Syria: Washington native to receive the 2014 World Citizen Award March 4, 2014
Tonight, the World Affairs Council will honor Mercy Corps co-founder Dan O'Neill with its World Citizen Award. According to the Council, the "annual award recognizes an outstanding Washington State citizen who has contributed to solving a global problem, shown leadership in promoting international understanding in our community, and provided inspirational international service."
Egypt: The spirit of the Egyptian revolution can still be felt through its female entrepreneurs February 28, 2014
SAKKARA, Egypt – When Um Abdullah, a farmer in this rural village, heard that a new agricultural organization had organized a date festival in a nearby village marketplace, she immediately climbed her date trees, picked a basketful of dates, and hurried to the market to take part. Since that moment Um Abdullah has been working with the organization, Nawaya, on a variety of new agricultural practices to create higher-value products and increase her income.
Syria: Syria on track to become world's largest source of refugees February 28, 2014
A photo from Syria is grabbing the world's attention: a sea of people lining up for food amid the rubble of a Palestinian refugee camp inside Syria... ...Aid groups need to start looking at the long-term needs of host countries, like Jordan and Lebanon, says Nigel Pont of Mercy Corps. "This is a refugee crisis that isn't going away," Pont says. "The bordering countries are being destabilized both by the conflict and by the refugee presence itself, and there's a real need to invest in the communities."
Davos shines a light on financial inclusion via electronic payments February 26, 2014
When I boarded the plane heading to Davos for my first time at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting, I was excited for the week ahead and unsure what to expect. While I was there, I was impressed by the attention paid to financial inclusion and the recognition that electronic payments can drive a smarter, more transparent and more inclusive economy. With half of all adults around the world lacking something as simple as a bank account, there is agreement that something must be done...
West Bank and Gaza: Palestinian connection February 26, 2014
Outside of Silicon Valley, one of the most vibrant places for technological innovation is Israel. And while it is early days and tiny by comparison, another entrepreneurial ecosystem is emerging on the far side of Israeli military checkpoints: the West Bank now boasts about 300 firms operating in the information-technology (IT) industry...
Syria: Public urged to voice their outrage and demand action to prevent a lost generation in Syria February 24, 2014
NEW YORK, 24 February 2014 – UNICEF, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Mercy Corps, Save the Children and World Vision today issued an impassioned appeal to the general public, urging it to voice its outrage at the devastating impact on children and alarming long-term consequences of a lost generation as the conflict in Syria approaches its fourth year.
Syria: Syrian Civil War and Humanitarian Crisis February 21, 2014
Senior diplomatic officials and regional experts described the growing refugee crisis caused by the Syrian civil war. Representatives from Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, and Turkey, all of which border Syria, talked about the effects of the refuges on their countries' resources, political dynamics, economics, and social structures. Kelly Clements of the State Department talked about the role of U.S. policy in the region. She said the rate of refugees flowing out of Syria was unlike anything the world had seen since the Rwanda genocide of the 1990's.
Dan O’Neill gathers an army of compassion with Mercy Corps February 14, 2014
WASHINGTON — “There are some stories that can never be told. This is one of them.” So began a gut-wrenching report from Goma, Zaire, by correspondent Jim Wooten on ABC-TV’s “Nightline” in 1994. “It is all too much,” Wooten said, “a calamity of such epic proportions, so massive in size and scope that the truth of it is far beyond journalism’s reach.” Perhaps. Still, a question arises: Difficult as the Rwanda story is to tell, has network news done all it can to tell it?
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: OPINIÓN: Por qué Siria necesita a George Clooney January 30, 2014
Beirut, Líbano (CNN) - Siria necesita muchas cosas en este momento. Una de ellas es George Clooney. Permítanme explicarles. Como lo dejaron en claro las conversaciones en Ginebra II esta semana, no hay un final a la vista para la sangrienta guerra de tres años en Siria. Mientras tanto, mas de 100.000 personas han muerto, el país está destruido, y millones de sirios han huido de sus casas, la mitad de ellos, niños.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Why Syria needs George Clooney January 30, 2014
Beirut, Lebanon (CNN) -- Syria needs lots of things right now. One of them is George Clooney. Let me explain. As the Geneva II talks this week made clear, there is no end in sight for the bloody three-year war in Syria. In the meantime, more than 100,000 people have been killed, the country is destroyed, and millions of Syrians have fled their homes, half of them children. This is the defining war and humanitarian crisis of this decade, which was underscored by my visit to Syrian refugees here this week...