Mercy Corps

The Alliance for International Youth Development (AIYD) is a community of practice and advocacy coalition of leading U.S.- based youth and community development organizations.

Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.

What We Do

Mercy Corps helps people turn the crises they confront into the opportunities they deserve. Driven by local needs, our programs provide communities in the world’s toughest places with the tools and support they need to transform their own lives. Our worldwide team in 41 countries is improving the lives of 19 million people.
Our Work
In the World’s Toughest Places
Mercy Corps works in the toughest places on the planet. Failing states like Somalia and Zimbabwe. Conflict zones like Afghanistan, Congo and Iraq. And countries that have endured natural disasters, like Pakistan and Haiti. In these places, a child’s life is often at risk. A woman’s education is usually ignored. A family’s livelihood is never a sure thing. These conditions threaten the welfare of neighbor-hoods, towns, provinces, countries and entire regions. 
To these important and imperiled places Mercy Corps brings relief, recovery and development. For 32 years, we have helped people grappling with the toughest hardships survive – and then thrive. That’s the heart of our approach: we help communities turn crisis into opportunity. 
Decades of field experience have shown us the most effective ways to support that transformation. We know that local people are the best agents of their own change and that local markets are often the fastest, most durable drivers of economic recovery. That’s why we listen to what communities need and prioritize their most important projects. It’s why we often partner with local organizations – and why our program teams are 95 percent staffed by local people. 
Mercy Corps approaches each challenge with an open mind and a bias for action. We listen to local people and prioritize their most urgent needs. We fix gaps to get markets up and running. We think big, start small and take responsible risks to find solutions that benefit the greatest number of people.
Impact and Accountability
Since 1979, Mercy Corps has provided $2.5 billion in assistance to people in 114 nations. In fiscal 2011 (July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011), the resources of our global operations totaled $341 million.
We take efficient stewardship very seriously: over the past five years, 88 percent of our resources have been allocated directly to programs that help people in need.
Where We Work

Supported by headquarters offices in North America and Europe, Mercy Corps works in the following 40 countries:
Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe
Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, United States
Afghanistan, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea (DPRK), Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste
Balkans/Caucasus/Central Asia
Georgia, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan
Middle East
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen
Media Inquiries: 
Salma Bahramy
Senior Communications Officer
Jessica Wattman, Senior Youth and Peacebuilding Advisor
Member Address: 1730 Rhode Island Ave NW Suite 809 | Washington, DC 20036

Phone: +1 202.463.7383
Email: Please contact via phone or website.