Myanmar: Myanmar’s political and economic reforms are emerging unevenly
Portland, OR – Despite a series of rapid and dramatic reforms since electing a civilian government in 2010, Myanmar’s transition remains fragile, according to new research from the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps. Many outside observers see Myanmar as a country with abundant natural resources, underdeveloped markets and a government eager to assume greater stature regionally and globally.
West Bank and Gaza: Mercy Corps to Deliver Aid to More Than 40,000 Civilians in Gaza
Portland, OR –Mercy Corps is delivering humanitarian assistance to thousands of Gazan families displaced by the current conflict. With 87 team members on the ground and an established network of community-based organizations, the agency has the largest on-the-ground humanitarian presence in the Gaza Strip, next to the United Nations. Since the start of the conflict, more than 120,000 people have fled their homes to avoid the intense fighting.
West Bank and Gaza: Mercy Corps welcomes humanitarian funding for urgent needs in Gaza
Mercy Corps applauds the decision by Secretary of State Kerry to provide $47 million in humanitarian aid to meet the rapidly growing needs of thousands of Palestinian civilians in Gaza. As one of the largest humanitarian aid providers working in Gaza, Mercy Corps’ 85 dedicated national staff, and a network of over 50 community organizations, have already risked their lives to reach 1,000 families with humanitarian assistance in the last week.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Mercy Corps: Syrian adolescents on the brink
Washington, DC – In Syria and the surrounding region, whether today’s youth become a positive or negative force depends on what happens over the next three years, according to global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps. Of the 1.2 million children forced to flee Syria, nearly 400,000 (one of every three) are between the age of 12 and 18.
Iraq: Mercy Corps assesses urgent humanitarian need in Iraq as hundreds of thousands flee fighting
Portland, OR – The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps has mobilized a team to assess the humanitarian situation in Iraq near the cities of Mosul and Tikrit. According to the United Nations, over the last few days some 500,000 civilians have fled intense fighting in the area. The agency is calling on the international community to immediately allocate funds as Mercy Corps and other non-governmental organizations mount a humanitarian response.
Colombia: Mercy Corps hosts Colombian youth soccer coaches for knowledge exchange
PORTLAND, Ore. – The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps will host a delegation of soccer coaches from Colombia June 21-28 at its headquarters in Portland, Oregon, as part of the organization’s signature Sport for Change programming. Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s SportsUnited Division, the program aims to build the skills of community coaches and leaders working with at-risk youth in developing countries to prevent violence and promote peacebuilding.
South Sudan: Humanitarian community welcomes outcomes of donor conference
This week over 300 representatives from South Sudan, donor governments, regional organizations, international and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and United Nations agencies gathered in Oslo, Norway, for a high-level humanitarian conference on South Sudan.
Syria: Entrenched Syrian crisis prompts calls for review of U.S. funding priorities
Washington, DC – The United States and international community must expedite shifting their response to the protracted Syrian crisis toward long-term strategies instead of short-term fixes, according to global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps. In testimony to the U.S.
Syria: Testimony to U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa
The United States and the international community must expedite shifting their response to the protracted Syrian crisis toward long-term strategies instead of short-term fixes, according to global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps. In testimony to the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, Mercy Corps called on Congress to fund more integrated relief and development programs in Syria’s neighboring countries, while also demanding unfettered humanitarian access inside Syria.
Philippines: After Typhoon Haiyan, new financial products speed recovery for Philippines’ hardest hit
Manila, Philippines – BPI Globe BanKO, the Philippines’ first mobile phone-based savings bank, and the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps have teamed up with IDEO.org to design financial products that will help Filipinos hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan find more secure financial footing.