Lebanon, Syria: Syria's traumatized refugee children will be the ones to rebuild their country August 24, 2013
Mercy Corps' Cassandra Nelson talks about child refugees in Lebanon: The UNHCR has announced that we have reached the one millionth Syrian child refugee mark. It is a terrifying statistic if you really digest it and don't just read it as a sanitized account of a tragic war.
Egypt, West Bank and Gaza: 15 Middle East accelerators to watch August 22, 2013
An MIT Business Plan Competition, a Google GOOG +0.81% fund for entrepreneurs and several startup weekends – no, this isn’t Silicon Valley, but the Middle East, where the region’s burgeoning startup habitat is ripe for investment. Meet the incubators, accelerators and investors supporting the Middle East's burgeoning startup habitat. ....Gaza Sky Geeks Created by Portland-based Mercy Corps, Gaza Sky Geeks is an accelerator funded and mentored by the likes of Google and Portland's Rogue Venture Partners. It will host its first class in 2013...
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Syria refugee crisis captured In shocking infographic August 16, 2013
Almost 2 million Syrians have already fled their war-torn country since the start of the civil war in 2011. This year, an average of 6,000 Syrians a day have left the country in search of shelter. To give a sense of just how dire the Syrian refugee crisis has become, humanitarian group Mercy Corps released an infographic this week to illustrate the magnitude of the problem.
Guest: How U.S. foreign aid can feed more for less August 2, 2013
Foreign-aid debates can quickly get complicated. Should the U.S. provide aid to Egypt after political upheaval there? How can we assist Syrians trapped by conflict? Can building better schools and more productive farms also create stability in fragile states like Afghanistan? These are difficult, complex questions with no easy answers. But some aid debates are just not that complicated.
West Bank and Gaza: Gaza Sky Geeks to launch under guidance of Portland-based Mercy Corps July 24, 2013
Startups the world over possess much the same relentless DNA. Take, for example, the scene in the Palestinian city of Gaza, where political crises are frequent and electricity can be unpredictable. No matter what's going on, you can count on the area's growing number of tech geeks to program and strategize around the clock, planning startups that may one day make successful, big-dollar exits. That entrepreneurial spirit is the future of Gaza, hope the people behind the new startup accelerator Gaza Sky Geeks.
Jordan, Syria: Warwick native working to help Syrian refugees in Jordan July 8, 2013
WARWICK — In the midst of the refugee crisis in Jordan brought about by Syrians fleeing the civil war in their country, a Warwick native is working to alleviate human suffering. Robert Maroni is the Mercy Corps country director for Jordan. That puts him in charge of the nongovernmental organization’s efforts to take care of a flood of refugees that doesn’t show any sign of abating. The death toll from the war was recently estimated at nearly 100,000, so there’s incentive to get out of the line of fire.
Central African Republic: Rights group accuses Central African Republic rebels of abuses June 28, 2013
Rebels in Central African Republic have razed villages, torched homes and murdered civilians in violence across neglected rural areas that began before they seized power in March and continues today, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Friday. Thousands of fighters from the Seleka rebel coalition led by Michel Djotodia, who is now the country's interim leader, marched into the riverside capital Bangui on March 24, forcing President Francois Bozize to flee.
Central African Republic: Attacks compound C. African Republic aid crisis June 28, 2013
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Fighters in Central African Republic have destroyed dozens of villages since February, compounding a humanitarian crisis that affects the country's entire population of 4.6 million people, human rights and aid groups said Friday. The organizations said the international community has largely turned its back on a country that was plunged into a new round of instability when the Seleka rebel coalition ousted President Francois Bozize in March.
West Bank and Gaza: Tech entrepreneurship in Gaza: Generating hope, galvanizing new opportunity June 25, 2013
The following guest post is by Andy Dwonch, Senior Director for Social Innovations at Mercy Corps.
West Bank and Gaza: In hi-tech, Gaza Sky Geeks sees way to break through isolation June 5, 2013
Reem Omran, a petite dynamo with impeccable English and sparkly gold shoes, has grand plans to grow bushels of Gaza entrepreneurs. Given the tough conditions of working in this tiny coastal territory with no port of its own, her ideas and optimism may sound fanciful.