Central African Republic: How to Build Peace and Manage Conflict? Start Early
Bangui, Central African Republic — An assessment of a recent, 15-month effort by the global organization Mercy Corps in the Central African Republic (CAR) reveals that when it comes to conflict management and violence prevention, an early focus on conflict resolution makes a profound difference.
Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Syria: Refugee Crisis in Europe: Choose Engagement over Isolation, Says Mercy Corps
Young refugees will continue to risk their lives to come to Europe until they are offered genuine alternatives for their future, says a new survey by the global organization Mercy Corps. The report shines a light on the importance of establishing policies that help refugees build happier, more productive lives and minimize the risk of isolation and conflict.
Syria: Russian Entry Significantly Impacts Humanitarian Response in Syria, Says Mercy Corps
Washington, DC —The growing involvement of Russia in the Syrian conflict is likely to lead to even greater civilian displacement and further complicates delivery of lifesaving humanitarian assistance, warns the global organization Mercy Corps in testimony to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa.
Testimony of Michael Bowers to U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa
Michael Bowers, Vice President of Humanitarian Leadership and Response at Mercy Corps, testified before the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa hearing on the Syrian humanitarian crisis.
Mercy Corps Names Dara Royer Chief Development and Marketing Officer
Portland, Ore. — Mercy Corps has appointed Dara Royer to the position of Chief Development and Marketing Officer. In this role, Royer will lead Mercy Corps’ fundraising, marketing and communications teams to advance the work of Mercy Corps in over 40 countries.
Iraq, Jordan, Syria: Understanding the Drivers of Violence
Washington, DC – Relatively large numbers of Jordanians have been drawn to violent causes in Syria and Iraq, with some estimating the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan contributes more fighters per capita to ISIS and Al-Qaeda than any other country. Understanding the reasons why Jordanians are choosing to fight for violent extremist groups could go a long way toward helping to prevent future recruitment.
DR Congo, Lebanon, Syria, Uganda: Refugee Crisis in Europe Demands Bold Thinking
Washington, DC — The current humanitarian crisis in Europe is further evidence of massive unmet humanitarian needs worldwide and calls into question whether or not today’s international system of governance, development and aid is fit for the task. Mercy Corps believes it is not. According to the global organization, the existing system is unsustainable—both overstretched and underfunded – and there is an urgent need for one that is more cost-effective, less bureaucratic and more nimble.
Syria: Mercy Corps to Congress: Syrian Refugees Worse Off Than a Year Ago
Washington, DC — In testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, a senior official with the global organization Mercy Corps tells of deteriorating humanitarian and security conditions in Syria and Iraq and warns of even greater troubles ahead.
Testimony of Michael Bowers to U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Michael Bowers, Vice President of Humanitarian Leadership and Response at Mercy Corps, provided a statement to the United States Committee on Foreign Relations hearing on Iraq, Syria and the fight against ISIS on September 16, 2015. Read Full Testimony ▸
Lebanon, Syria: Even in World’s Worst Refugee Crisis, Communities Can Build Back Stronger
Beirut, Lebanon — People usually think of resilience in the context of natural disasters—how families cope with the aftermath of an earthquake or how communities adapt to increasing cycles of drought. But the next generation of resilience thinking is about adapting and applying the lessons from recurring disasters to conflict-related crises.