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.
Beyond Cash: Making Markets Work in Crisis
Outlining a better approach to crisis response
Afghanistan: Can Economic Interventions Reduce Violence?
Impacts of vocational training and cash transfers on youth support for political violence in Afghanistan.
Uganda: Refugee Markets Brief: The power of markets to support refugee economic opportunities in West Nile, Uganda
With Uganda now home to over one million South Sudanese refugees, aid actors in the country’s West Nile region are looking for sustainable strategies to help individuals cope and recover.
Nigeria: Northeast Nigeria Joint Livelihood and Market Recovery Assessment
Mercy Corps, in conjunction with Action Against Hunger, Cooperazione Internazionale, Catholic Relief Services, the International Rescue Committee and Oxfam, undertook a livelihoods and market assessment across the three most affected states in Northeast Nigeria.
Can Market Systems Development Build Resilience in Fragile Contexts?
A Summary of Lessons from a Comparative Three-Country Analysis in South and Southeast Asia
Indonesia: Agriculture Financing Business Model
Agri-Fin Mobile Indonesia works with partners to deliver agriculture financing to rural farmers that have increased farmer yields and income.
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.
Cash Transfer Implementation Guide
The Cash Transfer Implementation Guide is designed for teams implementing unconditional or conditional cash transfer programs, and lays out clear steps (and accompanying tools) to set-up, implement, and close-out a cash transfer program.
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.