West Bank and Gaza: Gaza's first startups offered acceleration and funding December 4, 2013
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.
Philippines: Xylem Watermark and nonprofit partners bring support, infrastructure and relief to Typhoon Haiyan survivors November 21, 2013
Xylem Inc., a leading global water technology company focused on addressing the world’s most challenging water issues, in partnership with Mercy Corps and Planet Water Foundation, announced today it is providing safe water and sanitation solutions to support survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Statement of 66 organizations in support of the Humanitarian Assistance Facilitation Act of 2013 November 19, 2013
"Through the speedy passage of HAFA, Congress can take an important step to ensure the responsible and efficient delivery of humanitarian aid, facilitate programs that work to end armed conflict, and prevent future slowdowns in aid and peace-building caused by existing laws and bureaucracy."
Philippines: Mercy Corps deploys to the Philippines November 13, 2013
Mark Ferdig, a Senior Team Leader for Mercy Corps joins us on the show. He is heading to The Philippines to help with logistical support in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
Philippines: Mercy Corps Dispatches Disaster Relief Team To The Philippines November 12, 2013
Mercy Corps has dispatched a disaster response team to the Philippines. The Portland-based aid agency says it already has two workers there to help with typhoon relief, and more on the way. Mercy Corps’ Michael Bowers says the team is focused on quickly figuring out where gaps in aid are, and filling them. Bowers is senior director for global emergencies and is headed to the Philippines now. He says access to clean water is a primary concern, followed closely by food and shelter. It’s estimated that the typhoon left more than 650,000 people homeless.
Philippines: The Suffering of the Philippines: 2 Charities to Consider November 11, 2013
Of course natural disasters do not operate with deliberate cruelty. But it is hard not to imagine that they do, considering how often the countries and communities already hardest-pressed are the ones that bear the brunt of earthquakes, typhoons, earthquakes, landslides, floods.
Philippines: Portland-based Mercy Corps sends team responding to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines November 10, 2013
Mercy Corps, the Portland-based relief organization, is sending an assessment team to the Philippines, where a typhoon has devastated the country’s midsection. Two staff members are preparing to depart as soon as possible, and more could follow, Lindsay Murphy, a Mercy Corps spokeswoman, said Sunday.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: The world must not turn a blind eye to Syria's struggling families November 8, 2013
It was 4 a.m. in the dusty courtyard of the Raba'a al Sarhan transit center near the border between Jordan and Syria. At the far end of the dark courtyard, I saw a long line of people, refugees who had crossed the border at night, waiting to be registered. They were caked in dirt and eerily quiet – even the babies – seemingly dazed by the terror of their flight across the Jordanian border under cover of darkness. At their feet were tattered, overstuffed suitcases and bags tied with rope.
Egypt: After Tahrir: The Next Generation November 7, 2013
...Nearly a quarter of the government’s budget is spent on energy subsidies:Egyptians currently pay about a quarter of the real energy costs of the country, something that may change very soon given the current political and economic climate. More than 25 per cent of the country lives below the national poverty line, and yet such are the state of Egypt’s schools, citizens spend as much as $3bn annually on private tutors. According to the country’s central statistics bureau, the unemployment rate among Egyptians aged 20-24 has reached 39 per cent.
Myanmar: MasterCard expands its business literacy program in Myanmar with Mercy Corps November 5, 2013
Women entrepreneurs will benefit from new funding to support business literacy initiatives in rural Myanmar, MasterCard announced today.