Mercy Corps is a recognized leader in responding to disasters under some of the world’s most difficult conditions and has the immediate capacity to respond to the needs of existing IDPs, host communities, and returnees resulting from conflict or natural disaster. Mercy Corps interventions include emergency response to vulnerable populations and draw on our expertise in water and sanitation, early economic recovery, and disaster trauma support for children and adults. Aspects of emergency response programming also focus on increasing civil society capacity and good governance and often emphasize activities centered on the role of youth and conflict mitigation in communities.
Mercy Corps has a dedicated team that works to strengthen the agency's overall emergency response capacity by supporting on-going initiatives relating to training, the documentation of lessons learned, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and ongoing participation and coordination with colleague agencies through a variety of interagency working groups.
Mercy Corps helped communities recover from dozens of emergencies, including the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004; conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2006; the China earthquake and Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar in 2008; the Padang earthquake in 2009; the Kyrgyzstan conflict in 2010, the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the Japan earthquake and tsunami. As a result, Mercy Corps has become an acknowledged expert in disaster response strategies that address immediate humanitarian needs while also preparing communities for a sustainable recovery.
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DR Congo: Cheaper, faster, better? Cash assistance in emergencies November 14, 2014
There's a growing consensus that cash, rather than in-kind aid, is the best assistance to provide in an emergency. But which method is most expedient and cost-effective — electronic vouchers, mobile money or physical cash? Our study in the Democratic Republic of Congo found some surprising results.
DR Congo: Assessing the humanitarian response in North Kivu October 26, 2014
Despite large-scale international assistance, the DRC province of North Kivu remains in chronic crisis. Mercy Corps & partners undertook a case study to find out why — and how we must change our programming to be more effective, impactful and sustainable.
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Advancing Adolescence September 17, 2014
Adolescence is a critical time for young boys and girls, and within the Syria Crisis Response, they require specific and targeted programming that addresses their needs.
South Sudan: Beyond bandaids: Rebuilding market systems amidst catastrophe in South Sudan September 17, 2014
South Sudan cannot be saved by direct-delivery assistance alone. Market-based interventions are needed immediately in order to prevent a famine by January 2015 and lay the foundations for early recovery.
Japan: After the Japan Earthquake: NGO Survey June 13, 2014
Completed by Japan Platform approximately two years after the Great East Japan Earthquake this survey was conducted as part of the ‘Tomodachi NGO Leadership Program’ to evaluate the response of Jap
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.
Syria: Charting a new course: Re-thinking the Syrian refugee response December 16, 2013
This policy paper focuses on the refugee impact within host countries — particularly Jordan and Lebanon, where Mercy Corps implements the majority of our refugee response programs and is currently
Youth Programming in Transitional Environments September 20, 2013
Mercy Corps is working with nearly 3 million young people in some of the world’s toughest transitional environments – including Afghanistan, Somalia, Colombia and Yemen.