Mercy Corps’ Climate Resilient Development (CRD) approach integrates climate adaptation strategies into all long-term development objectives.
For Mercy Corps, resilience is a process, a way of thinking and acting - not just an end state.
We work to build diverse connections and relationships between people, communities and the systems that support them to plan, prepare and manage for change in times of increasingly complex social, economic and ecological shocks and stresses.
We recognize climate change as a key driver of these shocks and stresses and have developed a Climate Resilient Development (CRD) approach to guide how we integrate climate considerations across our work.
This development-first approach builds climate resilience through development strategies that reduce poverty by increasing food security, enhancing social cohesion, and strengthening governance that is inclusive of marginalized and impoverished people.
Mercy Corps’ capacity to integrate climate change into its broad portfolio of programming has rapidly evolved through experience across nine countries over the past seven years.
To learn more about our Climate Resilient Development work visit our case study library and explore the other documents provided below.
Resilience Design in Smallholder Farming Systems Approach
Mercy Corps developed the Resilience Design (RD) in Smallholder Farming Systems Approach to help farmers and those who support them build a more productive and resilient farming system.
Driving Resilience: Market Approaches to Disaster Recovery
After a disaster, the immediate concern of all humanitarian responders is—and should be—to help affected populations meet their basic, urgent needs. But how a response is conducted can have significant implications on how the community recovers—and how fast.
Indonesia: The Use of Financial Products in Mitigating Natural Disaster Risk
This study examines levels of actual and perceived vulnerability to natural disasters, how this links to the demand for and use of financial products for coping and recovery and offers useful recommendations for practitioners, donors and policy makers.
Mongolia: Strategic Resilience Assessment in Mongolia
Mercy Corps applied the Strategic Resilience Assessment process (STRESS), focusing on Mongolia’s herding communities and rapidly urbanizing areas with the goal of developing a long-term strategy for supporting sustained, inclusive growth in Mongolia using a resilience approach.
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.
Niger: Strategic Resilience Assessment in Niger
Mercy Corps digs deeper to better understand the complex systems that support food security in the Sahel's fastest growing country.
Nepal, Timor-Leste: Climate Resilient Development case study - A market development approach to climate-informed disaster risk reduction
Mercy Corps is demonstrating a new approach to sustainable Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) by economically incentivizing climate-informed DRR measures in Nepal and Timor Leste.
Indonesia: Climate Resilient Development case study - A governance approach to building urban climate resilience
The Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) is a multiyear, $59 million initiative funded by the Rockefeller Foundation to strengthen the capacity of more than 50 rapidly urbanizing cities in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, as they survive, adapt, and transform in the face of climate-related shocks and stresses.
Georgia: Climate Resilient Development case study - Municipal level climate resilient development planning
Beginning in 2011, Mercy Corps programming in Georgia focused on enhancing the capacity of local and regional stakeholders to develop climate resilient development plans.
Ethiopia: Climate Resilient Development case study - Experiences from Ethiopia and the Mercy Corps' PRIME program
As one of the first large, multi-sector programs to integrate climate resilience across outcomes, PRIME is an opportunity to examine the successes and challenges of integrating climate change adaptation principles and practices.