The People of Mercy Corps

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Walk into a Mercy Corps field office anywhere in the world and you might not immediately distinguish between our team and the people we help. Around the world, 95 percent of our team members are nationals of the countries where they work. Some are even former beneficiaries themselves. They personify our core belief in local solutions to local problems.

Our programs are led by people of the region who speak its languages, know its history, and actively invest in developing its human network. While our expatriate team members make a critical contribution, we don't import foreign cures or impose developed-world perspectives. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions at Mercy Corps. Rather, our teams involve local residents — who deeply comprehend the challenges and have the greatest stake in how they are solved — in designing and pursuing the best strategies for their communities.