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—which enable communities to plan, prepare, and manage for change in times of increasingly complex and dynamic crises.
To maintain and enhance development outcomes in the face of complex and interrelated shocks and stresses, Mercy Corps’ Resilience Initiative focuses on developing an approach to operationalizing the concept of resilience throughout our programs and strategies.
Because we recognize climate change is a key driver of these shocks and stresses, we have developed a Climate Resilient Development (CRD) approach to guide how we integrate climate considerations and adaptation strategies into all long-term development objectives. This development-first approach builds climate resilience through strategies that reduce poverty, including measures aimed at increasing food security, enhancing social cohesion, and strengthening governance inclusive of those now marginalized and impoverished.
Mercy Corps’ capacity to integrate climate change into its broad portfolio of programming has evolved rapidly through experience across nine countries over seven years. To inform CRD design and implementation at Mercy Corps and share this knowledge with other practitioners and agencies, we initiated a series of case studies of our programming, identifying key lessons and best practices for integrating climate change into diverse programs and contexts.This document summarizes these lessons and recommendations.