Mercy Corps has responded to almost every global natural disaster in the last 20 years, including the Nepal earthquake, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Japan tsunami, the Haiti earthquake, the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, and the Indian Ocean 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.
Mercy Corps has the immediate capacity to respond to the needs of those affected by conflict or natural disaster through interventions that draw on our expertise in water and sanitation and early economic recovery. 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 capacity building, the documentation of lessons learned and ongoing participation and coordination with colleague agencies through a variety of interagency working groups.
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In 2015 the IRC and Mercy Corps joined forces to launch ADAPT (Analysis Driven Agile Programming Techniques) to research, innovate and field test adaptive management techniques for the sector.
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The Voucher and Fair Implementation Guide
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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.