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.
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.