Farm bill’s international food-aid reforms boost resilience of vulnerable communities
Washington, DC – Mercy Corps applauds the farm bill conferees, particularly the leaders of the Senate and House agriculture committees, for their hard work in ensuring the bill advances important reforms that improve the efficiency of international food-aid programs and invest in building resilience – the ability of communities to cope, adapt and rebound after shocks such as drought and famine.
South Sudan: NGOs welcome ceasefire agreement in South Sudan, reaffirm their commitment to help all populations in need of assistance
Fifty-five major humanitarian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in South Sudan have expressed their deep concern about the current humanitarian situation in the country and reaffirmed their commitment to help all civilian populations in need of assistance.
Philippines: BPI Globe BanKO and Mercy Corps Launch Mobile-Based Economic Recovery Initiative for Philippine Typhoon Survivors
Cebu City, Philippines – BPI Globe BanKO, the Philippines’ first mobile-based, microfinance-focused bank, and the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps have launched a comprehensive program to support the economic recovery of 25,000 typhoon-affected households in Western, Central and Eastern Visayas regions, which were some of the hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan.
Mercy Corps Applauds U.S. Humanitarian Funding Levels for 2014
Washington, DC – The global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps applauds the strong bipartisan leadership of the congressional appropriations committees for responding to urgent humanitarian needs around the globe and prioritizing assistance in the 2014 omnibus spending bill unveiled on Monday.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Mercy Corps: Syria crisis needs smarter long-term investments
Washington, DC – As the third anniversary of the start of the Syria crisis approaches, the unprecedented humanitarian needs require full funding of the United Nations $6.5 billion appeal, including $4.2 billion for the refugee response. However, in a new policy report, the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps is also urging a long overdue shift in the global community’s response to the crisis.
Philippines: Mobile Money Relief Effort in Philippines Spurs Banking Access
Cebu City, Philippines – BPI Globe BanKO, the Philippines’ first mobile-based, microfinance-focused bank, has partnered with the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps to provide mobile cash transfers to those most impacted by Typhoon Haiyan.
West Bank and Gaza: First Gaza technology startups accepted into Gaza Sky Geeks accelerator
PORTLAND, Ore. – After a highly competitive selection process, two technology startups in Gaza have been accepted into Gaza Sky Geeks, Gaza’s first technology business accelerator. The budding firms – Datrios and DWBI Solutions– have designed new applications: a social networking app for sports fans and an app for institutional data management.
No lines, just love: Skip the mall and go straight to feeling good with Mercy Corps Gifts
There are many people on your shopping list this year, which is great because there are many people on Mercy Corps’ list too: families in the Philippines who need shelter; students who are excited to go to school in Sudan; youth in the Middle East seeking start-up loans for their businesses; and children in Syria who are recovering from trauma. This holiday season, Mercy Corps Gifts offers shoppers an easy and meaningful way to check every name off their list.
Somalia: Mercy Corps study finds that resilience to disasters hinges on women
Washington, DC – People in the poorest parts of the world may be better able to bounce back from disasters if women play a key role in making household decisions, according to new research from the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps. The research, based on findings from crisis-prone southern Somalia, explores a range of factors that increase resilience to shocks and stresses such as severe storms, drought and conflict.
Mercy Corps applauds introduction of Humanitarian Assistance Facilitation Act of 2013
WASHINGTON, DC – Mercy Corps urges Congress to quickly consider and pass the Humanitarian Assistance Facilitation Act of 2013 (HAFA/H.R. 3526), introduced this week by Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ), Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE). The bill aims to remove legal roadblocks that have stalled and sometimes obstructed U.S. non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working to deliver lifesaving aid to vulnerable people who have the misfortune of living in communities controlled by sanctioned governments or terrorist groups.