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.
United States: Mercy Corps welcomes Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013
Washington, D.C. – The global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps welcomes the new bipartisan Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013 introduced yesterday in the House and Senate. The bill (H.R. 2638) was introduced in the House by Judge Ted Poe (R-TX) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA), and by Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) in the Senate (S. 1271), and would establish uniform guidelines to measure the impact of foreign aid. This bill seeks to ensure that detailed information about foreign aid spending, which accounts for just one percent of the U.S.
Central African Republic: Post-Coup humanitarian crisis affects entire population of Central African Republic
The entire population of the Central African Republic (CAR), 4.6 million people, is affected by a severe humanitarian crisis following a coup and subsequent political instability, warned a group of aid organizations today. Immediate action must be taken by international governments to plug the approximately $80 million funding gap said 9 aid agencies and the Archbishop of Bangui. The forgotten political crisis threatens to destabilize the whole of Central Africa.
Syria: On World Refugee Day, Congress must remember the needs of refugees, urges NGO alliance
WASHINGTON (June 20, 2013) – Today is World Refugee Day, but there is little cause for celebration as the UN Refugee Agency estimates the number of forcibly displaced people to be the highest in nearly two decades, totaling 45.2 million people.
West Bank and Gaza: Mercy Corps and Rogue Venture Partners to launch first business accelerator in the Gaza Strip
Portland, Ore – June 5, 2013 – The global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps and Portland-based private equity firm Rogue Venture Partners today announced plans to launch Gaza Sky Geeks as a standalone business accelerator in the Gaza Strip, the first of its kind.
Best-Selling Author and Journalist Gayle Tzemach Lemmon Joins Mercy Corps Board of Directors
PORTLAND, Ore - The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps today announced that Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, a deputy director on the Council on Foreign Relations and best-selling author, has joined its Board of Directors. “We are thrilled to add Gayle’s experience and energy to our board,” said Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO, Mercy Corps. “She brings a unique combination of expertise in journalism, public policy, business and international development, plus an incredibly dynamic personality. I am confident she will boost Mercy Corps’ efforts to tackle the world’s toughest problems.”
Starbucks General Counsel Lucy Lee Helm Joins Mercy Corps Board of Directors
SEATTLE, Wash - The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps today announced that Lucy Lee Helm, executive vice president, general counsel and secretary at Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX), has joined its Board of Directors. Lucy brings over 20 years’ experience as a lawyer, board member, and volunteer in the Seattle community to her new position with Mercy Corps.
USAID and Skoll Foundation announce joint investment in Imazon
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today the first breakthrough social enterprise to be supported by the Innovation Investment Alliance—a new Global Development Alliance with the Skoll Foundation.
NGO statement of principles for reforming food assistance programs
Hunger is one of the great global challenges of our time: one in every seven people around the world deals with chronic hunger, and roughly 100 million people endure severe hunger crises each year. US food assistance programs, particularly those under Title II of the Food for Peace Act, have served as a foundation of global efforts to confront this challenge: both through emergency programs that keep people alive, and through developmental food assistance programs that address underlying sources of chronic hunger and malnutrition.
President’s proposed budget includes important reforms; troubling cuts to disaster aid
There is much to admire in President Obama’s FY14 budget, and we applaud his continued commitment to the world’s poorest people. In particular, the President’s proposed reforms to the United States’ food aid system are important and long overdue. However, Mercy Corps is also deeply concerned by the Administration’s proposed cuts to disaster assistance amidst a budget request that otherwise provides adequate support for humanitarian aid.