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Ahead of the First Formal Consultations for the Global Compact on Refugees, 14 international NGOs and InterAction signed a statement in which they reflect on the Zero Draft of the Global Compact on Refugees, including their recommendations to ensure that the Compact leads to a better response to the large movement of refugees, greater equity across States, and support refugees to live in safety and dignity.
The headlines in 2017 were full of heart-wrenching stories and images of natural disasters wreaking havoc on communities around the world. When disaster strikes, the immediate concern of all humanitarian responders is, and should be, how to help people meet their basic, urgent needs, like food, water and shelter. But how a response is conducted can have significant implications on how the community recovers — and how fast.
The global order is changing, and 2018 represents a critical juncture. How can we address conflict, climate change, and other issues that are affecting families around the world?
Read on to learn more in this Q&A with Neal Keny-Guyer, who was served as Mercy Corps' CEO since 1994.
You’ve noted that we’re living in a time of unprecedented confluence of complex crises around the world — in places like Syria, Yemen and the Horn of Africa. Are these distinct events, or are they linked by larger forces?
On 14 and 15 December EU Heads of State are expected to discuss the internal and external dimension of the EU’s migration policy. Instead of proposing policies that represent only the lowest common denominator between member states, the EU should put forward a principled agenda that addresses migration in both a humane and effective way. European leaders should leverage the attention to migration and displacement to promote global policies that are deeply embedded in a strong humanrightsagenda.
The Facilitator’s Guide for the basic-needs based Response Options Analysis and Planning (ROAP) is a step-by-step guide comprising tools and templates to carry out a multi-sectoral response analysis and planning of response options, in a sudden-onset or chronic crisis.
The ROAP is intended as a structured decision-making process, which brings together and draws from the information generated by the Basic Needs Analysis (BNA) (as well as other needs assessments) and the analysis operational environment (see The ROAP within the Humanitarian Programme Cycle).
The Basic Needs Analysis (BNA) is a multi-sector needs analysis approach that can be applied in both sudden onset and protracted emergencies. The methodology comprises the Guidance (this document) presenting the conceptual BNA framework and related processes, and a Toolbox, which includes tools, templates, training materials, and examples drawn from its first pilot, in Borno State(Nigeria).
After a disaster, the immediate concern of all humanitarian responders is—and should be—to help affected populations meet their basic, urgent needs. But how a response is conducted can have significant implications on how the community recovers—and how fast.
STRATEGIC RESILIENCE ASSESSMENT (STRESS)
What is STRESS?
STRESS is a methodology that helps teams apply resilience thinking in distinct humanitarian or development contexts. Deepening understanding of risk and the systems communities rely on allows practitioners to adjust what they do and how they do it—helping maintain progress toward well-being outcomes even in the face of increasing instability and fragility.
Technology has the potential to transform the way organizations like ours tackle the world’s toughest challenges.
With 65 million people forced from their homes in search of safety and a better life for their families, humanitarian and development organizations like Mercy Corps are stretched to our limits. At the same time this record number of people is on the move, technology advancements are breaking down geographic barriers and creating an inter-connectedness the likes of which the world has never seen before.
Greece, May 30, 2017
Statement on internal investigation in Greece
PORTLAND, ORE. – Mercy Corps is investigating an allegation of serious misconduct by two of our employees in Greece after receiving a call through our complaint hotline. We are taking this situation very seriously and have reported the allegation to Greek authorities as well as to the funders of our program.
The road to starvation can be long and agonizing. But for Hauwa, it happened in an instant.
One afternoon last February, Hauwa and her five children were home on their farm in Nigeria when the distant rumble of motorcycles broke through the peace of their village. Boko Haram had come. The village scattered: Hauwa dropped everything, grabbed her kids, untied the family cow and sprinted into the wilderness. In a single moment, the life they knew was over.
For thousands of young refugees, the road to Europe ended on the islands of Greece. They came from countries like Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia, all from different circumstances but with the same shared dream: to leave behind the violence of home and build a better life on safer shores.
But after walking across international borders, being smuggled inside trucks, and finally securing passage across the open sea, many of these young men and women stepped onto the shore to learn the doors into Europe had been closed.
For around 20 million people from Africa to the Middle East, severe hunger is a daily reality.
For some, the risk of starvation is even greater. Since late 2016, conditions in Nigeria indicate that famine has occurred and might be ongoing. In South Sudan, famine has been declared, and in Somalia and Yemen there is a high risk of famine in 2017. Without immediate support, 1.4 million of those at imminent risk of death are children.
Q&A with Kate McMahon, Mercy Corps food security advisor
Right now, an estimated 20 million people are facing life-threatening hunger due to drought and conflict in four regions around the world. The United Nations recently declared famine in some parts of South Sudan and warned that famine could soon hit in Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. Mercy Corps is meeting the urgent needs of tens of thousands of people in all four of countries and is working hard to prevent catastrophe in the coming weeks and months.
The purpose of this briefing paper is to support evaluators in producing good evaluations by helping to think about values and ethics consciously and carefully. To do this, we’ll first look at the relationship between ethics and evaluation. We will then look at the big picture of what constitutes “good peacebuilding” or peacebuilding “done right.” We will also explore ethical issues involved in who determines the values and criteria by which we judge programs.
Refugees and migrants in Greece age 15 to 24 have an overwhelming interest in continuing their education, a desire to work and willingness to learn new skills, according to a new report by the global organisations Mercy Corps and Norwegian Refugee Council. The study “Don’t forget us” explores for the first time in Greece the needs and vulnerabilities of the estimated 18,000 young women and men stranded there.
The two organisations conducted 17 focus group discussions with 120 adolescents and youth from 11 different countries residing on Greek islands and mainland sites.
Following the treacherous winter weather in Greece, some refugees and migrants are being temporarily housed on a navy ship docked at the island of Lesvos. Mercy Corps provided transport to move refugees and migrants to the ship, and today, is undertaking cash distributions to help them meet their urgent needs.
Alan Glasgow, Mercy Corps Director of European Migration Response says:
3rd January 2017
London, United Kingdom - As the global partnership for cash transfer programming in humanitarian aid, the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) takes issue with recent criticisms of cash transfers made by Nigel Evans MP and in the media.