Philippines: After Typhoon Haiyan, new financial products speed recovery for Philippines’ hardest hit
Manila, Philippines – BPI Globe BanKO, the Philippines’ first mobile phone-based savings bank, and the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps have teamed up with IDEO.org to design financial products that will help Filipinos hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan find more secure financial footing.
Central African Republic: Central African Republic crisis intensifies, small window to restore stability
Washington, DC – Restoring security, advancing peace-building initiatives and meeting immediate humanitarian needs are among the urgent actions the United States and the international community must take quickly to reverse the massive humanitarian crisis underway in Central African Republic (CAR), according to the global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps. In testimony to the U.S.
Central African Republic: Testimony to U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa
In testimony to the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Mercy Corps called for strong international support to help the conflict-ridden nation break the cycle of chronic insecurity and extreme poverty. Read the full written testimony (PDF) ▸
Iraq: Mercy Corps: Engaged civil society organizations in Iraq can boost trust in government
Washington, DC – Effective and engaged civil society organizations can help mend the bond between citizens and government, potentially supporting the desire for long-term political stability in Iraq, according to new research from the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps. The study aimed to identify the factors that influence attitudes related to three key good-governance outcomes: political efficacy, perceptions of government responsiveness and legitimacy.
South Sudan: Mercy Corps warns of imminent humanitarian catastrophe in South Sudan
Juba, South Sudan – The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps, deeply concerned by the escalation of violence against civilians in South Sudan, warns the nation is on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe. Signs of malnutrition are present and one-third of the population is at risk of famine by 2015. The onset of heavy rains exposes internally displaced persons in overcrowded areas to the possibility of a waterborne disease outbreak, such as cholera.
Mercy Corps elects former Google director and emerging markets tech expert to board of directors
PORTLAND, Ore. –Gisel Kordestani, co-founder of Crowdpac and former director of new business development at Google, has joined the board of directors of the global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps. Kordestani brings extensive experience in the global technology sector, particularly in the Middle East.
Sustainability at Work awards Gold Certification to Mercy Corps
PORTLAND, Ore. – Mercy Corps has achieved Sustainability at Work’s gold certification and is recognized for its leadership helping make Portland one of the cleanest, most sustainable cities in the country. To earn this honor, Mercy Corps completed numerous actions to benefit our local economy, our community and our environment, which were verified during an onsite visit with a Sustainability at Work Advisor.
China: Mercy Corps welcomes President of China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation to board of directors
PORTLAND, Ore. – He Daofeng, longtime entrepreneur and president of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), has been elected to the board of directors of Mercy Corps, the leading global humanitarian organization. As longstanding global partners, the China Foundation and Mercy Corps have collaborated on microfinance programs in China and mounted emergency responses after the 2008 and 2013 China earthquakes.
Syria: Mercy Corps: Syrian conflict enters fourth year, still no end in sight
Portland, Ore. – As the Syrian conflict enters its fourth year, well over 100,000 lives have been lost and nearly 10 million people driven from their homes.
Jordan, Syria: Mercy Corps: Jordan’s aging pipes lose enough water for 2.6 million people
Washington, DC – Syrian refugees are placing acute new pressures on the water resources of Jordan, which already faces a water crisis due to declining supplies and out-of-date infrastructure.