Mercy Corps works almost exclusively in high-risk conflict and transitional environments, countries affected by civil wars, economic and political crises, or natural disasters. These are difficult places to operate, but we believe that transitional environments also offer tremendous opportunities for positive change. We therefore implement peacebuilding programs in some of the world’s toughest places — fragile or critically weak states that are at a high or moderately high risk of instability, including Iraq, Somalia, Central Africa Republic, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
Violent conflict takes a terrible toll on developing countries. It destroys infrastructure, disrupts trade, distorts markets, and can reverse decades of development. Conflict-affected nations suffer severe refugee crises and population loss. There are around 40.8 million internally-displaced persons and more than 21.3 million refugees worldwide, most of whom are fleeing from violence. Generations of children have grown up believing that violence is the only way to find a job, to find meaning, or to simply stay alive. These destabilizing elements combine to create ‘conflict traps’ that keep countries in cycles of violence for decades.
Helping communities find ways to break the cycle of violence and promote peaceful change is at the heart of Mercy Corps’ mandate. We believe that — given the right tools, skills, and support — people are eager to understand the complex tensions and challenges they face and address them in a way that promotes peace and development.
We work with communities in three key ways:
1) to prevent conflict by increasing social cohesion and addressing underlying drivers of conflict;
2) to peacefully resolve and manage conflict by building and strengthening leaders and institutions to mitigate tensions and disputes that arise in their communities and regions; and
3) to reduce participation in violence by addressing grievances and providing peaceful alternatives for creating change.
Our work builds on an exceptionally strong historical foundation. Since the late 1990s, Mercy Corps has implemented more than 100 conflict management programs in more than 40 African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Balkan, and Latin American countries, making Mercy Corps a true leader in the field.
Uganda: Cattle Raiding in Karamoja
While the links between poverty and conflict are widely recognized, economic development interventions and peacebuilding interventions are often implemented separately.
Kenya: Understanding Political Violence among Youth
What makes youth prone to engage in violent movements? And what program strategies show the greatest potential to mitigate this risk?
Iraq: Governance Promotion through Conflict Management in Iraq: Final Evaluation
Since 2009, Mercy Corps has supported The Network of Iraqi Negotiation Experts (NINE): a nationwide network of 87 Iraqi leaders committed to promoting good governance and reconciliation through con
Conflict Management: Peacebuilding Programs in Africa
Mercy Corps’ experience in Africa began in 1985.
Conflict Management Sector Approach
Conflict Management Sector Goal
Conflict Management Sector Overview
This document is a shorter and more simplified version of the Conflict Management Sector Approach.
Conflict Management Sector Update Fiscal Year 2009
This document offers a snapshot of the sector’s programming strategy, progress and future outlook current for the Fiscal Year 2009 (July 2008 to June 2009).