Colombia: Mercy Corps hosts Colombian youth soccer coaches for knowledge exchange
PORTLAND, Ore. – The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps will host a delegation of soccer coaches from Colombia June 21-28 at its headquarters in Portland, Oregon, as part of the organization’s signature Sport for Change programming. Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s SportsUnited Division, the program aims to build the skills of community coaches and leaders working with at-risk youth in developing countries to prevent violence and promote peacebuilding.
South Sudan: Humanitarian community welcomes outcomes of donor conference
This week over 300 representatives from South Sudan, donor governments, regional organizations, international and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and United Nations agencies gathered in Oslo, Norway, for a high-level humanitarian conference on South Sudan.
Syria: Entrenched Syrian crisis prompts calls for review of U.S. funding priorities
Washington, DC – The United States and international community must expedite shifting their response to the protracted Syrian crisis toward long-term strategies instead of short-term fixes, according to global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps. In testimony to the U.S.
Syria: Testimony to U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa
The United States and the international community must expedite shifting their response to the protracted Syrian crisis toward long-term strategies instead of short-term fixes, according to global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps. In testimony to the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, Mercy Corps called on Congress to fund more integrated relief and development programs in Syria’s neighboring countries, while also demanding unfettered humanitarian access inside Syria.
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.