Ukraine: Local Aid To Eastern Ukraine
Since early 2014, the conflict in Eastern Ukraine between Russian separatists and the Ukrainian military has left thousands of residents without basic human necessities and driven more than 1.8 million people to flee their homes. As the Ukrainian government struggles to quell the violence, volunteers and nonprofit groups have organized to provide food, water, medical attention, and essential household supplies to those who remain. But due to travel restrictions and worsening conditions, help has been slow to arrive.
Good Morning Scotland
Mercy Corps's Executive Director & Senior VP for Global Partnerships, Simon O'Connell, is interviewed on the agency's emergency response in Ukraine at 56 minutes.
Ethiopia: Religion and money: is Islamic banking the way forward for Ethiopians?
Islam is the world’s second largest religion with more than 1.5 billion followers, making up more than 23% of the world’s population. Of these, 650 million Muslims hover at or below the poverty line. But although Islamic-compliant finance is a huge industry globally, when the international community talks about improving access to financial services in developing countries, making services Islamic-compliant is rarely top of the agenda.
Philippines: BanKO wins Global Mobile Award in GSMA for e-transfer platform
MANILA, Philippines—BPI Globe BanKO, the Philippines’ first mobile microsavings bank and a joint venture of Globe Telecom and BPI, bagged the award for Best Use of Mobile in Emergency and Humanitarian Situations at the 20th Global Mobile Awards held in Barcelona, Spain.
Syria: Stranded Syrians at "serious risk" of losing refugee status in Lebanon
SAIDA, 16 March 2015 (IRIN) - Hundreds of thousands of Syrians in Lebanon are at risk of losing their refugee status due to new visa rules, the United Nations has warned... George Antoun, Lebanon Country Director at the NGO Mercy Corps, said he was concerned about the potential increase in people not renewing their UNHCR documents. “If people have the means to be legal I would say 100 percent of them want to be legal. I haven’t talked to anyone who would be illegal on purpose. But if you don’t have the means, what choice do you have...
Syria: 12 ways to ensure a more secure future for Syria’s refugees
Push for an end to the conflict: The only way the Syrian refugee crisis will be fully resolved in the long term is through a durable political solution. To date, the UN security council and other power brokers have focused on humanitarian action because it’s easier to agree on providing humanitarian assistance. But no matter how effective the humanitarian response, it is no substitute for a long-term political resolution. Benedict Dempsey, director of policy and advocacy, Mercy Corps, London, UK, @mercycorps_uk...
Syria: 'If not us, then who?' In the bull's-eye of ISIS
New York (CNN)Kayla Mueller, Peter Kassig, Alan Henning, David Haines -- just a few of the aid workers who have been abducted and killed by ISIS in the past year. The exact number of aid workers currently being held is unknown; a level of secrecy tends to surround details of those currently captive. What we do know is ISIS holds at least one female aid worker, and possibly more. The International Federation of the Red Cross confirmed three aid workers who disappeared in October 2013 remain missing, but would not comment on their identities or who kidnapped them...
Afghanistan, Colombia, Somalia: International Development’s Awkward Stage
We all know that children are the future. We have seen the commercials picturing heartbreaking photos of children in need or adorable youngsters with the brightest of dreams, and asking for donations to support them. Such attention has made a difference. Children globally are healthier and better educated than at any time in human history. According to a 2014 U.N. report on the Millennium Development Goals, the enrollment rate in primary education in developing regions increased from 83 percent to 90 percent over just the last decade.
DR Congo: Mercy Corps chief Neal Keny-Guyer says most aid fails to address root causes
For today’s Humanosphere podcast, East Coast correspondent Tom Murphy speaks with Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO of the Oregon-based Mercy Corps. For decades, humanitarian organizations like Mercy Corps have dedicated significant time and effort to support the Democratic Republic of the Congo stabilize after years of conflict. The North Kivu Province in particular is place where humanitarian interventions have sought to diffuse conflict and generate better lives for people in the region.
Syria: Drawn-Out Syrian Civil War Spawns A Literal Dark Age
The conflict in Syria is entering its fifth year, and two new reports suggest it just keeps getting worse for civilians there... "It has the danger of people switching off, because it's hard to imagine what can be done," says Nigel Pont, who is stationed in Beirut for Mercy Corps. "While we are not able to put an end to this war, and while we can't alleviate everyone's suffering, we are able to help millions of people a year...