The toughest challenges demand the boldest ideas. That’s why Mercy Corps identifies self-sustaining, scalable business ideas that can break through cycles of poverty and deliver social benefit to millions of people in the developing world.
How we innovate
Mercy Corps tests ideas in the field, measures the results, and scales the most promising.
Mercy Corps’ 4,000 global team members
Our on-the-ground insight into how local markets and systems function gives us a deep understanding of the problems people face every day — and our teams are constantly generating promising new ideas to address them.
With support from our Social Ventures Team
With their expertise in business, finance, technology, product design and consumer insight, Mercy Corps’ Social Ventures team turns ideas into scalable businesses in emerging markets, acting like an internal incubation and acceleration lab.
And with you: Mercy Corps Social Venture Fund
Mercy Corps’ Social Venture Fund provides early-stage financing to build social businesses and drive them toward commercial viability. Supported through philanthropic donations, the Social Venture Fund advises and invests in Mercy Corps’ highest-potential emerging ventures — those that are able to demonstrate strong potential for financial sustainability, social impact and scale. Learn more and partner with us ▸
Innovations: Our track Record
Poverty. Hunger. Conflict. Mercy Corps sees the world’s toughest challenges as an invitation to bring big ideas and bold action together with local insight. But our goal is always the same: to strengthen families so they can build better lives.
What's possible when we think differently and pursue bold ideas? Our impact:
Stronger small businesses. Our specialized micro-insurance products and eight microfinance institutions have connected countless entrepreneurs with resources and expertise.
Bigger harvests. We bring together the right people — and technology — so farmers have the knowledge and tools they need to earn more.
Better family health. We make sure families have the products and information they need to stay healthy, whether it’s a microfranchise of mini health shops, or clean cookstoves and solar lanterns.
All stories about Innovations
Timor-Leste: Fish ponds bring hope to hard-working families October 1, 2014
As rice farmers cope with changing weather patterns, we're helping them build new sustainable sources of food and income.
Philippines: Smart design speeds recovery for Haiyan survivors May 6, 2014
Our partnership with IDEO.org and BanKO will create new financial products for families in the Philippines who have never had access to a bank.
Uganda: Making clean energy affordable far from the city October 30, 2013
Kerosene used for light and cooking is risky and costly. So why aren't families rushing to switch to fuel efficient cookstoves and solar units?
West Bank and Gaza: In the News: NPR's All Things Considered profiles Mercy Corps tech startups in Gaza October 17, 2013
Gaza is rich with educated youth but limited in job opportunities. We are working to develop Gaza as an innovative tech hub and support youth with startup dreams.
Indonesia: New initiative helps small businesses grow online September 24, 2013
Custom-Clouds will launch in Indonesia and offer affordable website services to connect entrepreneurs with an increasingly global economy.
Indonesia: New award for bringing mobile payments to rural farmers July 19, 2013
Visa's Innovation Grant will allow us to deepen our commitment to using technology to improve people's lives in some of the most remote communities in Indonesia.
Nepal: Testing the future of emergency assistance June 27, 2013
We’ve been part of the mobile money revolution for some time, and now our latest efforts are being tested in Nepal — one of the poorest countries in the world.
Quantifying impact: How data is changing the way we work June 25, 2013
What happens when the development world collides with Silicon Valley? New technologies allow us to collect data that refines our approach to solving even bigger global problems.
What do we mean by ‘Shared Value’? June 19, 2013
CEO Neal Keny-Guyer on the future of NGOs: If we're going to create enduring solutions to poverty, we've got to bring the right partners together to tackle today's toughest challenges.
Indonesia, Uganda, Zimbabwe: Agri-Fin Mobile program provides big benefits on small phones May 17, 2013
How Mercy Corps and local partners are bundling services on a unique mobile platform to help smallholder farmers boost their harvests and incomes.