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...
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.
Why Davos matters January 26, 2014
"Rarified as this meeting is, Davos and gatherings like it advance peace and progress. If you harbor doubts, take another look." In a guest post, CEO Neal-Keny Guyer shares his thoughts on the importance of partnership to advance social change.
South Sudan: NGOs welcome ceasefire agreement in South Sudan, reaffirm their commitment to help all populations in need of assistance January 25, 2014
Fifty-five major humanitarian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in South Sudan have expressed their deep concern about the current humanitarian situation in the country and reaffirmed their commitment to help all civilian populations in need of assistance.
Central African Republic: Humanitarian community calls for congressional hearing on crisis in Central African Republic January 18, 2014
Against the backdrop of a devastating humanitarian emergency and continued violence in Central African Republic, Mercy Corps and six other international humanitarian organizations are calling on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee to hold a hearing on the worsening situation.
Key international food aid reform passes in spending bill, say leading aid groups January 17, 2014
Seventeen international development, relief and advocacy organizations released a joint statement today applauding the funding levels for international food assistance and reforms that would allow these programs to reach even more people.
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: The power of mediation January 7, 2014
It is time to rethink our assistance in protracted crises so that we can begin to tap into the positive potential of refugee communities, rather than crossing our fingers and hoping against hope they won't become spoilers down the road. One example is a program implemented by Mercy Corps. In addition to humanitarian assistance in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq Mercy Corps provides mediation training to Syrian refugee leaders and host communities in a pocket of northern Jordan so they can address tensions that emerge over issues such as employment and housing.
Philippines: BanKO offers mobile money for Yolanda victims December 24, 2013
BPI Globe BanKO (BanKO) has partnered with the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps to provide mobile cash transfers to victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). BanKO is a joint venture thrift bank and the first mobile-based, microfinance-focused bank.
Egypt: Entrepreneurs try to start a technological revolution in Egypt December 17, 2013
CAIRO — Egypt’s path to building a new future has always had its obstacles, and so it wasn’t much of a surprise for participants to the opening of the country’s first entrepreneurship summit, RiseUp Egypt, when they learned that all of the streets entering the event were blocked.
Central African Republic: French-backed forces try to stem bloodshed In CAR December 10, 2013
As a Humanitarian aid worker, Su'ad Jarbawi of Mercy Corps isn't used to lobbying for a well armed international force. But with the conflict in Central African Republic taking on dangerous sectarian tones, that's precisely what she was doing here in Washington.