Mercy Corps Names Dara Royer Chief Development and Marketing Officer
Portland, Ore. — Mercy Corps has appointed Dara Royer to the position of Chief Development and Marketing Officer. In this role, Royer will lead Mercy Corps’ fundraising, marketing and communications teams to advance the work of Mercy Corps in over 40 countries.
Iraq, Jordan, Syria: Understanding the Drivers of Violence
Washington, DC – Relatively large numbers of Jordanians have been drawn to violent causes in Syria and Iraq, with some estimating the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan contributes more fighters per capita to ISIS and Al-Qaeda than any other country. Understanding the reasons why Jordanians are choosing to fight for violent extremist groups could go a long way toward helping to prevent future recruitment.
DR Congo, Lebanon, Syria, Uganda: Refugee Crisis in Europe Demands Bold Thinking
Washington, DC — The current humanitarian crisis in Europe is further evidence of massive unmet humanitarian needs worldwide and calls into question whether or not today’s international system of governance, development and aid is fit for the task. Mercy Corps believes it is not. According to the global organization, the existing system is unsustainable—both overstretched and underfunded – and there is an urgent need for one that is more cost-effective, less bureaucratic and more nimble.
Syria: Mercy Corps to Congress: Syrian Refugees Worse Off Than a Year Ago
Washington, DC — In testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, a senior official with the global organization Mercy Corps tells of deteriorating humanitarian and security conditions in Syria and Iraq and warns of even greater troubles ahead.
Testimony of Michael Bowers to U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Michael Bowers, Vice President of Humanitarian Leadership and Response at Mercy Corps, provided a statement to the United States Committee on Foreign Relations hearing on Iraq, Syria and the fight against ISIS on September 16, 2015. Read Full Testimony ▸
Lebanon, Syria: Even in World’s Worst Refugee Crisis, Communities Can Build Back Stronger
Beirut, Lebanon — People usually think of resilience in the context of natural disasters—how families cope with the aftermath of an earthquake or how communities adapt to increasing cycles of drought. But the next generation of resilience thinking is about adapting and applying the lessons from recurring disasters to conflict-related crises.
Syria: Europe Must Provide Humanitarian Assistance to Refugees
Amman, Jordan — The global organization Mercy Corps is urging UK Prime Minister David Cameron – and all world leaders – to respond more comprehensively to the growing humanitarian emergency in Europe and the larger crisis in the Middle East. The appeal – which came during a visit by Cameron to a flagship Mercy Corps program in Jordan’s Zaatari village – is part of a broader call by Mercy Corps for world leaders to push for peace in the troubled region.
Ukraine: Overlooked Humanitarian Crisis Taints Ukraine Independence Day
Kyiv, Ukraine. - Mercy Corps is one of the very few organizations working to bring humanitarian relief to civilians on the front lines of the conflict in Luhansk Oblast in the east of Ukraine, where violence is fueling a continuing humanitarian crisis. Since conflict erupted last year, 1.4 million people have been forced to flee their homes, and 5 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
Syria: Mercy Corps: Engaging Syrian Youth is Crucial to Stability of Region
Portland, Ore. — Syrian teenagers are depressed, hopeless and vulnerable to dangerous influences, according to a new report by the global organization Mercy Corps evaluating the ramifications of Syria's ongoing civil war on the country's adolescent population. Findings show that teens are deeply affected by the lack of safety, disruption to education and economic instability. Extreme isolation and lack of support by parents compound the issues.
Invest in Non-Military Efforts to Counter Violent Extremism
Washington, DC — A coalition of U.S. civil society organizations, led by the global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps, is calling on the Obama administration to address the drivers of community grievances before violent extremism takes root, rather than relying primarily on militarized counter-terrorism responses.