The evidence is in. Programs are more effective, impactful and sustainable when all community members – especially women and girls - are included in the design, implementation and monitoring of humanitarian and development programs. When women and girls are not included, we miss opportunities to leverage our support to its highest potential and to help communities improve their quality of life more quickly. Most importantly, when we do not intentionally include women and girls, we miss opportunities to assist marginalized groups in claiming their basic human rights.
At Mercy Corps, we use a gender approach (and not a women’s approach) because we recognize that sustainable solutions to the challenges outlined above require that men and boys play key roles as partners, supporters and advocates of the integration of women’s and girls’ participation in their communities.
Mercy Corps seeks to respond to gender differences broadly in our work, including through our approach to building resilience. We have invested in research and toolkits to better understand and apply important principles around the intersection of gender, inclusion, and resilience.
Kenya: Wealth and Warriors: Adolescents in the Face of Drought in Turkana, Kenya
What is life like for girls in traditional pastoralist communities? This study examines their daily responsibilities, social roles, and how they contribute towards household resilience in times of crisis.
Uganda: What motivates women to buy?
Working with improved cookstove suppliers, distributors and retailers, we've devised scalable sales, marketing and financing strategies to ensure a product built for women reaches them.
Mali, Niger, Nigeria: Rethinking resilience
Nowhere is answering the question of how to increase resilience more critical than across the Sahel, a region plagued by chronic poverty, food insecurity, drought, ecosystem degradation, and conflict. But among the many factors, one issue looms largest: gender inequality.
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.
Financial Inclusion: Mercy Corps' Approach and Capacity
There are over two billion people excluded from, or underserved by financial services.
Timor-Leste: Women's Empowerment and Childhood Malnutrition in Timor-Leste
Timor-Leste remains one of the poorest countries in Asia, by all development indicators.
Nigeria: Adolescent Girls in Northern Nigeria: Financial Inclusion and Entrepreneurship Opportunities
Adolescent Girls in Northern Nigeria: Financial Inclusion and Entrepreneurship Opportunities Profile profiled 1,800 adolescent girls (ages 15 to 19) and private sector actors across the northern Ni
Mercy Corps Gender Policy
Mercy Corps recognizes that our programs more effectively alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression when women, men, girls and boys are equitably engaged as active stakeholders in every aspect of
Video: Global Gender and Integration
What exactly does the term "gender" refer to? And why does it matter that we, as international development professionals, pay attention to it?
Mercy Corps Gender Procedures
In 2011, Mercy Corps embraced gender awareness and integration as a strategic objective and as a critical element of impactful, smart programs.