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Mercy Corps is an international, non-governmental humanitarian relief and development agency that exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people to build secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps was established in 1979, and has headquarters in the USA and UK. Since 1979, Mercy Corps has worked in over 100 countries. Mercy Corps currently works in 41 countries around the world and improving the lives of 19 million people.

The agency focuses on countries in transition, where countries are in the midst of – or recovering from – conflict, economic collapse, or disaster; Mercy Corps sees these crisis situations as moments of opportunity to go beyond traditional boundaries of relief and catalyze lasting change. Globally, Mercy Corps implements programs in a range of sectors, including: agriculture & food security; market development; emergency response; disaster risk reduction; climate change; health; conflict management; youth engagement; and, community mobilization/ governance.

We are Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps Nepal’s three-year country strategy is built upon our vision of inclusive and empowered
communities where Nepalese is able to thrive through equitable economic and social opportunities.

Program & Stories


Mercy Corps Nepal is managing the Managing Risk through Economic Development (M-RED) program, supported by Margaret A.Cargill Philanthropies. M-RED focuses on building disaster-resilient communities and aim to accelerate the replication and scale of the disaster-readiness approach in target geographies through a multi-pronged strategy: increasing self-sustaining disaster readiness capacities in target communities, accelerating expansion in new communities, and influencing the enabling conditions needed to promote sustainability, replication, and scale while promoting innovation through early action and localization.

M-RED uniquely work by combining contemporary community-based Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) approaches and livelihood (“nexus interventions”) and provide a strength to the communities by bonding, bridging and linking the communities to different Public, Private and Civil Societies. Also known as one of the Resilience flagships programs of Mercy Corps, M-RED will implement in eight Local Governments of two districts (Kailali and Kanchanpur) in Sudurpaschim Province in partnership with three local-level implementing partners, one technical partner and leveraging work with other donor programs, and key initiatives from the Government of Nepal. The new phase built upon successes and lessons of previous phases, other DRR/CCA programs, but with new and heavier emphasis on localization, transformation, nature-based solutions and early actions.


Through ZURICH FLOOD RESILIENCE, Mercy Corps leads advocacy in Nepal by working with local and sub-national governments to improve investment and policy for flood resilience. Mercy Corps works with other ZFRA partners – Practical Action and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, as well as Mercy Corps’ Managing Risks through Economic Development (M-RED) program.

By collecting learnings from Alliance partners, and aligning M-RED program, Mercy Corps Nepal conducts research and training to support systemic changes in governance systems. The team is integrating the Flood Resilience Measurement for Communities (FRMC) into existing work to ensure interventions enhance resilience building. In 2021 Mercy Corps is expanding work in Nepal in 14 communities.

We are working with sub-national and municipal governments in the Sudurpashchim Province to support budgeting and expenditure for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation activities.


World Food Program (WFP) Nepal as a lead/prime organization in partnership with Mercy Corps and other partners is implementing a four-year School Feeding Program funded by USDA McGovern Dole Food for Education Programme (FFEP). Under the FFEP, Mercy Corps provides strategic leadership for program’s two of the sub-activities ‘Local Purchase of Food: Hybrid Food Basket’ and ‘Home Grown School Feeding: Technical Assistance Post-Hand Over’. The aim of the Mercy Corps’ interventions is to facilitate the development of a fully sustainable and locally managed food system for schools. This includes designing and implementing the strategy and detailed roadmap for schools to self-manage a cash-based program where they locally procure and manage relationships and contracts with local producers, cooperatives and suppliers to supply the appropriate and necessary school meal food items during relevant timeframes. The program activities links school feeding programs to smallholder farmers, farmer’s cooperatives, school management, community groups and local government to enhance the program’s long-term sustainability. The target area of the program covers five districts in the Sudurpachhim Province (Darchula, Bajhang, Doti, Achham, and Bajura) and one district in the Karnali Province (Jajarkot).


BHAKARI supported communities, households, and individuals in their journey to self-reliance while reducing the overall humanitarian caseload of the Karnali River Basin area.

Mercy Corps Nepal managed the BHAKARI program, supported by USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA). BHAKARI was a unique model as a Multi-Year Emergency program, focusing on both increasing long-term food security while also responding to short-term emergency shocks, via an integrated, multi-sectoral approach with a strong emphasis on gender and social inclusion. Key sectors include disaster risk reduction, integrated agriculture, watershed management, and emergency assistance, and was implemented in partnership with six district-level implementing partners, three national-level technical partners, and one international social enterprise partner, taking careful advantage to leverage work with other USAID implementers, donor programs, and key initiatives from the Government of Nepal.


PAHAL stands for Promoting Agriculture, Health and Alternative Livelihoods. It is a five-year USAID initiative designed to achieve food security among vulnerable populations in 14 districts in the middle and high hills of Mid and Far Western Nepal. PAHAL is a Food for Peace (FFP) Development Food Assistance Project (DFAP) within the USAID/Nepal’s Community Resilience Program. Resilience is defined as the capacity of communities in complex socio-ecological systems to learn, cope, adapt and transform in the face of shocks and stresses.

Resilience Plus

Resilience Plus was a programme funded via the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) Nepal Emergency Response Framework (NERF) to ensure that COVID-19-related resilience of vulnerable households is strengthened and maintained into the monsoon season through coordinated cash and voucher assistance with integrated access to improved nutrition and protection services and linkages to safety nets.

Programme activities were undertaken by 7 consortium members, including 2 International NGOs, Mercy Corps (Consortium leader) and Plan International, and 5 district-based partner NGOs, namely Banke UNESCO Club, Rural Society Development Centre, Rural Development Centre Nepal, NEEDS Nepal, and Mandwi. The programme worked in partnership with 171 local merchants as well as a financial service provider (FSP), Prabhu Bank. The programme covered 6 districts (Sunsari, Dhanusha, Rautahat, Bardiya, Kailali and Kanchanpur) and local partners coordinated programme activities with palika and ward level officials, in collaboration with the protection committees in each of the 14 palikas.


Supporting the Education of Marginalized Girls in Kailali (STEM II) is a DFID funded program focused on marginalized girls in Kailali district. The project aims to improve the life changes of marginalized girls in Kailali through a series of proven interventions centred on the Theory of Change (ToC). Programme activities include: campaigning to promote girls’ education; training school teachers, school management personnel and parents; upgrading school infrastructure; offering vocational training and business start-up loans; delivering critical academic support through after school classes in English, Maths, Science and project tailored life skills and sexual and reproductive health to girls; and providing financial literacy, vocational training and employment opportunities to help girls transition from school into employment. In addition to marginalized girls, STEM will work with boys, teachers, SMC and PTA members, parents and community members to ensure that girls have an enabling and supportive environment and that increased access to economic opportunities coupled with learning will lead to economic empowerment for girls.

Mercy Corps Nepal COVID-19 Second Wave – Emergency Response

As Nepal braces for the second wave of Covid 19. Mercy Corps Nepal team have launched an immediate response in its working districts od Sudurpaschim and Karnali Province. MCN has provided masks, face shields, sanitizers, PPE, and bottled water to provincial health clusters and local governments.


Sharkibada of Jumla is a quaint little village perched on the steep hills of Tila Rural Municipality with not more than 100 households. The village is 15 minutes hike off the main highway after a half an hours drive from the district headquarters of Jumla.

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