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.
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.
Ethiopia: Climate Resilient Development case study - Insights on how to operationalize climate integration
Climate change is a complex problem. It can affect all areas of society—from making food and water resources more scarce to causing or exacerbating conflict—which means development must integrate climate resilience across program areas.
Ethiopia: Climate Resilient Development case study - Integrating climate change into market-based development programming
Pastoralist Areas Resilience Improvement through Market Expansion (PRIME) is a five-year multi-agency project that focuses on supporting pastoralists via expansion of markets and long-term behavior change. As part of its approach, PRIME integrates strategies aimed at helping communities become more resilient to climate change and its affects on society at various levels.
Climate Resilient Development case study - Experiences and lessons in climate change integration
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—which enable communities to plan, prepare, and manage for change in times of increasingly complex and dynamic crises.
Pathways from Peace to Resilience
Evidence from the Greater Horn of Africa on the Links between Conflict Management and Resilience to Food Security Shocks
Why Urban Climate Change Resilience is Critical to Asia
Today, more than a half of the earth's population live in cities.
Japan: Planning for Climate Disasters: 5 Considerations for Sendai
On an ordinary morning in January, 1995, the city of Kobe, Japan shook for less than a minute.
Myanmar: Socio-Economic Analysis of Kayah State in Myanmar
In March - June 2013, a consortium involving Mercy Corps and four other INGO and NGO partners conducted a socio-economic analysis of Kayah State in Myanmar with funding from the European Union.
Resilience, development and disaster risk reduction
This paper strives to explain the relationship between disaster risk reduction (DRR) interventions, development programming and a focus on building resilience.
Ethiopia: Coping with Drought in Ethiopia by Building Peace
Promoting resilience has gained attention in the wake of the recent drought in the Horn of Africa.