Involving community members in a way that promotes their ownership over decision-making and builds the knowledge and skills to carry out those decisions is a complex task. Yet Mercy Corps’ experience leads us to believe that it is an essential component of supporting rapid recovery and lasting change. Empowering people to be their own agents of change is the underlying goal of ‘community mobilization.’
In recognition that community mobilization is integral to the success of lasting recovery and development program impacts, Mercy Corps currently operates upwards of 50 projects with major community mobilization components in over 30 countries worth approximately $300 million dollars. From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, and across sectors like health, natural resource management and peacebuilding, Mercy Corps applies community mobilization approaches to facilitate the process of citizens organizing for positive social change. Sustained mobilization takes place when communities remain active and empowered after the program ends. Final evaluations from a decade of implementation experience and post-program research help us understand the community-level transformation and what changes last.
Mercy Corps believes that partnership is critical to achieving deep impact, sustainability, and amplifying reach. We collaborate with a diverse range of partner agencies and institutions at all levels of the public, private and civil society sectors to address the global challenges that drive our work. See the list at the right for a few of our current international partners.
Beyond Cash: Making Markets Work in Crisis
Outlining a better approach to crisis response
Central African Republic: Conflict Analysis in Bouar, CAR
Mercy Corps in the Central African Republic (CAR) recently carried out a conflict analysis which provides an in-depth look at the actors, interests, and drivers of conflict in the Bouar region, while also providing recommendations aimed at de-escalating the conflict.
Nigeria: Integrated Protection Approach In Nigeria
Mercy Corps Nigeria's Integrated Protection Approach, highlights the concept that issues of safety, dignity, and inclusion crosscut many of the challenges that Nigerians face in their daily lives.
ADAPTing Aid: Lessons from Six Case Studies
In 2015 the IRC and Mercy Corps joined forces to launch ADAPT (Analysis Driven Agile Programming Techniques) to research, innovate and field test adaptive management techniques for the sector.
Iraq: Investing in Iraq’s Peace: How Good Governance Can Diminish Support for Violent Extremism
According to new Mercy Corps research, the success of armed groups in Iraq
Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Syria: Behind Them, a Homeland in Ruins: The Youth of Europe's Refugee Crisis
Mercy Corps' new research shines a light on the young refugees looking for hope and a new life.
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.
Myanmar: Socio-Economic Analysis of Kayah State in Myanmar
In March - June 2013, a consortium involving Mercy Corps and four other INGO and NGO partners conducted a socio-economic analysis of Kayah State in Myanmar with funding from the European Union.
Iraq: Bridging the Gap
Civil society plays a critical role in ensuring that government is open, participatory and accountable to citizens.
Lebanon: The Role of Municipalities in the Syria Refugee Crisis
Mercy Corps, with funding from the British Embassy in Beirut, conducted extensive assessments of 12 municipalities in Lebanon's "hot spots" to better understand how municipalities are responding to