Invest in Non-Military Efforts to Counter Violent Extremism
Washington, DC — A coalition of U.S. civil society organizations, led by the global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps, is calling on the Obama administration to address the drivers of community grievances before violent extremism takes root, rather than relying primarily on militarized counter-terrorism responses.
A U.S. Humanitarian, Development and Peacebuilding Statement on the U.S. Global Countering Violent Extremism Agenda
Mercy Corps and 40 colleague agencies express concern that the Obama administration’s new nine-point Action Agenda to counter violent extremism will repeat the same mistakes as post-9/11 stabilization initiatives, mainly prioritizing military funding over investments in solutions addressing the root causes of instability. The coalition urges the administration to modify the strategy ahead of September’s global summit on countering violent extremism. Download and read the full statement (PDF) >
Uganda: Diversified Resilience Approach Key to Overcoming Cycles of Crisis
Washington, DC— As world leaders gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this week to discuss how to better meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, a new report by the global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps highlights the possible drawbacks of working through markets to combat poverty.
Nigeria: Mercy Corps: Conflict Between Nigerian Rural Communities Takes Enormous Economic Toll
Washington, DC - The growth of Africa's largest economy is being stymied by decades-long disputes between farmers and pastoralists in Nigeria's ethnically and religiously diverse Middle Belt region, according to new research by the global organization Mercy Corps. Nigeria would stand to gain up to US$13.7 billion annually in total macroeconomic progress if peace were maintained in four Middle Belt states alone. Skirmishes between Nigeria's farmers and herders typically arise from disputes over the use of resources such as farmland, grazing areas and water.
Syria: Mercy Corps: Escalated Fighting in Syria Threatens Critical Humanitarian Supply Routes and Causes New Waves of Displacement
Gaziantep, Turkey — A major escalation in fighting among all parties to the Syrian conflict is threatening critical supply routes for humanitarian aid in areas between the Turkish border and Aleppo City and forcing thousands of vulnerable civilians trapped between the front lines to flee their homes, according to global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps.
South Sudan: Heavy Fighting in South Sudan Disrupts Mercy Corps Operations
Juba, South Sudan — Amidst heavy fighting, the global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps – along with a number of other international aid agencies – has had to temporarily curtail operations in southern Unity State in South Sudan, scaling down its activities in Panyijiar County. The new wave of intense violence coincides with the height of the country’s planting season, renewing worry about the adequacy of the food supply in the coming months.
Mercy Corps Welcomes Nomination of Gayle Smith to Head USAID
Washington, DC – The global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps welcomes the nomination of Gayle Smith, a senior White House official, to be the next administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and urges Congress to confirm her appointment as quickly as possible.
Nepal: Mercy Corps to Hold Portland Vigil for Nepal Earthquake Victims
Portland, Ore. — The humanitarian organization Mercy Corps invites the Portland community to attend a candlelight vigil at its global headquarters on Monday, April 27, to honor and support the victims of this weekend’s devastating earthquake in Nepal. The vigil will take place at 6:00 p.m. in front of the Mercy Corps Action Center at 28 SW 1st Ave. Early reports indicate that as a result of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake, thousands of people have died, thousands more are injured and buildings and infrastructure are destroyed or severely damaged.
Nepal: Mercy Corps Prepares Emergency Response in Nepal
Portland, Ore. – The global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps is preparing an emergency response in Nepal following Saturday’s massive earthquake. Early reports indicate hundreds of people have been killed and thousands more injured in the 7.8-magnitude quake, the strongest to hit the region in 80 years.
Kenya: Mercy Corps: Investing in Adolescent Girls Critical to Building Drought Resilience
Washington, DC — A new report by global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps examines the role of adolescent girls in Kenya’s pastoralist communities, finding that their contribution to household and community food security is critical and grows during times of crisis. With Kenya facing reoccurring drought and hunger, Mercy Corps advises the development community to evaluate the role adolescent girls play in strengthening their communities and adjust programming to meet the needs of this key demographic.