Mercy Corps has responded to almost every global natural disaster in the last 20 years, including the Nepal earthquake, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Japan tsunami, the Haiti earthquake, the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, and the Indian Ocean tsunami. As a result, Mercy Corps has become an acknowledged expert in disaster response strategies that address immediate humanitarian needs while also preparing communities for a sustainable recovery.
Mercy Corps has the immediate capacity to respond to the needs of those affected by conflict or natural disaster through interventions that draw on our expertise in water and sanitation and early economic recovery. Aspects of emergency response programming also focus on increasing civil society capacity and good governance and often emphasize activities centered on the role of youth and conflict mitigation in communities.
Mercy Corps has a dedicated team that works to strengthen the agency's overall emergency response capacity by supporting on-going initiatives relating to capacity building, the documentation of lessons learned and ongoing participation and coordination with colleague agencies through a variety of interagency working groups.
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The Cash Transfer Programming Methodology Guide
An increasingly popular form of assistance in emergency and development settings, cash transfer programming (CTP) refers to any program where cash (or vouchers for goods or services) is directly pr
Syria: Adolescents inside Syria: No One Hears Us
In a new report addressing the needs of adolescents inside Syria, we found that adolescents dealing with the war face hopelessness and isolation. See our recommendations and download the report.
Remote Management Annotated Bibliography
This annotated bibliography provides an overview of literature related to remote management in humanitarian settings.
Philippines: Beyond Meeting Immediate Needs: The Impact of Electronic Cash Transfer Approaches on Disaster Recovery and Financial Inclusion
In January 2014, Mercy Corps launched the TabangKO ("my help") program to deliver emergency cash assistance to households affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
Jordan, Syria: Seeking Stability: Evidence on Strategies for Reducing Risk of Conflict in Northern Jordanian Communities Hosting Syrian Refugees
Despite the heightened attention to conflict in Jordan stemming from the Syrian refugee crisis, little evidence exists on which interventions are effective in mitigating the risk of violence and fu
Philippines: Do Financial Services Build Disaster Resilience?
In the wake of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), Mercy Corps focused on speeding households' economy recovery. This study analyzes whether access to formal financial products increases resilience to natural disasters.
DR Congo: Cheaper, faster, better? Cash assistance in emergencies
There's a growing consensus that cash, rather than in-kind aid, is the best assistance to provide in an emergency. But which method is most expedient and cost-effective — electronic vouchers, mobile money or physical cash? Our study in the Democratic Republic of Congo found some surprising results.
DR Congo: Assessing the humanitarian response in North Kivu
Despite large-scale international assistance, the DRC province of North Kivu remains in chronic crisis. Mercy Corps & partners undertook a case study to find out why — and how we must change our programming to be more effective, impactful and sustainable.
E-transfer Implementation Guide for Cash Transfer Programming
In cash transfer programming, electronic transfers (e-transfers) offer a digital replacement for paper vouchers or physical cash.
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Advancing Adolescence
Adolescence is a critical time for young boys and girls, and within the Syria Crisis Response, they require specific and targeted programming that addresses their needs.