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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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.
Uganda: Building an Empowered Karamoja: STRESS Summary and Capacities
Mercy Corps and their partners deepened their understanding of vulnerability and resilience in Karamoja and identified a set of resilience capacities.
ADAPTing Aid: Lessons from Six Case Studies
In 2015 the IRC and Mercy Corps joined forces to launch ADAPT (Analysis Driven Agile Programming Techniques) to research, innovate and field test adaptive management techniques for the sector.
Youth Employment Cheat Sheet
It’s time to change the narrative on youth.
Gender and Market Development: A framework for strengthening gender integration in market systems development
Mercy Corps makes recommendations for better integrating gender into market systems development programming.
DR Congo, Lebanon, Syria, Uganda: Cracking the Code: Enhancing Emergency Response & Resilience in Complex Crises
With people in poverty increasingly concentrated in fragile states, more effective and efficient ways must be found to resolve the underlying causes of those crises. In this report, Mercy Corps shares 5 case studies and provides concrete recommendations as to how the international community should engage in conflict-affected and fragile states.
The Voucher and Fair Implementation Guide
Vouchers are a type of cash transfer programming (CTP).
The Cash Transfer Programming Methodology Guide
An increasingly popular form of assistance in emergency and development settings, cash transfer programming (CTP) refers to any program where cash (or vouchers for goods or services) is directly pr
Uganda: More Than Markets: Building Resilience in Northern Uganda
In More Than Markets: Building Resilience in Northern Uganda, Mercy Corps finds that even wher