DR Congo: Mercy Corps tallies costs, benefits of electronic cash transfers in humanitarian crises
A new study by the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps examines the relative time and cost required to deliver cash assistance in an emergency setting. “Cheaper, Faster, Better?” is the first study to directly compare the cost-effectiveness of different electronic cash delivery approaches within the same program.
Liberia: Mercy Corps: Impact of Ebola epidemic deepens as Liberian households report eating fewer meals
A new report by the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps details how some Ebola containment protocols are straining food security, market supply chains and household incomes in Liberia. In a recent assessment, 90 percent of households reported coping with decreased income and rising prices by reducing the amount of food eaten at each meal, and substituting preferred food with lower quality or less expensive food.
Liberia: Mercy Corps applauds emergency funding request to fight Ebola epidemic
The global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps applauds the Obama administration’s emergency funding request to Congress to fight the deadly Ebola epidemic in West Africa. The request, which was sent to Congress November 5, provides for $2.1 billion in urgently needed humanitarian assistance for medical and non-medical interventions, as well as community education and economic support for countries potentially at risk of collapsing due to the Ebola crisis.
Philippines: Mercy Corps expands mobile banking in the Philippines
Portland, Ore. – One year after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, Mercy Corps is helping expand mobile banking solutions in remote, low-income communities hardest hit by the storm. Mercy Corps and BPI Globe BanKO, the Philippines’ first mobile phone-based savings bank, have distributed a total of US $2.3 million in emergency cash assistance to typhoon-affected families since the storm hit 12 months ago.
South Sudan: Heavy fighting in South Sudan disrupts Mercy Corps humanitarian operations
Bentiu, South Sudan – The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps has temporarily curtailed its humanitarian operations in Bentiu, the capital of Unity State in South Sudan, as widespread fighting erupted this week. Mercy Corps staff have had to seek safety in United Nations bunkers to escape intense gunfire and shelling.
USAID, Skoll Foundation and Grand Challenges Canada announce joint investment in VisionSpring
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Skoll Foundation, and Grand Challenges Canada announced today a joint investment in VisionSpring, a pioneering social enterprise, to scale up their innovative business model for providing affordable and appropriate eyeglasses and vision care to people living at the base of the economic pyramid.
Liberia: Mercy Corps to launch Ebola public health education campaign in Liberia
Portland, Ore. – Mercy Corps is mounting a community-led public health education campaign in Liberia to raise awareness of prevention practices and change behaviors to reduce transmission of the Ebola virus. In partnership with global health organization PSI and funded by USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, the campaign will build on Mercy Corps’ extensive community networks in Liberia cultivated over more than a decade.
Mercy Corps applauds Congressional interest in global food security
Portland, OR – The global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps applauds the strong bipartisan leadership of Senators Casey, Johanns, Coons, Isakson, Cardin and Boozman and Representatives Chris Smith and Betty McCollum for their attention to improving global food security. With more than 800 million hungry men, women and children around the world, it is vital that Congress support efforts to help families access nutritious food and develop sustainable solutions to food insecurity.
Syria: Global community must not overlook Syria’s next generation
Portland, OR – The next generation of Syrians – adolescents on the cusp of adulthood – is in danger of being overlooked by the global community’s humanitarian and educational response in the region. Of the 1.5 million Syrian refugee children under the age of 18, nearly one in every four is an adolescent. These highly vulnerable young people lack sufficient psychosocial support, education and skills-building programs. Subsequently, they are missing critical educational and life milestones, according to a new research report from the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps.
Mali, Niger, Nigeria: Gender inequality undermines community resilience
Portland, OR – The humanitarian crises of the African Sahel have drawn international attention, which has succeeded in addressing the immediate needs of millions of people. But the response has thus far failed to increase the complex region’s capacity to withstand future shocks and stresses. According to new research from the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps, numerous structural barriers and unequal power dynamics need to be addressed to create the capacity for people to cope, adapt and rebound. Among the many factors, one issue looms large: gender inequality.