Mercy Corps has responded to almost every global natural disaster in the last 20 years, including the Nepal earthquake, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Japan tsunami, the Haiti earthquake, the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, and the Indian Ocean tsunami. As a result, Mercy Corps has become an acknowledged expert in disaster response strategies that address immediate humanitarian needs while also preparing communities for a sustainable recovery.
Mercy Corps has the immediate capacity to respond to the needs of those affected by conflict or natural disaster through interventions that draw on our expertise in water and sanitation and early economic recovery. Aspects of emergency response programming also focus on increasing civil society capacity and good governance and often emphasize activities centered on the role of youth and conflict mitigation in communities.
Mercy Corps has a dedicated team that works to strengthen the agency's overall emergency response capacity by supporting on-going initiatives relating to capacity building, the documentation of lessons learned and ongoing participation and coordination with colleague agencies through a variety of interagency working groups.
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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.
Niger, Nigeria: Lake Chad Basin: Position Paper
This paper outlines our long-term vision for alleviating the immediate suffering, poverty and oppression of conflict-affected populations and improving the conditions to enable long-term, resilient development in the Lake Chad Basin.
Nigeria: Rapid Assessment: Dikwa and Ngala Local Government Areas, Borno State
Mercy Corps conducted a rapid assessment to establish the severity and range of humanitarian needs of internally displaced persons and host community members to inform programmatic responses.
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.
Nigeria: The untold crisis of the Lake Chad basin
Mercy Corps is deeply concerned about the suffering in the areas of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria bordering Lake Chad. As access to previously inaccessible communities increases, we are uncovering untold horrors of famine, malnutrition, and widespread gender based violence. The level of trauma will take years to mend. Suffering from the conflict has been compounded by numerous other factors: decades of poor governance; extreme poverty; mismanagement of natural resources and climate change.
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.
Syria: Age of Unrest: Syrian Refugee Youth at the Crossroads
Each day that passes degrades our ability to help young Syrian refugees repair themselves before bitter experience hardens into habit. Here is the way forward.
Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Syria: Behind Them, a Homeland in Ruins: The Youth of Europe's Refugee Crisis
Mercy Corps' new research shines a light on the young refugees looking for hope and a new life.
The Voucher and Fair Implementation Guide
Vouchers are a type of cash transfer programming (CTP).