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Managing Risk Through Economic Development (M-RED)

Mercy Corps is implementing the Managing Risk through Economic Development (M-RED) Program with 64 vulnerable communities in Nepal and Timor-Leste to develop a more sustainable disaster risk reduction (DRR) approach directly linked to economic security. The program aims to simultaneously reduce the human and economic toll of natural disasters while building resilience and reducing poverty. The 3-year M-RED program is funded by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

Target Areas
In Nepal,the M-RED program targets 34 communities from 15 VDCs across four districts in the Far West (Kailali, Kanchanpur, Dadeldhura and Baitadi). The area includes low land Terai (plains), which are regularly hit by severe seasonal flooding and river cutting,as well as communities in the middle hills, which suffer landslides, floods and drought. Communities in the Far West are comprised largely of marginalized groups and ethnic minorities.

M-RED is also connected to a portfolio of ORR and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) programs implemented by Mercy Corps Indonesia. The program has documentation and learning objective which is aimed at capturing best practices from these related programs in the region to ensure learning is shared across all three country programs.


Method and Approach
M-RED will work primarily through community-level Disaster Management Committees in the 64 target communities to adopt practices for hazard preparedness and, where appropriate, early warning and contingency planning. By combining market development approaches with best practices of community-based DRR, the program will support development of disaster mitigation plans informed by a participatory disaster risk assessment that incorporates specific assessment of livelihood and economic development opportunities. Detailed market assessments will also be conducted on high-value/high-demand plants, crops or other products that are identified as suitable for hazard mitigation purposes and/or are more resilient to anticipated shocks.


Communities preparing low cost mitigation works

Research and Partnership

Mercy Corps is partnered with the Causal Design (CD) based in Washington DC, USA to provide M-RED with technical support on the evaluation of the impact of this integrated ORR and economic development model. The research agenda will measure M-RED's impact on both risk reduction and economic development; whether the model has a more sustainable impact than traditional ORR approaches, and in what ways the model contributes to enhancing the overall resilience of these hazard-prone communities. The research will also evaluate the success factors of the integrated model for replication.

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