Philippines: Mercy Corps and BPI Globe BanKO Win GSMA Global Mobile Award for “Best Use of Mobile in Emergency or Humanitarian Situations”
Portland, Ore, and Cebu City, Philippines – BPI Globe BanKO, the Philippines’ first mobile microsavings bank, and the global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps have been awarded GSMA’s 2015 Global Mobile Award for “Best use of mobile in emergency or humanitarian situations.” The award recognizes the innovative role mobile technology played in distributing a total of $2.3 million in emergency cash assistance to more than 25,000 typhoon-affected households in Western, Central and Eastern Visayas regions after Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.
Mercy Corps Recognizes US Reps. Granger and Lowey With Humanitarian Hero Award
Washington, DC – Feb. 27, 2015 – The global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps has recognized Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), chair of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, with its highest honor, the Humanitarian Hero Award.
Afghanistan, Colombia, Somalia: Mercy Corps: Injustice, Not Unemployment, a Key Driver of Youth Participation in Violence
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 17, 2015 — Ahead of this week’s White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, a new three-country report by global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps evaluates key contributors to youth engagement in conflict, finding that experiences of injustice, rather than unemployment or poverty, propel young people to take up arms.
Indonesia: Mercy Corps, Rockefeller Foundation Launch Asia Regional Network to Build City Resilience to Climate Change
Bangkok, Thailand — At the first Asia-Pacific Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation this week in Bangkok, the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) will launch a member-based regional network headed by global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps.
DR Congo: Testimony on the humanitarian response in the Democratic Republic of Congo by Andrea Koppel at the World Bank’s 2015 Fragility Forum
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. Download and read the Mercy Corps remarks ▸
Uganda: USAID and Skoll Foundation Announce Joint Investment in Evidence Action for Clean Water in Uganda
Washington, D.C. - Feb. 11, 2015 - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Skoll Foundation announced a joint investment of $2 million in Evidence Action to scale up its Dispensers for Safe Water program, a proven and highly cost effective approach for providing clean water to rural communities.
Jordan, Syria: The Prince of Wales Visits Mercy Corps Project in Jordan
Amman, Jordan — As part of his six-day tour of the Middle East, The Prince of Wales today visited a flagship conflict management project in Jordan’s Zaatari Village, run by global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps. During his visit, His Royal Highness met with Mercy Corps staff, community leaders, teachers and students, and visited a newly constructed sports field, where Syrian and Jordanian boys played together.
President's Budget Insufficient to Meet Growing Global Humanitarian Need
Washington, DC — The global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps says the Obama administration’s FY2016 budget request is a mixed bag for the world’s most vulnerable people. On the one hand, the Administration calls for a 20 percent cut in funding for refugees and an eight percent cut for internally displaced people. On the other hand, development accounts, which can address the root causes of fragility in countries frequently affected by conflict and natural disasters, receive a significant increase in funding.
Mercy Corps Forms Global Leadership Council
Portland, Ore. — Seven world political, business and economic leaders have joined Mercy Corps’ new Global Leadership Council to help enhance the organization’s strategic impact and influence and further strengthen responses to humanitarian and economic challenges around the world.
U.S.-based NGOs Applaud Passage of Coast Guard Legislation that Maintains Efficiencies in U.S. International Food Aid Programs
The organizations listed below strongly support the exclusion of harmful provisions for U.S. international food aid programs from the recently passed Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014.The amended legislation sustains recent efficiency gains in U.S. international food aid programs. Provisions included in the original legislation would have negatively impacted crucial U.S. international food aid programs and their beneficiaries. Thankfully, these provisions were not included in the bill that ultimately passed the House and Senate.