South Sudan: Support for Local Peacebuilding is Critical for the Future of South Sudan
This International Day of Peace, 21st September 2019, we – the undersigned national and international civil society organisations - want to highlight the critical role of local peacebuilding in ensuring sustainable peace in South Sudan.
Previously Unreleased R.E.M. Song to Raise Funds for Mercy Corps’ Hurricane Relief Efforts in the Bahamas
Portland, Ore. (September 12, 2019) – Iconic alternative rock band R.E.M. has shared previously unreleased song “Fascinating” to benefit global organization Mercy Corps’ Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery efforts in the Bahamas. Band members Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe recorded “Fascinating” in 2004 at Nassau’s Compass Point Studios. It is now available for download for the first time via: http://remhq.bandcamp.com.
Kenya: Kenya Gig Economy Can Offer Solutions To Youth Unemployment
NAIROBI, Kenya — New research from the global organization Mercy Corps demonstrates the potential of the Kenyan online gig economy to meet growing youth unemployment in the country. Kenya is experiencing a 'youth bulge' with approximately 20% of its population between the ages of 15 and 24 — above the world's average of 15.8% and Africa's average of 19.2%. Furthermore, 15-34 year-olds account for 84% of those unemployed in Kenya.
Two Years On: Rohingya Deserve Justice, A Place at the Table
Two years after mass atrocities in Myanmar forced more than 740,000 people to flee for their lives, the Government and the people of Bangladesh continue to generously host nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees. While UN agencies and over 130 local, national, and international NGOs have supported the Government of Bangladesh to provide life-sustaining assistance, refugees require much more than basic support for survival; they need their rights, security and dignity. Many long to return but fear further violence and persecution back home.
United States: Mercy Corps Urges Congress to Pass the Bipartisan Safe from the Start Act
Last week a bipartisan group of leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives took bold action to enhance the U.S. government’s efforts to prevent and address gender-based violence during humanitarian crises by introducing the Safe from the Start Act (H.R. 4092). This legislation was introduced by Representatives Grace Meng (D-NY), Chris Stewart (R-UT), Lois Frankel (D-FL), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), and Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA). Mercy Corps calls on Congress to swiftly pass this vital legislation.
Nepal: Mercy Corps Responds to Monsoon Flooding in Nepal
Kathmandu, Nepal — The global organization Mercy Corps is responding in Nepal to monsoon rains that have triggered life-threatening flash floods, affecting millions across South Asia. In Nepal, 75,000 people are displaced and more than 18,000 homes are either partially damaged or fully destroyed.
Trump Administration Should Fully Reinstate U.S. Aid to the Northern Triangle
Yesterday the Trump Administration announced that it will deliver some previously allocated funding for aid and development programs in Central America, but will withhold additional aid until the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras take action to curb migration.
Jordan: How Virtual Reality Is Helping Refugees in Jordan and Beyond
The global organization Mercy Corps is partnering with the University of Bradford’s Building Resilience Through Heritage (BReaTHe) project, to help Syrian refugees in Jordan improve their psychological and emotional wellbeing.
U.S. Charities Launch Global Emergency Response Coalition to Expedite Action During Humanitarian Crisis
Washington, DC – June 5, 2019 – Eight of the leading U.S.-based international relief organizations have renewed their commitment to the Global Emergency Response Coalition. Originally created in April 2017 to broaden awareness and take urgent action when disasters occur, the Coalition is made up of field-based, well respected and vetted organizations that are combining their capabilities and technical capacities in a joint effort.
DR Congo: Community Mobilization Essential for Halting Ebola Spread in DRC
GOMA – The global organization Mercy Corps has published new analysis, which demonstrates how community mobilization should be a central element to help stop the spread of Ebola in DRC and neighboring countries, taking lessons from the West Africa epidemic of 2014-2015.