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.
Myanmar: Mercy Corps and MasterCard partner in Myanmar to empower small farmers and entrepreneurs
PORTLAND, Ore. – The global humanitarian and development organization, Mercy Corps, and global technology and payments industry leader, MasterCard Worldwide, are announcing a partnership in the newly democratic country of Myanmar. Mercy Corps, MasterCard’s first NGO partner in Myanmar, will implement a business literacy program called Business and Financial Literacy for Success, which will educate small farmers and households on basic business skills and money management practices, with MasterCard’s support.
Microsoft introduces Imagine Cup competition for young students
REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft Corp. today announced the launch of the Imagine Cup Kodu Challenge, a new Microsoft Imagine Cup competition that offers aspiring game developers, ages 9 to 18, the opportunity to learn coding by developing a video game with Kodu, an easy-to-learn, game-creation toolkit and programming language available for free download on Windows-based PCs.
Kenya: Mercy Corps and ThoughtWorks partner to bring technology solutions to address global relief and development challenges
PORTLAND, Ore and CHICAGO, Ill -- The global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps and the custom software experts ThoughtWorks today announced a partnership to develop new software solutions to improve the breadth, impact and efficiency of Mercy Corps’ work.
Nicaragua: Coffee industry leaders team up with Mercy Corps and Aldea Global to help farmers combat seasonal hunger
PORTLAND, Ore. – In coffee growing areas of Central America, seasonal hunger is a common problem. While coffee farming provides families with income for several months of the year, the harvest cycle followed by rainy season leaves some families without food or income for five to seven months. These are known as the “thin months.”
Mercy Corps lauds ranking member Berman's Global Partnerships Act
Washington, D.C. – The global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps is applauding Congressman Berman’s Global Partnerships Act (GPA), which provides a solid blueprint for what modern foreign assistance would look like.
Mercy Corps Welcomes Rick Downey as New Planned Giving Director
SEATTLE, Wash. - The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps announced today that Rick Downey has joined the organization as planned giving director. Downey brings 27 years of major gift fundraising and planned giving experience to his new role at Mercy Corps. He will be based at Mercy Corps’ Seattle office in South Lake Union and will oversee all planned gifts including bequests and charitable gift annuities.
Guatemala: Alliance helps coffee farmers earn more, improve nutrition
PORTLAND, Ore. – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps are pleased to announce the addition of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) and Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS) in an alliance to improve the lives of small-scale famers and their families in Guatemala. The alliance, known as the Inclusive Market Alliance for Rural Entrepreneurs (IMARE), is part of the U.S.