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.
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Financial Inclusion: Mercy Corps' Approach and Capacity
Globally there are over 2.5 billion people who are excluded or underserved by financial systems.
Japan: Small Business Recovery Program Evaluation
In response to the March 2011 Great East Earthquake and Tsunami, Mercy Corps formed a unique partnership between PlaNet Finance Japan, Shinkin Central Bank, and Kesennuma Shinkin Bank to reinforce
Yemen: Promoting Youth Employment in Yemen
Young people in Yemen face extreme challenges in improving their economic situation.
Nigeria: Adolescent Girls in Northern Nigeria: Financial Inclusion and Entrepreneurship Opportunities
Adolescent Girls in Northern Nigeria: Financial Inclusion and Entrepreneurship Opportunities Profile profiled 1,800 adolescent girls (ages 15 to 19) and private sector actors across the northern Ni
Niger: Tracking Resilience in Niger
This post-project independent evaluation of Mercy Corps' Market Improvements and Innovative Linkages (MILK) program in Niger tracks resilience outcomes among program participants from the completio
South Sudan: Market Support in South Sudan: Building Long Term Resilience for Livelihoods
International humanitarian agencies are increasingly aware that emergency responses must be designed with a sound understanding of key markets, or they risk undermining recovery by damaging livelih
Kenya: Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis (EMMA) in Wajir County, Kenya
Mercy Corps conducted an adapted Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis (EMMA) assessment in Wajir County of Kenya from 2-6 August 2011.
Georgia: Creating a Sustainable Market
Changing the livestock system in Georgia to benefit small-scale farmers.
Kyrgyzstan: A Market-Integrated Response to an Emergency in Kyrgyzstan
In an article published on the Humanitarian Practice Network, Mercy Corps' Robin Currey, Meghan Neumann, and Patrick Eckford detail market-integrated emergency response in the post-conflict provinc
ICT Business Development
The research examines the intersection of Palestinian Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector capabilities with demands for software outsourcing support by technology companies in the