The evidence is in. Programs are more effective, impactful and sustainable when all community members – especially women and girls - are included in the design, implementation and monitoring of humanitarian and development programs. When women and girls are not included, we miss opportunities to leverage our support to its highest potential and to help communities improve their quality of life more quickly. Most importantly, when we do not intentionally include women and girls, we miss opportunities to assist marginalized groups in claiming their basic human rights.
At Mercy Corps, we use a gender approach (and not a women’s approach) because we recognize that sustainable solutions to the challenges outlined above require that men and boys play key roles as partners, supporters and advocates of the integration of women’s and girls’ participation in their communities.
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.
Niger: Video: Resilience in Niger: Transforming the Way We Learn and Work
Uganda: Building an Empowered Karamoja: STRESS
Mercy Corps and their partners deepened their understanding of vulnerability and resilience in Karamoja and identified a set of resilience capacities.
The Power of the Purse
The Power of the Purse (POP) pilot was funded jointly by USAID and the Act for Impact grant
Niger: Why Adolescent Girls’ Programming Matters
Evidence from an Impact Evaluation in Niger
Gender and Market Development: A framework for strengthening gender integration in market systems development
Mercy Corps makes recommendations for better integrating gender into market systems development programming.
Kenya: Wealth and Warriors: Adolescents in the Face of Drought in Turkana, Kenya
What is life like for girls in traditional pastoralist communities? This study examines their daily responsibilities, social roles, and how they contribute towards household resilience in times of crisis.
Uganda: What motivates women to buy?
Working with improved cookstove suppliers, distributors and retailers, we've devised scalable sales, marketing and financing strategies to ensure a product built for women reaches them.
Mali, Niger, Nigeria: Rethinking resilience
Nowhere is answering the question of how to increase resilience more critical than across the Sahel, a region plagued by chronic poverty, food insecurity, drought, ecosystem degradation, and conflict. But among the many factors, one issue looms largest: gender inequality.