World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) Commitments
In response to the UN Secretary-General’s call for all those invested in a more effective, efficient and responsive humanitarian system to make concrete commitments to his Agenda for Humanity, Mercy Corps will deliver these top core commitments at the WHS.
Syria: Mercy Corps: Syria cease-fire must hold
The global organization Mercy Corps calls on all parties to the conflict in Syria to abide by the new cessation of hostilities agreement and allow all humanitarian agencies to deliver sustained and unfettered lifesaving assistance to civilians in Syria.
Mercy Corps Welcomes Dr. Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala to Global Leadership Council
Portland, Ore. – The leading global organization Mercy Corps has appointed Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Chair of the Board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, and Senior Adviser at Lazard, to the organization’s Global Leadership Council.
Kenya: Mercy Corps to Co-Present Eighth Annual Tech for Development Conference
Portland, Ore. – Hundreds of experts from the relief and development and technology worlds are gathering in Nairobi, Kenya, on May 16-19 at the eighth annual Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT4D) conference. Attendees will focus on the latest ways to harness cutting-edge information technology to help people around the world who are living in poverty.
Nepal: Mercy Corps: Despite Challenges, Nepal is on the Road to Recovery
Kathmandu, Nepal – In the months after last year’s earthquake, Mercy Corps provided lifesaving assistance – emergency kits, temporary shelter and cash – to more than 135,000 people in Nepal. Today, Mercy Corps’ long-term recovery efforts seek to impact tens of thousands of families.
Meeting the Real Needs of Syrian Civilians: A Message to the Humanitarian Task Force
It has been 60 days since the U.S. and Russia signed the Munich agreement, calling for increased attention to address the dire humanitarian conditions inside Syria. In this time the Humanitarian Task Force (HTF)—established by the 23-member International Syria Support Group (ISSG)—has helped push for UN convoys to enter 31 communities designated by the UN as besieged and hard-to-reach areas delivering short-term supplies for 400,000 people since the beginning of the year, less than 10 percent of people in need in those areas.
Syria: Negotiate Syria aid according to need, not politics
The fact that some besieged towns are still not getting consistent approval for UN convoys suggests that humanitarian decisions are tied to political concerns, not need,” says Dee Goluba, Syria Director for Mercy Corps.
Mercy Corps Applauds U.S. House Passage of Global Food Security Act
Washington, DC – The global organization Mercy Corps applauds the passage of the Global Food Security Act (GFSA)(HR 1567/S1252) by the U.S. House of Representatives and calls on the Senate to swiftly support this effort to promote global food security. With 795 million men, women and children facing hunger around the world, it is critical that lawmakers work to expand families’ access to nutritious food and increase their food security.
Nigeria: Mercy Corps: Inequality and Grievances Central to Boko Haram’s Recruitment of Youth
PORTLAND, ORE. – Frustrations with weak governance created some level of community acceptance of Boko Haram, allowing the group to infiltrate villages in northeast Nigeria and recruit youth, according to the global organization Mercy Corps. A new report investigates motives for youth to join Boko Haram, based on interviews with dozens of former members through research funded by the Ford Foundation.
Yemen: Mercy Corps: Yemen's Children Starved by War
Sana’a, Yemen – Almost a year into the country’s civil war, one in four Yemeni children is malnourished and food insecurity is on the rise, according to information gathered by the global organization Mercy Corps. As the conflict drives price increases for essential food items, even more children are likely to become hungry in the months ahead.