It is estimated that almost half of the world’s population, 3 billion people, live on less than £2 per day. The global economic crisis, conflict, natural disasters, and environmental impacts threaten the fragile livelihoods of these low-income earning populations. However, the world’s poor demonstrate impressive resiliency, coping strategies and entrepreneurial energy. Mercy Corps applies a market development approach to understand the complexities surrounding the poor and focuses on removing constraints to their participation in markets, offering a leverage point to turn challenges into opportunities.
Mercy Corps currently operates upwards of 30 market development projects in over 27 countries worth approximately £60 million dollars. These projects support at-risk communities to sustainably develop strong market systems that increase incomes and productivity while reducing the effects and risks of disaster or conflict.
Mercy Corps believes that partnership is critical to achieving deep impact, sustainability, and amplifying reach. We collaborate with a diverse range of partner agencies and institutions at all levels of the public, private and civil society sectors to address the global challenges that drive our work. See the list at the right for a few of our current international partners.
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Nigeria: Adolescent Girls in Northern Nigeria: Financial Inclusion and Entrepreneurship Opportunities April 26, 2013
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Yemen: Promoting Youth Employment in Yemen April 18, 2013
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ICT Business Development April 12, 2011
The research examines the intersection of Palestinian Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector capabilities with demands for software outsourcing support by technology companies in the
West Bank and Gaza: ICT Business Development April 12, 2011
This report aims to highlight opportunities for increased international business for Palestinian ICT companies based on the results of research carried out by Intellect, with support from Mercy Cor
Market Development Sector Approach September 15, 2009
Market Development Sector Goal
Market Development Sector Overview September 15, 2009
This document is a shorter and more simplified version of the Sector Approach. It gives an overview to the sector and why it is important to international relief and development work.
Market Development Sector Update Fiscal Year 2009 September 15, 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).
Afghanistan: Veterinary Field Units Privatization Scheme March 31, 2009