Mercy Corps' Governance Approach video provides a general explanation of the Mercy Corps governance approach, including basic concepts and the framework on which it is based. It lays out the theory of change and provides further insights on our strategy and tactics for the promotion of good governance. The videos are available with French, Spanish, Arabic and Myanmar language subtitles.
To support communities grappling with world’s most complex, interconnected and intensifying problems—from protracted conflict and famine to failed markets and climate change—Mercy Corps believes we must tackle the governance barriers that underpin these challenges. Weak governance is one of the biggest roadblocks to effective, lasting development in the transitioning and fragile environments where we work. It compounds natural resource degradation, inhibits economic growth, perpetuates gender inequalities, alienates youth and ignites conflict, among other impacts. In these contexts, governance institutions often lack the incentives, capacity and budgets to provide communities with the services foundational to sustainable and equitable development. Citizens lack access to basic information about their rights and responsibilities, and ineffective accountability and transparency mechanisms exacerbate grievances, encourage corruption and foster disengagement and distrust in decision-making processes.
Increasing evidence links good governance to successful peace and development outcomes, and at a time when there are limited resources available to help the world’s poorest and most vulnerable, it is essential that we renew our efforts to promote good governance.
With these challenges in mind, Mercy Corps’ good governance approach focuses on advancing four outcomes:
- We empower and engage citizens by informing and mobilizing communities, and promoting citizen participation in governance processes;
- We enhance the capacity, networks and inclusivity of local organizations to support a skilled and connected civil society;
- We strengthen accountability mechanisms and support governance institutions in meaningfully engaging citizens to promote more responsive and accountable decision-makers; and
- We strengthen relationship building, constructive deliberation and increased trust by facilitating frequent and repeated interaction between diverse communities and sectors to address public challenges.
By elevating the voices of vulnerable communities and increasing their inclusion in decision-making, while simultaneously promoting responsiveness and accountability from governance institutions, we ensure governance processes are more equitable and effective. This approach creates a foundation for communities and institutions to tackle the underlying causes of the world’s toughest challenges, working collaboratively to build secure, productive and just 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.
Central African Republic: The Humanitarian System in CAR: A Time of Challenges
Mercy Corps in the Central African Republic (CAR) published a report on the current humanitarian system in CAR, and recommendations for how to improve it.
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.
Elevation Impact: Strategic engagement with the World Bank
This report examines the overarching context for World Bank-NGO engagement to evaluate if and how Mercy Corps can elevate its work in promoting good governance through strategic engagement with the World Bank.
Social Capital and Good Governance
This research brief attempts to articulate the processes and pathways through which social capital contributes to good governance and promotes the collective good.
Engaging Young People in Governance
Mercy Corps' new report outlining our approach to increasing youth participation in community decision-making and governance processes.
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.
ADAPTing Aid: Lessons from Six Case Studies
In 2015 the IRC and Mercy Corps joined forces to launch ADAPT (Analysis Driven Agile Programming Techniques) to research, innovate and field test adaptive management techniques for the sector.
Iraq: Investing in Iraq’s Peace: How Good Governance Can Diminish Support for Violent Extremism
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Pathways from Peace to Resilience
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