President's Budget Insufficient to Meet Growing Global Humanitarian Need
Washington, DC — The global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps says the Obama administration’s FY2016 budget request is a mixed bag for the world’s most vulnerable people. On the one hand, the Administration calls for a 20 percent cut in funding for refugees and an eight percent cut for internally displaced people. On the other hand, development accounts, which can address the root causes of fragility in countries frequently affected by conflict and natural disasters, receive a significant increase in funding.
Mercy Corps Forms Global Leadership Council
Portland, Ore. — Seven world political, business and economic leaders have joined Mercy Corps’ new Global Leadership Council to help enhance the organization’s strategic impact and influence and further strengthen responses to humanitarian and economic challenges around the world.
U.S.-based NGOs Applaud Passage of Coast Guard Legislation that Maintains Efficiencies in U.S. International Food Aid Programs
The organizations listed below strongly support the exclusion of harmful provisions for U.S. international food aid programs from the recently passed Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014.The amended legislation sustains recent efficiency gains in U.S. international food aid programs. Provisions included in the original legislation would have negatively impacted crucial U.S. international food aid programs and their beneficiaries. Thankfully, these provisions were not included in the bill that ultimately passed the House and Senate.
Iraq: Mercy Corps calls on Congress to take decisive steps in Iraq
Washington, DC – The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps is calling on the United States Congress to expand humanitarian assistance and take a series of other decisive steps to help address ongoing humanitarian concerns in Iraq. In testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, Mercy Corps highlighted multiple challenges in the conflict-torn nation.
Iraq, United States: Testimony of Andrea Koppel to the U.S. House of Representatives Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
Andrea Koppel, Mercy Corps’ Vice President of Global Engagement and Policy, testifies at the U.S. House of Representatives Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission hearing on Humanitarian and Human Rights Concerns of the Current Iraq Crisis.
Liberia: Testimony on Ebola response by Javier Alvarez to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs
Mercy Corps was invited to testify before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs for the hearing, “The Ebola Epidemic: The Keys to Success for the International Response," where our Acting Country Director for Liberia urged Members of Congress and the world to look at the Ebola crisis as more than a health crisis, but a crisis of systems. We called for greater attention to the socio-economic implications of the crisis on traders, vendors, youth and vulnerable households.
West Bank and Gaza: Mercy Corps extends successful crowdfunding campaign for Gaza Sky Geeks
After an intense outpouring of support by the global startup community, a crowdfunding campaign launched by the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps to secure the future of Gaza Sky Geeks (GSG) , Gaza’s first and only startup accelerator, has been extended through January 8.
Philippines: Mercy Corps helping Philippines residents weather massive storm
As Typhoon Hagupit, one of the most powerful typhoons of 2014, made landfall in the Philippines, the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps was already initiating its emergency activities, helping residents prepare for the storm’s arrival as well as for its aftermath.
The gift of gab: Mercy Corps gifts give them something to talk about
This season, give your loved ones the best conversation starter around the holiday turkey (or vegan meat alternative). Mercy Corps Gifts add a meaningful global connection, no matter what your family’s holiday traditions, and make a difference in the lives of people and communities around the world.
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.