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The benefits of community-led development in insecure environments
I have read a lot of research studies in my life, and so I know that lots of research seems to turn up things that we already knew. In some ways, that’s also the case with the study Mercy Corps is about to launch today.
Kyrgyzstan: Calm but underlying tension in Osh and Jalalabad
Here's what our country director, Catherine Brown, reported today:
Kyrgyzstan: Kompanion delivers food to beleaguered hospitals in Osh
Our microfinance company in Kyrgyzstan, Kompanion, has already organized and distributed $35,000 worth of food to hospitals in Osh. They're also collecting clothes to deliver. More than 1700 people have been reported injured by inter-ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan's second-largest city.
Pakistan: Mourning our tragic loss in Pakistan
We are deeply saddened by information we've received indicating the killing of one of our four abducted team members in Pakistan by his captors. Our colleague Habibullah was killed earlier this month after being abducted nearly four months ago. His family was informed of his death on Sunday.
Kyrgyzstan: Contagious violence
The civil unrest in Osh and Jalalabad brings great sadness to the country. Everyday more lives are lost, houses and businesses are destroyed and optimism is challenged.
Indonesia: Video: Our Work in Jakarta
There are so many ways to know whether a project could really have an impact in communities that we work in. The most frequent method use is, of course, conduct a base line assessment (output: numbers) and then conduct the end line assessment (output: numbers) and compare the two of them.
Haiti: Rooting for Messi!
Benoit Samuel, 9, is rooting for Lionel Messi – his favorite soccer player – who’s playing today for Argentina in the World Cup. Haiti doesn't have a team in the Cup, but that doesn't mean that Haitians across the country aren't watching their favorite teams: Argentina and Brazil.
Mongolia: D-z-u-d spells "disaster" for Mongolian herders
Ever heard of a "dzud"? It's pronounced zuhd, and it's an extraordinarily harsh Mongolian winter -- the kind where temperatures plummet, animals freeze to death, and you can enter your house only through the roof because that's how high the snow is.
Guatemala: Reaching 500+ flooded-out families in Guatemala with aid
Following the leader (a.k.a. My response to "Creative fundraising, part one")
Amazing that at Mercy Corps, despite being a diverse group of people scattered around the world, we come up with some remarkably similar ideas.