Central African Republic: Humanitarian community calls for congressional hearing on crisis in Central African Republic
Against the backdrop of a devastating humanitarian emergency and continued violence in Central African Republic, Mercy Corps and six other international humanitarian organizations are calling on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee to hold a hearing on the worsening situation.
Key international food aid reform passes in spending bill, say leading aid groups
Seventeen international development, relief and advocacy organizations released a joint statement today applauding the funding levels for international food assistance and reforms that would allow these programs to reach even more people.
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: The power of mediation
It is time to rethink our assistance in protracted crises so that we can begin to tap into the positive potential of refugee communities, rather than crossing our fingers and hoping against hope they won't become spoilers down the road. One example is a program implemented by Mercy Corps. In addition to humanitarian assistance in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq Mercy Corps provides mediation training to Syrian refugee leaders and host communities in a pocket of northern Jordan so they can address tensions that emerge over issues such as employment and housing.
Philippines: BanKO offers mobile money for Yolanda victims
BPI Globe BanKO (BanKO) has partnered with the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps to provide mobile cash transfers to victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). BanKO is a joint venture thrift bank and the first mobile-based, microfinance-focused bank.
Egypt: Entrepreneurs try to start a technological revolution in Egypt
CAIRO — Egypt’s path to building a new future has always had its obstacles, and so it wasn’t much of a surprise for participants to the opening of the country’s first entrepreneurship summit, RiseUp Egypt, when they learned that all of the streets entering the event were blocked.
Central African Republic: French-backed forces try to stem bloodshed In CAR
As a Humanitarian aid worker, Su'ad Jarbawi of Mercy Corps isn't used to lobbying for a well armed international force. But with the conflict in Central African Republic taking on dangerous sectarian tones, that's precisely what she was doing here in Washington.
Central African Republic: World must act fast to help C.Africa: aid group
The global community needs to move fast to stop the violence in Central African Republic spiraling out of control and must send in international peacekeeping troops to restore security, a leading US aid organization said Monday.
Ethiopia, Somalia: 3 vital factors that really matter in building resilience
When a combination of crises struck Somalia in 2010, famine left millions in need of emergency assistance. Drought, political instability, conflict, and food price spikes all contributed to what was described as a ”vision of hell.” Dead livestock dotted fields of cracked earth. Emaciated refugees walked for days to reach camps such as Dadaab as eastern Kenya. And desperate mothers faced a Sophie’s choice: To save healthy children, they let the weak ones starve.
West Bank and Gaza: Mercy Corps brings startup accelerator fervor to Gaza
The startup accelerator phenomenon that has taken root in Portland isn’t limited to the U.S., and with the help of Portland-based Mercy Corps the idea is being taken to the Gaza Strip. Two tech startups have been selected for Gaza Sky Geeks an accelerator in Gaza City run through a partnership between Mercy Corps and Oasis500, an early stage investor in the Middle East and North Africa.
West Bank and Gaza: Gaza's first startups offered acceleration and funding
For the first time ever, startups from Gaza have been accepted to receive acceleration and seed investment. After reviewing 164 applications from Gazan entrepreneurs, accelerator Gaza Sky Geeks conducted several rounds of pitches, bootcamps, and mentorship sessions to narrow down the field to two startups.