Research and resources
May 26, 2020
Towards Resilience: Advancing Collective Impact in Protracted Crises
Mercy Corps calls for a radical departure to achieve better outcomes in states plagued by conflict-driven crises, offering a unifying framework to galvanize investments towards sources of resilience.
November 08, 2018
Food Security Strategies for Complex Crises
While often food security response in conflict environments is one-dimensional, Mercy Corps’ food security approach requires taking a multi-sectoral approach to building food security.
August 27, 2018
Driven to Leave: Aid and Migration — Assessing Evidence from Somalia and Afghanistan
November 21, 2016
Critical Choices: Assessing the Effects of Education and Civic Engagement on Somali Youths' Propensity Towards Violence
Understanding what works to reduce violence, including violent extremism, is a key priority for many policymakers. Despite this need, to date there is very little research evaluating the effects of development programs on violence reduction. To address this knowledge gap, Mercy Corps undertook a rigorous impact evaluation of a 5-year stability-focused youth program in Somalia known as the Somali Youth Leaders Initiative (SYLI).
February 13, 2015
Youth & Consequences: Unemployment, Injustice and Violence
Our new report, Youth & Consequences: Unemployment, Injustice and Violence, tackles some of the most persistent assumptions driving youth programming in fragile states. Drawing on interviews and surveys with youth in Afghanistan, Colombia and Somalia, we find the principal drivers of political violence are rooted not in poverty, but in experiences of injustice: discrimination, corruption and abuse by security forces.