Mercy Corps names former Google executive and State Department advisor to new role of Chief Innovation Officer
Mercy Corps, the global humanitarian agency, has appointed Ann Mei Chang, a former Google engineering executive and State Department advisor, to the newly created position of Chief Innovation Officer. In this role, Chang will lead Mercy Corps’ initiatives that bring bold new approaches to durably improve the lives of people in some of the world’s toughest places.
Ryan C. Crocker, former Ambassador to Syria and Lebanon, joins Mercy Corps Board of Directors
Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker, a highly decorated career ambassador in the United States Foreign Service and one of the nation’s most lauded diplomats, has been elected to the board of directors of the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps. Crocker, who held ambassadorial posts in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Syria, Pakistan and Iraq, served in the Foreign Service nearly 40 years in various roles across the Middle East. Currently he is dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Mercy Corps: Syrian Refugee Crisis A 'Humanitarian Time Bomb'
With more than 2 million Syrians seeking refuge in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq, significant gaps are left by a global aid system focused almost exclusively on short-term emergency assistance, says Neal Keny-Guyer, chief executive officer of Mercy Corps. Speaking at a National Press Club Newsmaker, Keny-Guyer noted that three years on, the conflict shows no sign of abating and the situation will worsen in the months ahead.
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): Mercy Corps and Oasis500 announce partnership to boost technology start-ups in the Gaza Strip
The global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps and Oasis500, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’s premier early stage investment company and technology start-up accelerator program, have announced plans to jointly accelerate up to six technology start-ups this fall.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Humanitarian crisis escalates as millionth Syrian child enters refugee camp
As the official number of Syrian refugee children swells to one million today, Mercy Corps is working hard to help kids overcome the traumas of war.
House Committee’s Foreign Aid Budget decimates humanitarian and anti-poverty accounts
The following is a statement by Mercy Corps Vice President of Global Engagement and Policy Andrea Koppel responding to the House Appropriations Committee’s State Department and Foreign Operations (SFOPS) FY 2014 foreign aid appropriations bill.
United States: Mercy Corps welcomes Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013
Washington, D.C. – The global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps welcomes the new bipartisan Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013 introduced yesterday in the House and Senate. The bill (H.R. 2638) was introduced in the House by Judge Ted Poe (R-TX) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA), and by Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) in the Senate (S. 1271), and would establish uniform guidelines to measure the impact of foreign aid. This bill seeks to ensure that detailed information about foreign aid spending, which accounts for just one percent of the U.S.
Central African Republic: Post-Coup humanitarian crisis affects entire population of Central African Republic
The entire population of the Central African Republic (CAR), 4.6 million people, is affected by a severe humanitarian crisis following a coup and subsequent political instability, warned a group of aid organizations today. Immediate action must be taken by international governments to plug the approximately $80 million funding gap said 9 aid agencies and the Archbishop of Bangui. The forgotten political crisis threatens to destabilize the whole of Central Africa.
Syria: On World Refugee Day, Congress must remember the needs of refugees, urges NGO alliance
WASHINGTON (June 20, 2013) – Today is World Refugee Day, but there is little cause for celebration as the UN Refugee Agency estimates the number of forcibly displaced people to be the highest in nearly two decades, totaling 45.2 million people.
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): Mercy Corps and Rogue Venture Partners to launch first business accelerator in the Gaza Strip
Portland, Ore – June 5, 2013 – The global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps and Portland-based private equity firm Rogue Venture Partners today announced plans to launch Gaza Sky Geeks as a standalone business accelerator in the Gaza Strip, the first of its kind.