War tears at every fiber of society, but conflict doesn't have to be violent to harm communities. Mercy Corps works to help families rebuild after the destruction of war, and engages citizens to find mutually beneficial solutions for change.
Especially in post-conflict settings, we facilitate collaboration between government officials and the people they serve, leading to more accountable and productive leadership. Addressing the root causes of conflict today can help avoid tomorrow's wars and other crises.
Lebanon: Steps toward a fuller democracy
Earlier this year 800 people in a small village in northern Lebanon went to the polls. Like people across Lebanon, many in the village of Qaa had never voted before in their lives, mostly because they’d been disillusioned with tales of corruption, inefficiency and greed in politics.
Afghanistan: Setting a strong development agenda
Ten years after the international intervention in Afghanistan began and the Taliban regime fell, world leaders are this week gathering in Germany to discuss Afghanistan's future.
Libya: Ambassador Rice visits resource center
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice toured a photography exhibit, watched a film and participated in a discussion with the artists at our newly opened Civil Society Resource Center in Benghazi on Nov. 22.
Egypt: I cast my ballot
This week, Egyptians began voting in their freest elections in decades after ousting President Hosni Mubarak earlier this year. Sherry Mikhael, Mercy Corps' operations officer in Egypt, recounts her experience yesterday casting a ballot in the historic elections.
Tunisia: Election day in Tunisia
The blue ink on the tip of the fingers of these Tunisians indicates they've voted in the first free and fair election in their country's history.
Tunisia: A day for democracy
I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve heard the word “democracy” today. I’m in Tunis on a day that will go down in history as Tunisia’s first free elections in over 23 years.
Indonesia: Uneasiness after sectarian violence in Ambon
It has been over a month since conflict erupted again in Ambon, bringing back memories of the religious conflict which for many was a terrible but distant memory.
Tunisia: Preparing for Sunday's historic vote
Nobody has ever explained participatory democracy to the people I met today in El Ktar in southern Tunisia. Until recently it was only a vague concept, irrelevant to their daily lives.
Haiti: Peace Day in Mirebalais
On September 21, Mercy Corps and Partners In Health teamed up to celebrate International Peace Day in Mirebalais, Haiti.
Indonesia: Old wounds reopened in Ambon
“Ambon manise,” (am-bone mah-nee-say) muttered the bewildered project coordinator of Mercy Corps’s Spice Up the Deal Project, as we stood watching midnight fires erupt in Ambon City below us.