Mercy Corps Research and Resources

Mercy Corps’ work across the world is carried out through the lens of various technical sectors, combining to create a holistic approach that helps communities meet their challenges. We have a strong commitment to the monitoring and evaluation of these projects — by internal and external evaluators — to ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of our work. Mercy Corps is also committed to sharing its best practices and lessons learned with the broader non-governmental organization (NGO) community. In this section, you will find case studies, evaluations, reports and other technical documents about our programs.

World Health Organization’s WASH program

WHO publishes reports, best practices, and guidelines.

WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program (JMP)

The WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation is responsible for global monitoring of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The SDGs, also known as Global Goals, build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The new Goals are unique in that they call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.


2017 Devex Hiring Trends Report: The Job Seeker’s Guide to Development Recruiting

Finding a job in global development is more competitive than ever. Trends like localization, shifts in funding and private sector engagement are changing the employment landscape and impacting the opportunities available and skills and experience in demand. As the media platform for the global development community, and the go-to resource for talent and recruiting needs, we have a pulse on these hiring trends and what they mean for professionals and their careers.

The Price is Wrong: Charging small fees dramatically reduces access to important products for the poor.

Report by The Poverty Action Lab

blueEnergy Community Climate Change Adaption Plan

“Here is one example of a community climate change adaptation plan. It was developed and approved by the community members themselves for implementation with the guidance and support of blueEnergy. It provides an interesting insight into our participatory roadmap planning and execution strategy.” – Andrew Clark, blueEnergy US Director

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The Foreign Assistance Agency Briefs

US foreign assistance plays a critical role in furthering our security and economic interests, and is an important expression of American values and a manifestation of US global leadership. As the political climate continues to shift, it is increasingly important to understand the nuances of each development agency’s role and comparative advantage within the broader and complex US assistance apparatus.

The US Development Policy Initiative at CGD has created the Foreign Assistance Agency Briefs for policymakers, researchers, advocates, and others that work on these issues and these agencies. Each brief outlines each agency’s mission and role, structure, historical budget, programs, and mechanisms for delivering foreign assistance.

The State of Global Partnerships Report

The Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships (S/GP) is a center of excellence for collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, the public and private sectors, and civil society. Founded in 2008 on the recommendation by the Advisory Committee for Transformational Diplomacy, S/GP capitalizes on the significant opportunities offered by partners beyond the Department to advance foreign policy goals and expand the scope and effectiveness of the Department’s initiatives. Non-traditional partners include businesses, philanthropy, and community organizations that have become a core feature of 21st century statecraft as outlined in the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. S/GP engages the private sector to advance the Secretary of State’s top policy priorities as well as works to institutionalize private sector collaboration throughout the rest of the Department. S/GP uses partnerships in innovative ways to add integral value to the Department of State’s mission by strengthening U.S. diplomacy and development around the world, tapping new networks and technologies, and leveraging specialized expertise. Public-private partnerships have become a critical tool which enables the USG to leverage the innovation, resources, and solutions-driven approach of the private sector.