Innovation is the key to creating sustainable programmes. Whether it's helping communities find financial solutions, using technology to improve crops or developing clean-energy strategies to save people money, our approach means trying different solutions and growing and replicating the ones that work best.
The toughest challenges demand the boldest ideas. That’s why Mercy Corps identifies self-sustaining, scalable business ideas that can break through cycles of poverty and deliver social benefit to millions of people in the developing world.
How we innovate
Mercy Corps tests ideas in the field, measures the results, and scales the most promising solutions.
Mercy Corps’ 5,500 global team members
Our on-the-ground insight into how local markets and systems function gives us a deep understanding of the problems people face every day — and our teams are constantly generating promising new ideas to address them.
With support from our Social Ventures Team
With expertise in business, finance, technology, product design and consumer insight, Mercy Corps’ Social Ventures team turns ideas into scalable businesses in emerging markets, acting like an internal incubation and acceleration lab.
With you: Mercy Corps Social Venture Fund
Mercy Corps’ Social Venture Fund provides early-stage financing to build social businesses and drive them toward commercial viability. Supported through philanthropic donations, the Social Venture Fund advises and invests in Mercy Corps’ highest-potential emerging ventures — those that are able to demonstrate strong potential for financial sustainability, social impact and scale. Learn more and partner with us ▸
Through partnerships: Innovation Investment Alliance
Mercy Corps works with USAID and the Skoll Foundation to help proven, transformative and innovative organizations reach millions of people globally. Together, the Alliance invests in opportunities across the globe and in multiple sectors to create widespread positive transformation. Learn more ▸
Innovations: Our track record
Poverty. Hunger. Conflict. Mercy Corps sees the world’s toughest challenges as an invitation to bring big ideas and bold action together with local insight. But our goal is always the same: to strengthen families so they can build better lives.
What's possible when we think differently and pursue bold ideas? Our impact:
Stronger small businesses. Our specialized micro-insurance products and eight microfinance institutions have connected countless entrepreneurs with resources and expertise.
Bigger harvests. We bring together the right people — and technology — so farmers have the knowledge and tools they need to produce more and earn more.
Better family health. We make sure families have the products and information they need to stay healthy, whether it’s a microfranchise of mini health shops, or clean cookstoves and solar lanterns.
Kenya: Going mobile: How phones have become a critical farming tool
Climate disasters, poverty and a lack of resources have made farming in Kenya an increasingly unreliable livelihood. We're using technology to help them improve their odds.
Afghanistan: Solar power for all in Afghanistan
To help families and businesses access electricity -- and to help foster long-term economic growth -- Mercy Corps is bringing solar power to Afghanistan through a sustainable and thoughtful business model.
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): I'm a 25-year-old woman in Gaza. Learning to code changed my life.
Inside a small, buzzing office in the Gaza Strip, a new generation of geeks is writing code for companies around the world.
Nigeria: How to hack hate speech in Nigeria
At a Hate Speech Hackathon sponsored by Mercy Corps, young Nigerians came together to combat hate with code.
7 tech trends that are transforming humanitarian aid
As global needs mount, new advances in technology are beginning to offer solutions to massive humanitarian challenges. From drones and 3D printing to digital identity and virtual reality, here are seven trends that are already transforming humanitarian assistance around the world.
Jordan, Syria: What happens now: Connecting refugees to critical information on their phones
Watch the video to experience the journey of a refugee and learn how our innovative information app helps them along the way.
Ask an expert: Innovative responses to the global refugee crisis
How can technology and other innovations help address the global refugee crisis? Hear from Mercy Corps experts to find out.
Mercy Corps presents the first Global Envision Award to Vega Coffee
Mercy Corps is proud to give its first ever Global Envision Award to celebrate Vega Coffee, a company that exemplifies the private sector as a force for good in the world.
Syria: How can technology transform the refugee crisis?
From digital diplomas to biometric identity protection, read how Mercy Corps and Microsoft are exploring breakthrough technology to impact the refugee crisis.
Guatemala: Technology connects snow pea farmers to success
The export market is critical for snow pea farmers. To help them stay on the path to success, we’re connecting them to a new software that tracks their harvests.