Mercy Corps is an international development agency that helps people in the world’s toughest placesturn the crises of natural disaster, poverty and conflict into opportunities for progress. Driven by local needs, our programs provide communities with the tools and support they need to transform their own lives. Our worldwide team of 3,700 professionals is improving the lives of 16.7 million people through programs and partnerships in more than 40 countries.
Mercy Corps’ Investment in Youth
Today, half the world’s population is under 25 – the largest proportion of young people ever recorded. Fully 80 percent of world youth live in developing countries. In the next decade, more than a billion young people will enter the global labor market, yet economists predict only 300 million new jobs.
Without access to the workforce and social fabric, this generation faces a major challenge. Because employment slone cannot absorb such a surge in labor supply, youth energy must be channeled towards other productive activities. Fortunately, young people are hungry to make a difference and can propel profound change in the world.
Given the demographic youth bulge worldwide, Mercy Corps recognizes the importance of engaging young people in achieving its mission of
building secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps facilitates young people’s successful transition to adulthood by increasing economic opportunities and financial independence. We believe in interventions which invest in local actors, address the aspirations of youth, and capitalize on their potential. Realizing that young people require tailored and innovative solutions, we support dynamic, cross-cutting youth economic development interventions. Our projects their potential. Realizing that young people require tailored and innovative solutions, we help young people across the globe develop useful skills and access opportunities to engage in social and economic development. We’re working to help youth earn a living and cultivate a sense of responsibility, identity, creativity and hope.
Mercy Corps defines youth as a period of
progression towards independent responsibil-
ity, which varies from 10 to 29 depending on
Mercy Corps Youth Transformation FrameworkTM
Mercy Corps in Kashmir
Mercy Corps supports programs that catalyze community-led and market-driven development in the Kashmir Valley. From agri-business development, promotion of the Information & Communications Technology sector, to youth programming and a range of local capacity building initiatives, our projects seek to help Kashmiris build a more secure, productive and just community for themselves