Why we should still care about failed states July 6, 2010
The "Failed States Index," published this week by Foreign Policy Magazine and the Fund for Peace, ranked Haiti No. 12 based on a combination of factors such as poor governance, economic distress and insecurity. Failed states are often recovering from traumas such as a massive natural disaster, economic shock or war that collapses their fragile foundations. Sometimes, failed states are simply mired in chronic poverty, corruption and insecurity.
Mercy Corps CEO named top entrepreneur June 21, 2010
Mercy Corps CEO Neal Keny-Guyer has been named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the social responsibility category for the Pacific Northwest. Keny-Guyer was selected from a field of nearly 60 nominations. As a finalist, he will be considered for the Ernst & Young’s national “Entrepreneur of the Year” award.
A Message to the West from Palestinian and Israeli Students May 25, 2010
"What message should we bring back home?" we asked the young Palestinian college students we met in Hebron on the West Bank. "The West thinks we are all uneducated, uncivilized...a bunch of terrorists. We are not. We want peace. Tell everyone what the real situation is here."
The starving can't wait May 20, 2010
A close observer of current events could be forgiven for thinking that world hunger is waning, given that the issue has largely disappeared from headlines since the global food crisis that led to riots in 2008. Sadly, the opposite is true. Continued high food prices, drought and a worldwide recession that has reduced remittances from immigrant workers in developing countries have all contributed to swelling the ranks of chronically hungry people.
Haiti relief: 'Cinema Under the Stars' helps Haitians move on May 17, 2010
CARREFOUR, HAITI—Eight-year-old Isma Widline hasn't had any homework since her school was one of 3,000 to collapse during the Jan. 12 Haiti earthquake. Electricity, thus television, is spotty, and a lot of her friends have left the area. So when she saw hundreds of people gathering around a podium assembled a few blocks from her house on a recent evening, she went to check things out.
Haiti: Haiti's non-governmental organizations fill in for shattered government May 14, 2010
In the first of two reports from Haiti, Dave Iverson of KQED in San Francisco describes Haiti's struggle to rebuild after the earthquake and the crucial role of non-government organizations in the relief effort. Listen: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/latin_america/jan-june10/haiti_05-13.html (Editor's note: interview includes Mercy Corps Haiti Country Director Bill Holbrook.)
India: The secret lives of Kashmir's beekeepers April 29, 2010
SRINAGAR, INDIA—When Afroza Qadir meets with friends, she's quick to talk about her part-time job as a dressmaker and catch up on day-to-day life in the seductive but tortured region of Kashmir. But when the 23-year-old is asked how she spends her free time these days, Qadir clams up. She says it's not cool to discuss her dreams of becoming a beekeeper. “Maybe when I'm making money then I will talk about it,” Qadir says, adjusting her black hijab and a mustard-coloured scarf for a photo.
Quake exacts a psychic toll April 19, 2010
At a makeshift clinic across from a sprawling tent camp here in the capital, earthquake victims lined up on a recent day, seeking care. But many weren't looking for help for physical wounds. "Most people are asking to see the psychiatrist," said Claire Gutierrez, a nurse working at the site set up by medical-aid organization Doctors Without Borders. Haiti is a a nation of shell-shocked people, haunted by the sights, sounds, and smells from the Jan. 12 quake. ...
Haiti: Haiti now also running low on world attention April 14, 2010
Getting a little behind on the spring landscaping? “When I look out the window,” says Bill Holbrook, “I see millions of metric tons of rubble.” And that’s progress.
Indonesia: Hot humanitarian: Chris Lin April 1, 2010
Food carts selling gourmet goodies like crème brulee are all the rage in the States. But in the slums of Jakarta, Indonesia, they've long been a popular way to eat on the go. Though the streets of Jakarta are awash in cheap eats, the meals are often lacking in nutrition. Mercy Corps Indonesia recently rolled out food carts stocked with healthy food and gussied up pro bono by the ad firm Saatchi & Saatchi in hopes of reaching hundreds of thousands of undernourished kids.