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.
Liberia: As Ebola takes lives in Liberia, it leaves hunger in its wake
The Ebola virus, which has killed more than 2,830 Liberians and collapsed the country’s health-care system, is also attacking Liberia’s food supply, bringing intermittent hunger to a wide swath of this country even as its 4.1 million people try to survive the epidemic.
Liberia: Liberia’s Ebola Famine
Hunger was already an issue before Ebola struck West Africa. Now, several reports predict the coming months could be devastating...
Liberia: How Ebola Caused a Hunger Crisis in Liberia
The news out of Liberia has been upbeat lately, with fewer and fewer cases of the deadly Ebola virus being reported. But even as the direct threat posed by the disease appears to be receding, experts are warning that it has given rise to a related crisis: rampant hunger.
Liberia: Ebola's other toll: Food on the table
Eighty-five percent of households in Liberia are eating fewer meals a day as a way to deal with lower incomes and higher prices related to the Ebola epidemic, according to a new report from the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps.
Syria: 8 things you should know about Syria and the Syrian conflict
...It's hard to know the exact number of Syrian refugees because many haven't registered with the United Nations when they left the country. The UN says 3.2 million have registered with them and it's estimated that more than 1 million haven't. Which gives a plausible total of 4.3 million Syrian refugees abroad. This table from the charity Mercy Corps shows where many have gone...
Iraq: Conflict in Iraq forces families to flee their homes and seek shelter where they can
In one neighborhood of Kirkuk, Northern Iraq, more than a hundred Iraqi families forced to leave their homes because of ongoing fighting, live cheek-by-jowl in two unfinished, unheated buildings. There's no privacy, no running water, no proper sanitation facilities and only open windows and unfinished staircases -- a certain hazard for the dozens of young children who run around.
Liberia: Hotseat: Mark Ferdig
On Sept. 18, Mark Ferdig kissed his wife goodbye, dropped his two kids at school in Woodstock and boarded a plane for Monrovia, Liberia, the Ebola outbreak epicenter. Ferdig, 43, is a leader on Mercy Corps’ strategic response and global emergency team. The Portland humanitarian aid organization had previously sent Ferdig to Lebanon to support Syrian refugees, to the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan, and to Indonesia, where he directed the group’s response to the 2004 tsunami...