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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 hunger 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 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 our report from Ethiopia, From Conflict to 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
DR Congo: Assessing the humanitarian response in North Kivu October 26, 2014
Despite large-scale international assistance, the DRC province of North Kivu remains in chronic crisis. Mercy Corps & partners undertook a case study to find out why — and how we must change our programming to be more effective, impactful and sustainable.
Uganda: Navigating complexity: Adaptive management in the Northern Karamoja Growth, Health & Governance program October 2, 2014
Development actors increasing agree that managing programs adaptively – especially complex interventions – can improve their effectiveness. But what does adaptive management look like in practice?
Mali, Niger, Nigeria: Rethinking resilience September 8, 2014
Nowhere is answering the question of how to increase resilience more critical than across the Sahel, a region plagued by chronic poverty, food insecurity, drought, ecosystem degradation, and conflict. But among the many factors, one issue looms largest: gender inequality.
Myanmar: Visibility versus Vulnerability July 30, 2014
The change taking place in Myanmar has brought new complexities that require an integrated analysis of how economic and political vulnerabilities are tied to instability.
Myanmar: Socio-Economic Analysis of Kayah State in Myanmar May 27, 2014
In March - June 2013, a consortium involving Mercy Corps and four other INGO and NGO partners conducted a socio-economic analysis of Kayah State in Myanmar with funding from the European Union.
Mercy Corps Resilience Hubs April 24, 2014
Mercy Corps has prioritized resilience at an agency level.
About the Resilience Learning Consortium April 24, 2014
The concept of ‘resilience’ has gained traction, and donors, implementers, and other stakeholders have begun to invest more heavily in this approach.
Indonesia: Building 100 Resilient Cities December 3, 2013
We know that the human and economic costs of disasters are most felt in urban centers, and these costs are only going to soar as cities grow and become more interconnected.
Africa Drylands Resilience Capacity Statement November 27, 2013
Mercy Corps has been working on resilience-focused programming in Africa since 2004, with a current portfolio of over $200 million in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia, Uganda, and Sou
Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda: East Africa Resilience Capacity Statement November 27, 2013
Mercy Corps has been working on resilience-based programming in East Africa since 2004, with a current portfolio of over $180 million in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda and South Sudan.