Mercy Corps’ Climate Resilient Development (CRD) approach integrates climate adaptation strategies into all long-term development objectives.
For Mercy Corps, resilience is a process, a way of thinking and acting - not just an end state.
We work to build diverse connections and relationships between people, communities and the systems that support them to plan, prepare and manage for change in times of increasingly complex social, economic and ecological shocks and stresses.
We recognize climate change as a key driver of these shocks and stresses and have developed a Climate Resilient Development (CRD) approach to guide how we integrate climate considerations across our work.
This development-first approach builds climate resilience through development strategies that reduce poverty by increasing food security, enhancing social cohesion, and strengthening governance that is inclusive of marginalized and impoverished people.
Mercy Corps’ capacity to integrate climate change into its broad portfolio of programming has rapidly evolved through experience across nine countries over the past seven years.
To learn more about our Climate Resilient Development work visit our case study library and explore the other documents provided below.
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Indonesia: The Use of Financial Products in Mitigating Natural Disaster Risk
This study examines levels of actual and perceived vulnerability to natural disasters, how this links to the demand for and use of financial products for coping and recovery and offers useful recommendations for practitioners, donors and policy makers.
Mongolia: Strategic Resilience Assessment in Mongolia
Mercy Corps applied the Strategic Resilience Assessment process (STRESS), focusing on Mongolia’s herding communities and rapidly urbanizing areas with the goal of developing a long-term strategy for supporting sustained, inclusive growth in Mongolia using a resilience approach.
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.
Niger: Strategic Resilience Assessment in Niger
Mercy Corps digs deeper to better understand the complex systems that support food security in the Sahel's fastest growing country.
Nepal, Timor-Leste: Climate Resilient Development case study - A market development approach to climate-informed disaster risk reduction
Mercy Corps is demonstrating a new approach to sustainable Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) by economically incentivizing climate-informed DRR measures in Nepal and Timor Leste.
Indonesia: Climate Resilient Development case study - A governance approach to building urban climate resilience
The Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) is a multiyear, $59 million initiative funded by the Rockefeller Foundation to strengthen the capacity of more than 50 rapidly urbanizing cities in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, as they survive, adapt, and transform in the face of climate-related shocks and stresses.
Georgia: Climate Resilient Development case study - Municipal level climate resilient development planning
Beginning in 2011, Mercy Corps programming in Georgia focused on enhancing the capacity of local and regional stakeholders to develop climate resilient development plans.
Ethiopia: Climate Resilient Development case study - Experiences from Ethiopia and the Mercy Corps' PRIME program
As one of the first large, multi-sector programs to integrate climate resilience across outcomes, PRIME is an opportunity to examine the successes and challenges of integrating climate change adaptation principles and practices.
Ethiopia: Climate Resilient Development case study - Insights on how to operationalize climate integration
Climate change is a complex problem. It can affect all areas of society—from making food and water resources more scarce to causing or exacerbating conflict—which means development must integrate climate resilience across program areas.
Ethiopia: Climate Resilient Development case study - Integrating climate change into market-based development programming
Pastoralist Areas Resilience Improvement through Market Expansion (PRIME) is a five-year multi-agency project that focuses on supporting pastoralists via expansion of markets and long-term behavior change. As part of its approach, PRIME integrates strategies aimed at helping communities become more resilient to climate change and its affects on society at various levels.