Mercy Corps works almost exclusively in high-risk conflict and post-conflict environments. We currently have programs in more than 40 countries; the vast majority of these (73 percent) fall into the category of fragile or critically weak states. In addition, more than 92 percent of the places where we work are considered to be at a high or moderately high risk of instability. While we recognize that these are difficult places to operate, we believe that transitional environments — countries affected by civil wars, economic and political crisis, or natural disasters — also offer tremendous opportunities for positive change.
Violent conflict takes a terrible toll on developing countries. It destroys infrastructure, disrupts trade, distorts markets and can reverse decades of development. Conflict-affected nations suffer severe refugee crises and population loss.
There are now around 26 million internally-displaced persons and more than 42 million refugees worldwide, most of whom are fleeing from violence. Generations of children have grown up believing that violence is the only way to find a job, to find meaning or to simply stay alive. These destabilizing elements combine to create ‘conflict traps’ that keep countries in cycles of violence for decades.
Helping people find ways to break the cycle of violence and promote peaceful change is at the heart of Mercy Corps’ mandate. We believe that — given the right tools, skills and support — people are eager to understand the complex tensions and challenges they face and to address them in a way that promotes both peace and development. We currently implement 34 peacebuilding programs in some of the world’s toughest places, including Iraq, Somalia, Sudan and Nepal.
Our current work builds on an exceptionally strong historical foundation. Since the late 1990s, Mercy Corps has implemented more than 95 peacebuilding programs in over 30 countries and regions, making Mercy Corps a true leader in the field.
To learn how we help people leverage the benefits of conflict management, take a look at the following information:
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South Sudan: South Sudan, Through Youth’s Eyes August 21, 2014
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Kenya, Liberia, Uganda, Zimbabwe: Why Youth Fight August 1, 2014
Whether as victims or perpetrators, youth are often at the center of violent disputes.
Myanmar: Visibility versus Vulnerability July 30, 2014
Change is taking place in Myanmar.
Myanmar: Intercommunal Violence in Myanmar June 5, 2014
Myanmar’s continuing economic and political transition, along with a history of complex religious and ethnic disputes, has led to increased intercommunal tensions and violence.
Myanmar: Socio-Economic Analysis of Kayah State in Myanmar May 27, 2014
In March - June 2013, a consortium involving Mercy Corps and four other INGO and NGO partners conducted a socio-economic analysis of Kayah State in Myanmar with funding from the European Union.
Lebanon: The Role of Municipalities in the Syria Refugee Crisis March 27, 2014
Mercy Corps, with funding from the British Embassy in Beirut, conducted extensive assessments of 12 municipalities in Lebanon's "hot spots" to better understand how municipalities are responding to
Lebanon: Political, Economic and Social Instability in Lebanon March 10, 2014
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Jordan: Tapped Out: Water scarcity and refugee pressures in Jordan March 9, 2014
Jordan, one of the world’s driest countries, is dumping much of its water into the sand. This new report outlines urgent needs and key recommendations to guide immediate and long-term interventions.
Uganda: The Conflict Management System in Karamoja: An Assessment of Strengths and Weaknesses May 7, 2013
"The Conflict Management System in Karamoja: An assessment of strengths and weaknesses” (April 2013) explores the effectiveness of the conflict management system in northern Uganda’s remote Karamoj
Ethiopia: Coping with Drought in Ethiopia by Building Peace March 5, 2012
Promoting resilience has gained attention in the wake of the recent drought in the Horn of Africa.