Jeremy Konyndyk Washington, D.C. Jeremy Konyndyk, Director of Policy Jeremy Konyndyk’s stories Mali: Fighting cuts off food and humanitarian assistance Mercy Corps team members in the Gao region report that food supplies are dwindling since the military offensive against rebel extremists began in January. Ethiopia: Coping with drought by building peace We sent out a team to research why one drought-stricken community was coping so well. The findings were striking: When local conflict had been addressed, people were far better equipped to survive the drought. Somalia: Testifying before the U.S. Senate about the Horn of Africa crisis Somalia: Will the U.S. stand by as famine looms in Somalia? "The drought has gotten so bad that we have seen camels dying of thirst," recounted a Mercy Corps colleague during my recent visit to Somalia. Ethiopia: How did Mercy Corps turn rain from foe back to friend in Ethiopia? Ethiopia has long struggled with food insecurity. With generous support from USAID, Mercy Corps has just completed the first year of a three-year effort to improve food security in some of Ethiopia’s most vulnerable regions. Help bring U.S. development assistance up to date A collaboration for better aid In early July, hundreds of relief and development experts from all over the U.S. descended upon Washington DC for the annual InterAction Forum.