Afghanistan: Attacks on army bases add to Afghan worries
Audacious attacks by Taliban militants in Helmand province and Kabul have raised new concerns over Afghanistan’s lasting security, days before an international conference in London to consider the future of the country. Afghan troops took three days to defeat insurgents who broke into Camp Bastion, which was vacated last month by the last British troops to leave Helmand. Insurgents also overran an Afghan National Army (ANA) base on the edge of the disputed town of Sangin in north Helmand, killing at least 14 Afghan soldiers...
Liberia: News About Ebola
TRANSCRIPT Host: We begin with the effect the disease (Ebola) is having on livelihoods. One particularly vicious aspect of Ebola is the measures that have been put in place to control it also have unintended economic consequences. Restrictions on groups, for example, have curtailed farming activities. New research in Liberia by international development organization, Mercy Corps, shows that 90% of households say they are eating less or cheaper food. Chris Maclay of the group’s programs manager.
Philippines: Firms, aid groups help Filipinos borrow from banks instead of sharks
Dec 2 (Reuters) - Housewife Jenny Orquiza, whose home was damaged by super typhoon Haiyan, did not imagine that the Philippines' biggest natural disaster would lead to her getting something she never had - a bank account. After the November 2013 calamity, the 33-year-old mother of three had a piece of luck. She was one of 26,000 people who received $90 from global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps via the Philippines' first mobile phone-based savings bank, called BanKO...
Liberia: The real cost of Ebola
Six days a week, women like Kuma Zay sell brightly colored red and green peppers, onions, and other vegetables in Monrovia’s Gobachop Market. Although larger wholesale markets were initially shut down in the wake of the country’s Ebola crisis, Gobachop and other local markets have remained open throughout. Although Zay and the other women fear they will contract the Ebola virus, they are desperate to provide for their families. “Before Ebola, I sold maybe ten to 15 big bags of peppers per day. Now, I sell maybe two to three bags,” says Zay.
Liberia, South Sudan, Syria: City appeal launched to help war refugees
The Mercy Corps and Edinburgh Disaster Response Committee appeal will highlight the plight of millions of families around the world who have fled their homes to escape conflict and violence. As Christmas approaches, many families in Syria and South Sudan have nothing, and the “urgent” appeal aims to supply shelter, food, water and hygiene kits...
Afghanistan: Taliban peace talks a threat to women’s rights in Afghanistan, Oxfam warns
Afghan women are at risk of being excluded from peace talks with Taliban insurgents, leaving many fearful that, 13 years after a US-led force ousted the extremists from power, the men who banned them from schools and work could once again rein in their rights, Oxfam has warned.
Liberia: #WorldBrief with @joshzepps
Niger: Necessary partners: the Sahel shows why development and resilience efforts can’t forget me
One-third of boys in the developing world don’t face the risk of marriage and pregnancy before age 18. There are no laws preventing men from owning land or property. Men don’t bear the brunt of increasingly frequent and severe disasters. And men don’t hold fewer than 25 percent of parliamentary seats worldwide. So why, you might ask, is today International Men’s Day...
West Bank and Gaza: The race to save Gaza Sky Geeks
A dramatic race is going on right this minute, one you've probably not heard about yet. Gaza Sky Geeks, Gaza's first and only start-up accelerator, is fighting to get enough funding to survive. The fundraising campaign, called Gaza Starts (www.gazastarts.com) launched on Sunday and has so far raised over $60,000 in only five days.
Imagining The Nonprofit Sector in 2024
“Do no harm. Do more good.” Knowing what is possible and what is “barely achievable” and still going for it is how nonprofit leaders can imagine the future. Those were the words of Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO of Mercy Corps, during an opening session Sunday of Independent Sector’s annual conference held this year in Seattle.