Improving emergency response

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When a natural or man-made disaster strikes -- disadvantaged communities pay a high price. Forced to flee quickly, families must often leave everything behind, not knowing when or whether they will be able to return home.

During these turbulent times, Mercy Corps seeks to collaborate with local communities to ensure that the most vulnerable people receive lifesaving assistance as quickly as possible.

Learn more about our recommendations as to how USAID can improve its policies and practices to help communities in crisis rebound more swiftly▸

Mercy Corps also works to ensure that emergency assistance is appropriately resourced.

Along with 33 other organizations, Mercy Corps submitted a statement to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations urging the United States Congress to commit sufficient resources to meet the dire humanitarian needs worldwide.

In May 2016, world leaders converged in Istanbul at the World Humanitarian System to set an agenda to meet current and future humanitarian challenges.

Read our recommendations for a new and improved humanitarian system that can meet the unprecedented challenges that we face today▸

Our work

Our advocacy team works with policymakers to ensure that they understand the most appropriate actions to take to meet these needs.

Currently, Yemen is on the brink of famine. Mercy Corps recommends that policymakers take immediate steps to provide urgently needed resources to respond to humanitarian needs.

Our approach

Watch the Congressional Testimony of Javier Alvarez, Acting Country Director for Liberia, and see our policy recommendations to the Congress and Obama administration including what steps they could take to address the food insecurity caused by the Ebola crisis▸

Mercy Corps also supports a global aid reform agenda to make development and humanitarian assistance and related policies more efficient and responsive to the needs of the people in the countries where we work.

With more flexible, nimble funding, strategic investments by donors can be used to build a better, safer world.

During the 2014-2015 Ebola Crisis in Liberia, Mercy Corps conducted market assessments in three regions of Liberia devastated by the disease.

We urged Members of Congress, the Liberian government and international donors to look at the Ebola crisis as more than a health emergency, but rather as a crisis of “systems”.

Based on Mercy Corps’ market assessments in Liberia, we called for greater attention by donors to the socio-economic implications of the crisis on traders, vendors, youth and vulnerable families.