Mercy Corps Mourns the Loss of Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, Steven Smith
Portland, Ore. — The global Mercy Corps family is grieving the passing of Steven Smith, a distinguished Portland entrepreneur who was dedicated to improving the lives of people in tea growing communities around the world. The CEO of Steven Smith Teamaker and founder of Tazo Tea, Steven passed away on March 23rd. "Steve was so much more than a successful entrepreneur,” says Neal Keny-Guyer, Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Corps. “He helped set a new bar in the tea industry for doing well by doing good."
Mercy Corps Applauds Congressional Action to Champion Global Food Security
Washington, DC., March 24, 2015 — Global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps applauds the strong bipartisan leadership of Representatives Chris Smith and Betty McCollum in their efforts to fight global hunger and promote food security with the introduction of the Global Food Security Act (GFSA) (HR 1567). With one in every nine people in the world undernourished and trapped in a cycle of hunger, it is vital that Congress support efforts to help vulnerable families access nutritious food and develop sustainable solutions for long-term food security.
Ethiopia: Mercy Corps and Warner Bros. Create Radio Drama to Improve Nutrition in Rural Ethiopia
Washington, DC and Burbank, Calif., March 23 2015 — Global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps and entertainment powerhouse Warner Bros. are building healthier communities in Ethiopia through a new radio drama that launched this weekend. With support from USAID, the initiative pairs Warner Bros.’ storytelling and marketing talents with Mercy Corps’ economic development expertise to create “edutainment” that influences the way families make household decisions, manage livestock and eat.
Humanitarian Agencies Join Forces with Private Sector to Improve Electronic Cash Transfers in Aid Response
Portland, Ore – Leaders in the humanitarian, financial services, and technology sectors have joined forces in a newly launched effort, the Electronic Cash Transfer Learning Action Network. Founded and led by the global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps, with the support of the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth, the network is intended to improve how electronic cash and vouchers are used to assist survivors of natural disasters and conflict globally.
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.