Research and resources
August 27, 2018
Driven to Leave: Aid and Migration — Assessing Evidence from Somalia and Afghanistan
February 13, 2018
Can Economic Interventions Reduce Violence?
Impacts of vocational training and cash transfers on youth support for political violence in Afghanistan.
May 24, 2017
Solar Powered Hospital and University Building in Helmand
Mercy Corps has piloted a Build-Operate-Lease-Transfer of Ownership (BOLTO) model on a 60kWh off-grid solar PV hybrid system to power a university campus and hospital in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. With pre-financing from DFID, Mercy Corps was able to provide patient funds for the capital investment needed to install the system composed of solar panels, battery and remote monitoring system. The project has demonstrated the business model viability in this fragile market, and Mercy Corps is planning to reinvest the loan capital into additional renewable energy initiatives.
October 14, 2015
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.
February 17, 2015
Does Youth Employment Build Stability?
Mercy Corps undertook a rigorous impact evaluation to test whether youth unemployment is linked to support for political violence in Afghanistan.
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.