more accountable and productive leadership. Addressing the root causes of conflict today can help avoid tomorrow's wars and other crises.
All stories about Conflict & Governance
DR Congo: Simple things can make the biggest difference in the DRC June 19, 2009
When asked by family or friends after a field visit, "How was your trip?" or "What's new in Africa?" I'm often guilty of giving oversimplified responses, though I realize our programs go way beyond "fine" and "interesting."
Pakistan: Displacement figure tops 3.5 million June 19, 2009
From the latest situation report submitted by our emergency-response team in Pakistan: Government of Pakistan figures show the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) has risen to an estimated 3.584 million.
Pakistan: Staff pitch in to help more kids in Pakistan June 19, 2009
DR Congo: A stove to save lives June 18, 2009
For 59-year-old Dafroza Baleberaho, building improved cookstoves isn’t just about preventing climate change, it’s about saving women’s lives.
DR Congo: Congo's "conflict charcoal" June 17, 2009
Most people have heard of conflict or "blood" diamonds, but fewer may be aware of conflict charcoal. The charcoal trade in Congo's North Kivu Province is primarily controlled by a long-standing rebel group. Much of the charcoal in Goma is produced from trees in Virunga National Park.
Sri Lanka: Providing clean water to Sri Lanka's displaced June 16, 2009
Hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans are still living in densely populated camps following last month's end to the island's 26-year civil war. Conditions in the camps are improving, but there's still not enough clean water and safe sanitation, according to the UN.
Pakistan: Updates from Pakistan June 11, 2009
Our team in Pakistan continues to distribute $45 vouchers for families living in schools, public buildings and makeshift camps to buy what they need. We distributed checks to 1,250 families on Saturday, as well as another 1,550 on Monday.
Iraq: From Kansas to Cairo June 5, 2009
Listening to President Obama's speech in Cairo yesterday, I was struck by how many themes resonated with what Mercy Corps is doing in the Middle East.
Pakistan: The human story of suffering is emerging from Pakistan... May 28, 2009
The human story of suffering is slowly emerging from the stories collected from hundreds of displaced people. They tell of enormous challenges and sacrifices for those who were trapped in the fighting, caught in the crossfire and struggling to survive.
Pakistan: IDP crisis worsens by the day May 27, 2009
The news coming in is not good. Thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) are still pouring out of parts of northern Pakistan where fighting is continuing between Taliban militants and military forces.