It is estimated that almost half of the world’s population, 3 billion people, live on less than $2.50 per day. The global economic crisis, conflict, natural disasters, and environmental impacts threaten the fragile livelihoods of these low-income earning populations. However, the world’s poor demonstrate impressive resiliency, coping strategies and entrepreneurial energy. Mercy Corps applies a market development approach to understand the complexities surrounding the poor and focuses on removing constraints to their participation in markets, offering a leverage point to turn challenges into opportunities.
Mercy Corps currently operates upwards of 30 market development projects in over 27 countries worth approximately $100 million dollars. These projects support at-risk communities to sustainably develop strong market systems that increase incomes and productivity while reducing the effects and risks of disaster or conflict.
Mercy Corps believes that partnership is critical to achieving deep impact, sustainability, and amplifying reach. We collaborate with a diverse range of partner agencies and institutions at all levels of the public, private and civil society sectors to address the global challenges that drive our work. See the list at the right for a few of our current international partners.
AttachmentsSector Approach: Economic and Market Development
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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.
Lebanon: South Lebanon Labor Market Assessment
Youth are currently the most under-employed group in Lebanon.
Lebanon: Value Chain Assessment in Bekaa Valley
With support from the European Union, Mercy Corps conducted a market value chain analysis in Bekaa Valley to inform a series of agriculture programming.
South Sudan: Analyzing Markets in Conflict-Affected Areas in South Sudan
Since conflict began in December 2013, South Sudan's local markets have been disrupted and food insecurity is dangerously on the ride. These Mercy Corps assessments identify where immediate assistance is needed to ensure people's survival.
Timor-Leste: Illuminating market systems development in fragile environments
This learning study looks at the challenges and lessons learned by Mercy Corps' Energy For All (E4A) program in Timor-Leste, which facilitated existing actors to build a sustainable market for solar energy products and clean cookstoves.
Uganda: What motivates women to buy?
Working with improved cookstove suppliers, distributors and retailers, we've devised scalable sales, marketing and financing strategies to ensure a product built for women reaches them.
Private sector engagement tool kit
Mercy Corps believes the private sector is one of the three key actors who contribute to our mission of building secure, productive and just communities.
Liberia: Economic impact of the Ebola crisis on select Liberian markets
The economic impact of the Ebola outbreak is affecting most Liberians. We assessed household food security and incomes, as well as local markets, to outline interventions that can prevent further deterioration and lay the groundwork for early recovery.
The world of work
Failure to address unemployment now will impact the global economy for years to come. Read about Mercy Corps' strategies, definitions and principles for finding local, sustainable solutions to widespread unemployment.
Uganda: Navigating complexity: Adaptive management in the Northern Karamoja Growth, Health & Governance program
Development actors increasing agree that managing programs adaptively – especially complex interventions – can improve their effectiveness. But what does adaptive management look like in practice?