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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Mercy Corps' new research shines a light on the young refugees looking for hope and a new life.
The Voucher and Fair Implementation Guide
Vouchers are a type of cash transfer programming (CTP).
The Cash Transfer Programming Methodology Guide
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Syria: Adolescents inside Syria: No One Hears Us
In a new report addressing the needs of adolescents inside Syria, we found that adolescents dealing with the war face hopelessness and isolation. See our recommendations and download the report.
Remote Management Annotated Bibliography
This annotated bibliography provides an overview of literature related to remote management in humanitarian settings.
Philippines: Beyond Meeting Immediate Needs: The Impact of Electronic Cash Transfer Approaches on Disaster Recovery and Financial Inclusion
In January 2014, Mercy Corps launched the TabangKO ("my help") program to deliver emergency cash assistance to households affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
Jordan, Syria: Seeking Stability: Evidence on Strategies for Reducing Risk of Conflict in Northern Jordanian Communities Hosting Syrian Refugees
Despite the heightened attention to conflict in Jordan stemming from the Syrian refugee crisis, little evidence exists on which interventions are effective in mitigating the risk of violence and fu
Philippines: Do Financial Services Build Disaster Resilience?
In the wake of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), Mercy Corps focused on speeding households' economy recovery. This study analyzes whether access to formal financial products increases resilience to natural disasters.
DR Congo: Cheaper, faster, better? Cash assistance in emergencies
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.