Somalia: Mercy Corps study finds that resilience to disasters hinges on women
Washington, DC – People in the poorest parts of the world may be better able to bounce back from disasters if women play a key role in making household decisions, according to new research from the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps. The research, based on findings from crisis-prone southern Somalia, explores a range of factors that increase resilience to shocks and stresses such as severe storms, drought and conflict.
Mercy Corps applauds introduction of Humanitarian Assistance Facilitation Act of 2013
WASHINGTON, DC – Mercy Corps urges Congress to quickly consider and pass the Humanitarian Assistance Facilitation Act of 2013 (HAFA/H.R. 3526), introduced this week by Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ), Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE). The bill aims to remove legal roadblocks that have stalled and sometimes obstructed U.S. non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working to deliver lifesaving aid to vulnerable people who have the misfortune of living in communities controlled by sanctioned governments or terrorist groups.
Philippines: Mercy Corps mobilizes emergency response team to Philippines
The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps is mobilizing a team of emergency responders, including experts in water, sanitation and logistics, into the areas devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan. Donations are needed to fund lifesaving aid and recovery efforts, and Mercy Corps is accepting donations online at www.mercycorps.org/typhoon.
Central African Republic: Mass violence and imminent threat to civilians in Central African Republic
The past few weeks have seen a significant increase in systematic violence against civilians, attacks on religious institutions, and increased pressure on humanitarian organizations’ ability to operate.
Mercy Corps names former Google executive and State Department advisor to new role of Chief Innovation Officer
Mercy Corps, the global humanitarian agency, has appointed Ann Mei Chang, a former Google engineering executive and State Department advisor, to the newly created position of Chief Innovation Officer. In this role, Chang will lead Mercy Corps’ initiatives that bring bold new approaches to durably improve the lives of people in some of the world’s toughest places.
Ryan C. Crocker, former Ambassador to Syria and Lebanon, joins Mercy Corps Board of Directors
Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker, a highly decorated career ambassador in the United States Foreign Service and one of the nation’s most lauded diplomats, has been elected to the board of directors of the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps. Crocker, who held ambassadorial posts in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Syria, Pakistan and Iraq, served in the Foreign Service nearly 40 years in various roles across the Middle East. Currently he is dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Mercy Corps: Syrian Refugee Crisis A 'Humanitarian Time Bomb'
With more than 2 million Syrians seeking refuge in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq, significant gaps are left by a global aid system focused almost exclusively on short-term emergency assistance, says Neal Keny-Guyer, chief executive officer of Mercy Corps. Speaking at a National Press Club Newsmaker, Keny-Guyer noted that three years on, the conflict shows no sign of abating and the situation will worsen in the months ahead.
West Bank and Gaza: Mercy Corps and Oasis500 announce partnership to boost technology start-ups in the Gaza Strip
The global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps and Oasis500, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’s premier early stage investment company and technology start-up accelerator program, have announced plans to jointly accelerate up to six technology start-ups this fall.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Humanitarian crisis escalates as millionth Syrian child enters refugee camp
As the official number of Syrian refugee children swells to one million today, Mercy Corps is working hard to help kids overcome the traumas of war.
House Committee’s Foreign Aid Budget decimates humanitarian and anti-poverty accounts
The following is a statement by Mercy Corps Vice President of Global Engagement and Policy Andrea Koppel responding to the House Appropriations Committee’s State Department and Foreign Operations (SFOPS) FY 2014 foreign aid appropriations bill.