The toughest places demand the boldest ideas and solutions. That’s why Mercy Corps established its focus on Social Innovations — to blend the best concepts and tools from the non-profit, public and private sectors with our deep knowledge of both the problems facing developing world communities and the context in which they face them.
Mercy Corps partners with creative thinkers from the private and public sectors to come up with innovative approaches. We take responsible risks, champion new ideas and scale up those that perform best. Many of our most dynamic ideas and most effective approaches come from the people we serve.
All stories about Innovations
Uganda: Strengthening our ability to promote stability February 8, 2010
"Intelligent Investing" with Mercy Corps December 23, 2009
Mercy Corps President Nancy Lindborg was recently interviewed by Steve Forbes about social entrepreneurship, microfinance and other topics.
Indonesia: Video: "My Child's Café" nourishes kids in North Jakarta December 11, 2009
We would like to thank those who have given online to Mercy Corps by posting this three-minute video of a program made possible by your donations: Healthy Street Foods in Jakarta.
A cultural bridge September 28, 2009
The city of Mitrovicë/a in Kosovo is very often described by the media as a city of trouble. The most beautiful bridge in the country — with the Ibar/Ibër River flowing beneath — divides this city in half.
Simple is sustainable July 20, 2009
Looking at the simple and inexpensive — yet powerful — ways to help on our Home page, I’m reminded how needlessly complicated humanitarian assistance can become.
A Pioneer in Social Innovations March 25, 2009
We believe that solving social problems in the developing world requires a blending of sustainable, entrepreneurial strategies with the deep knowledge of culture and context that comes from working alongside local communities each day.
Neal Keny-Guyer: Social Entrepreneurship at Mercy Corps December 1, 2007
Recently we sat down with Neal Keny-Guyer to talk about the agency’s long history with social entrepreneurship – and how he feels about winning Fast Company’s 2008 Social Capitalist Award.
Tom Keffer: The Global Urge to Succeed December 1, 2007
William Early: Education for the Global Economy December 1, 2007
William Early is a rare breed of social entrepreneur: a businessman and philanthropist whose contributions range well beyond donations.
United States: John Haines: Filling a Niche December 1, 2007
When Mohammad Yunus won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for championing small-scale lending to the world's poor, most U.S. microfinanciers probably took it as an affirmation of their own good works. Not John Haines.