On Wednesday, February 11, 2015, Mercy Corps was invited to provide remarks at the annual World Bank Fragility Forum. Andrea Koppel, the Vice President of Global Engagement and Policy spoke on behalf of Mercy Corps, presenting the findings of a joint report, “Assessing Humanitarian Response in North Kivu,” produced by Mercy Corps, World Vision, the Search for Common Ground and the Congolese government.
Koppel’s remarks provided an overview of the assessment of why the crisis in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo persists, a crisis that has taken 5.6 million lives and left 2.6 million displaced, and also offered policy recommendations for pursuing systemic change in the region.
Mercy Corps provided remarks alongside a highly esteemed panel, including: Shamil Idriss, President and CEO of Search for Common Ground; Jonathan Papoulidis, Executive Advisor for Fragile States at World Vision; Ambassador (ret.) George Moose, Vice Chairman of the U.S. Institute of Peace and former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (1993-1997); and the moderator, Alex Marc, Chief Technical Specialist, Fragility, Conflict, and Violence at World Bank.DRC_World Bank Fragility Forum_Remarks.pdf