Mercy Corps

Semester: 2007 Fall

Students: Amy Gordon & Tina Rad

Mercy Corps works amid disasters, conflicts, chronic poverty and instability to unleash the potential of people who can win against nearly impossible odds.

In a number of the countries where Mercy Corps works, the staff confronts land conflict issues. In some cases, they have designed specific programs to address the land conflict but in other cases, there is no specific program in place to address land conflict directly. The purpose of this project was to collect information on best practices from countries where Mercy Corps and other agencies manage land conflicts.

Our work

Step 1: Communicate with country staff about the type of land conflicts they confront.

Step 2: Research how Mercy Corps as well as other international nongovernmental organizations manage land conflict.

Step 3:Develop a document proposing a best-practice field manual for understanding and addressing land disputes in a humanitarian context.

Final Product

A draft ‘framework for action’ on how to approach land disputes in a humanitarian context.

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