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
Resilience at Mercy Corps August 1, 2013
For Mercy Corps, resilience is defined as the capacity of communities in complex socio-ecological systems to learn, cope, adapt, and transform in the face of shocks and stresses.
Mali, Niger, Nigeria: Rethinking Resilience September 8, 2014
Mercy Corps believes that it is impossible to build resilience in households and communities without also addressing systemic gender inequality. As an aid community, when we do not account for and address gender inequality, we ignore factors that entrench vulnerability for the entire population. We also miss factors that would enable us to support households and communities to become more resilient.
Myanmar: Visibility versus Vulnerability July 30, 2014
Change is taking place in Myanmar.
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.
Resilience in East Africa November 26, 2013
Mercy Corps has been working on resilience-based programming in East Africa since 2004.