Mercy Corps Names Former U.S. State Department Senior Official To Public Policy Vice President
WASHINGTON, DC – The global organization Mercy Corps has appointed Dr. Dafna H. Rand, former Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary, to the position of Vice President for Policy and Research. Rand will lead Mercy Corps’ global policy and research teams, manage the organization’s research agenda, oversee U.S. government relations and engage with global institutions supporting humanitarian assistance, conflict prevention and other development issues.
United States: Mercy Corps Applauds Senate Panel For Defense Of Foreign Aid
Rejecting a proposed 30 percent reduction to foreign aid, the Senate Appropriations Committee on September 7 approved a $51 billion spending bill for the State Department and USAID, as well as robust funding levels for international assistance.
Mali: Mercy Corps: In Mali, Quest For Community Respect Drives Youth To Armed Groups
BAMAKO, MALI – In Mali, community support for armed groups and perceived government exclusion fuel youth participation in violence, according to a new report from the global organization Mercy Corps. In March 2017, Mali experienced its greatest number of violent incidents in more than four years as conflict deepens and a fragile 2015 peace agreement struggles to take hold.
United States: Mercy Corps Statement On Hurricane Harvey
Mercy Corps is proudly supporting Team Rubicon, a U.S. disaster response organization on the ground in Houston to help Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Six Team Rubicon water rescue teams have conducted more than 50 floodwater rescues so far, and hundreds of Team Rubicon veteran and civilian volunteers are expected to deploy to the region.
Central African Republic: Mercy Corps: Escalating Violence Cripples Humanitarian Operations In Central African Republic
(CORRECTED ON AUGUST 30, 2017) Bangui, Central African Republic – The global organization Mercy Corps reports that its team members have been struggling to access programming in the villages of Nièm and Yéléwa in Central African Republic as local armed groups have extended their area of influence and created extremely unsafe working environments for humanitarians – and even more dangerous conditions for the families living there. An estimated 30,000 people live in the two villages.
Yemen: Joint Statement On Closure Of Sana’a Airport: One Year Of Aggravated Suffering
SANA’A, YEMEN – International aid organizations in Yemen are calling on all actors to lift restrictions on Yemeni airspace and allow for the reopening of the country’s main airport, Sana’a International. The official closure of Sana’a airport, one-year ago today, effectively traps millions of Yemeni people and serves to prevent the free movement of commercial and humanitarian goods.
Central African Republic: Joint Letter: International Coalition of Aid Groups Raises Alarms on Deteriorating Security in Central African Republic
WASHINGTON, DC - Honorable Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State Dear Secretary Tillerson:
Mercy Corps Applauds Ambassador Mark Green’s Confirmation As Administrator For USAID
WASHINGTON, DC – The global organization Mercy Corps strongly applauds the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Ambassador Mark Green as the Administrator for the United State Agency for International Development (USAID). During a time of historic global humanitarian need and displacement, strong leadership and expertise at the United States government’s development agency are urgently needed to tackle the fragility driving these unprecedented challenges.
Testimony Of Deepmala Mahla To Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Dr. Deepmala Mahla, South Sudan Country Director at Mercy Corps, testifies on the hunger crisis in South Sudan and other countries at the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee hearing "'The Four Famines': Root Causes and a Multilateral Action Plan."
Mercy Corps Tells Congress Urgent Action Is Needed In Four Famine-Threatened Countries
WASHINGTON, DC – With an estimated 81 million people in need of emergency assistance because of severe food insecurity, Congress must act now to prevent famine and save lives, urges Deepmala Mahla, South Sudan Country Director for the global organization Mercy Corps. In testimony to a Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee hearing on the matter, Mahla proposes Congress enact new policies in three areas: funding, diplomacy, and resilience and peacebuilding.