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...
Afghanistan, Colombia, Somalia: Jobs alone are not enough to keep youth away from violence
It is a commonly held idea – jobs keep young people from participating in violence. The thinking goes that if there are ample opportunities, people will choose not to fight. Trouble is, that is not actually the case. Lack of work doesn’t open the door to political violence, according to a new report by Mercy Corps.
Syria: UN has failed Syria: NGOs
BEIRUT, 12 March 2015 (IRIN) - The United Nations Security Council has “failed” the Syrian people, according to some of the world’s largest NGOs... Nigel Pont, regional director for the Middle East at Mercy Corps, said the divided Security Council had failed to apply sufficient political pressure to resolve the Syrian crisis.
Syria: Live Q&A: After four years of war in Syria, what’s the plan for refugees?
In January, Syria overtook Afghanistan to become the biggest source of refugees in the world. After four years of war, 200,000 are dead, nine million have fled their homes and more people have left the country than during the wars in Iraq, Sudan and Somalia.... Panel... Benedict Dempsey, director of policy and advocacy, Mercy Corps, London, UK, @mercycorps_uk Benedict is a humanitarian advocacy, policy and media specialist with an interest in reforming the humanitarian sector to cope with future crises...
Indonesia: Why urban climate change resilience is critical to Asia
Today, more than a half of the earth’s population live in cities. As a result of climate change and urbanisation, natural and human-made disasters are increasing in frequency and intensity, and the urban poor are often the most affected by these calamities.
Nicaragua: A quest to end hunger among coffee growers
When specialty coffee buyers visit coffee bean farmers, they usually want to taste the coffee for the flavor nuances, discuss price differentials, volumes, and delivery months. They don’t usually ask whether the kids are going hungry. Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (Keurig) doesn’t want to leave that question unasked anymore. And the company is not alone...