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.
Elevating the Community's Agenda: Honing USAID Forward's Approach to Local Ownership
Mercy Corps' Elevating the Community’s Agenda: Honing USAID Forward’s Approach to Local Ownership provides recommendations to USAID for putting effective local ownership into practice.
Local Partnerships Guide
Mercy Corps has a 32-year history of working with local partners in over 113 countries and collaborates with an increasingly wide and diverse set of partners at all levels of the public, private an
Community Mobilization Sector Approach
Community Mobilization Sector Goal
Community Mobilization Framework
Mongolia: Mongolia: Engaging Government Partners
In rural communities across Mongolia, Mercy Corps’ mobilization approach is helping civil society organizations (CSOs) engage local government groups as partners in solving community-identified pri
Indonesia: Indonesia: Mobilizing Urban Communities
With over half of the global population living in cities for the first time in human history, community mobilization in urban settings is becoming an increasingly important issue for Mercy Corps an
Georgia: Georgia: Can Mobilization Work in an Emergency?
Imagine fleeing your home and having to leave all that you possess on a moment’s notice Imagine having small children, elderly relatives or disabled family members with you.
Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe: Leveraging a Community Fund and Private Sector Partnerships
Strengthening the financial management capacity of community action groups and other community groups is an essential part of preparing for sustained mobilization after programs end.
Guide to Community Mobilization Programming