Promoting market systems development and growth is fundamental to Mercy Corps' work around the world.
We take a progressive approach to improving economic well-being along the entire development spectrum. After disaster, in humanitarian crises, or in mature markets, we build systems that foster sustainability and scale, even in the most fragile and complex environments. We work with farmers, entrepreneurs, financial service providers and other key community stakeholders to ensure individuals and businesses can capitalize on economic opportunities and develop productive economic relationships.
Our focus areas
The Markets, Economic Recovery, and Growth (MERG) Technical Support Unit encompasses five complementary technical teams:
- Agriculture: helping small farmers and pastoralists increase their productivity, adapt to climate change and produce and consume nutritious food
- Economic Coping and Recovery: advancing market-aware emergency response and cash transfer programming
- Employment and Entrepreneurship: promoting relevant, demand-driven skills and linking people to safe, decent, and equitable work
- Financial Inclusion: enabling currently underserved populations to fully participate in their local and national economies through access and usage to a broad range of financial services
- Market Systems Development: addressing the underlying causes of market dysfunction to reduce poverty
Concentrating on these five areas enables us to address the challenges and issues that are most critical to the communities where we work. Learn about our market systems development approach here.
All stories about Market Systems Development
Young People & Agriculture: Strategic Priorities for Impact
Mercy Corps sees three key areas of strategic importance when it comes to engaging young people in agriculture.
Nigeria: Impact Evaluation: Reducing Conflict and Increasing Local Economic Activities
Mercy Corps CONCUR program illustrates the importance of investing in conflict management and social cohesion to improve security in the Middle Belt, Nigeria.
Scaling Pathways: Insights from the field on unlocking impact at scale
What does it take to scale social impact?
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.
Ethiopia, Zimbabwe: Can E-transfers Promote Financial Inclusion in an Emergency: Three Case Studies
The Electronic Cash Transfer Learning Action Network, convened by Mercy Corps, undertook research to improve the impact of humanitarian cash transfers.
Uganda: Building an Empowered Karamoja: STRESS Summary and Capacities
Mercy Corps and their partners deepened their understanding of vulnerability and resilience in Karamoja and identified a set of resilience capacities.
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.
Youth Employment Cheat Sheet
It’s time to change the narrative on youth.
Gender and Market Development: A framework for strengthening gender integration in market systems development
Mercy Corps makes recommendations for better integrating gender into market systems development programming.
DR Congo, Lebanon, Syria, Uganda: Cracking the Code: Enhancing Emergency Response & Resilience in Complex Crises
With people in poverty increasingly concentrated in fragile states, more effective and efficient ways must be found to resolve the underlying causes of those crises. In this report, Mercy Corps shares 5 case studies and provides concrete recommendations as to how the international community should engage in conflict-affected and fragile states.