Resilience is not new in the field of international development. But a number of recent events and trends—such as the 2008-09 financial, food and fuel crisis, and the protracted crises in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel—have brought it to the forefront of development thinking. As practitioners we are challenged to apply a more complex, forward-thinking systems approach to the problems faced by the communities where we work.
Working in some of the world’s toughest places, resilience has long been at the heart of Mercy Corps’ work. Our long-standing Vision for Change (http://www.mercycorps.org/visionforchange) is a systems framework and recognizes the importance of engaging stakeholders at multiple levels of society in the development process. We respond to humanitarian crises with an eye to the long term: our relief programs rapidly progress to recovery, helping families and communities build resilience so that they become less vulnerable to shocks and stresses. We design interventions which are community-led, market-driven and promote good governance, critical tenets of sustainable relief and development and key for resilience. Peacebuilding and conflict management strategies feature in our strongest resilience programming (see From Conflict to Coping, http://www.mercycorps.org/resources/coping). Our commitment to sound measurement and analysis of our programmatic impact means that we build into our work the tools and processes to highlight a set of metrics that helps us to understand progress towards achieving our mission. Resilience is embedded in these metrics, including an indicator that allows countries to measure community resilience. Finally, our commitment to work in fragile places and countries in transition means that we are working precisely in those places where transformative resilience has the most potential because traditional systems are stressed to the breaking point.
All stories about Resilience
Myanmar: Video: Building Community Resilience for Food Security in Myanmar February 15, 2013
Since February 2011, MC Myanmar has partnered with 8,800 food insecure households in 80 villages in Mandalay, Rakhine, and Chin States to implement its "Building Community Resilience for Food Secur
Resilience Meets Disaster Economics (blog posting) February 8, 2013
Investing to stop disasters before they start can save lives and money.
Niger: Tracking Resilience in Niger January 23, 2013
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
Ethiopia: Making the Input Supply Market Work for the Poor January 14, 2013
Mercy Corps is implementing the USAID/OFDA funded Revitalizing Agricultural/Pastoral Incomes and New Markets (RAIN) program in the Somali Region of Ethiopia.
Climate Change and City Development: engaging local government in resilience building January 9, 2013
Local governments play a leading role in building city resilience.
Resilience Thinking in Action January 9, 2013
Mercy Corps is committed to resilience as a key organizing principle, and many of the principles and tactics central to resilience are already at the heart of our work.
USAID's Resilience Policy December 28, 2012
Mercy Corps recently spoke on a panel at USAID’s resilience policy launch.
Coping with Drought in Ethiopia by Building Peace December 28, 2012
Please click on the link below to read more about resilience, conflict and coping with drought: