Best-Selling Author and Journalist Gayle Tzemach Lemmon Joins Mercy Corps Board of Directors May 15, 2013
PORTLAND, Ore - The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps today announced that Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, a deputy director on the Council on Foreign Relations and best-selling author, has joined its Board of Directors. “We are thrilled to add Gayle’s experience and energy to our board,” said Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO, Mercy Corps. “She brings a unique combination of expertise in journalism, public policy, business and international development, plus an incredibly dynamic personality. I am confident she will boost Mercy Corps’ efforts to tackle the world’s toughest problems.”
Charity tells Scotland: Get on yer bike and save lives May 2, 2013
Today major Scots humanitarian charity Mercy Corps launched the 2013 Tour de Forth, a 66 mile cycle around the Firth of Forth. The charity is calling on the people of Scotland to dust off their bikes and get training ahead of the cycle challenge on Sunday 4 August 2013.
Starbucks General Counsel Lucy Lee Helm Joins Mercy Corps Board of Directors April 12, 2013
SEATTLE, Wash - The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps today announced that Lucy Lee Helm, executive vice president, general counsell and secretary at Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX), has joined its Board of Directors. Lucy brings over 20 years’ experience as a lawyer, board member, and volunteer in the Seattle community to her new position with Mercy Corps.
USAID and Skoll Foundation announce joint investment in Imazon April 12, 2013
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today the first breakthrough social enterprise to be supported by the Innovation Investment Alliance—a new Global Development Alliance with the Skoll Foundation.
NGO statement of principles for reforming food assistance programs April 10, 2013
Hunger is one of the great global challenges of our time: one in every seven people around the world deals with chronic hunger, and roughly 100 million people endure severe hunger crises each year. US food assistance programmes, particularly those under Title II of the Food for Peace Act, have served as a foundation of global efforts to confront this challenge: both through emergency programmes that keep people alive, and through developmental food assistance programmes that address underlying sources of chronic hunger and malnutrition.
President’s proposed budget includes important reforms; troubling cuts to disaster aid April 10, 2013
There is much to admire in President Obama’s FY14 budget, and we applaud his continued commitment to the world’s poorest people. In particular, the President’s proposed reforms to the United States’ food aid system are important and long overdue. However, Mercy Corps is also deeply concerned by the Administration’s proposed cuts to disaster assistance amidst a budget request that otherwise provides adequate support for humanitarian aid.
Myanmar: Mercy Corps and MasterCard partner in Myanmar to empower small farmers and entrepreneurs March 25, 2013
PORTLAND, Ore. – The global humanitarian and development organisation, Mercy Corps, and global technology and payments industry leader, MasterCard Worldwide, are announcing a partnership in the newly democratic country of Myanmar. Mercy Corps, MasterCard’s first NGO partner in Myanmar, will implement a business literacy programme called Business and Financial Literacy for Success, which will educate small farmers and households on basic business skills and money management practices, with MasterCard’s support.
Microsoft introduces Imagine Cup competition for young students March 19, 2013
REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft Corp. today announced the launch of the Imagine Cup Kodu Challenge, a new Microsoft Imagine Cup competition that offers aspiring game developers, ages 9 to 18, the opportunity to learn coding by developing a video game with Kodu, an easy-to-learn, game-creation toolkit and programming language available for free download on Windows-based PCs.
Kenya: Mercy Corps and ThoughtWorks partner to bring technology solutions to address global relief and development challenges March 7, 2013
PORTLAND, Ore and CHICAGO, Ill -- The global humanitarian organisation Mercy Corps and the custom software experts ThoughtWorks today announced a partnership to develop new software solutions to improve the breadth, impact and efficiency of Mercy Corps’ work.
Nicaragua: Coffee industry leaders team up with Mercy Corps and Aldea Global to help farmers combat seasonal hunger January 30, 2013
PORTLAND, Ore. – In coffee growing areas of Central America, seasonal hunger is a common problem. While coffee farming provides families with income for several months of the year, the harvest cycle followed by rainy season leaves some families without food or income for five to seven months. These are known as the “thin months.”