DAVOS, Switzerland — The Alpine village of Davos, Switzerland, is quite a contrast to the contexts where the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps tends to work. Chief Executive Officer Neal Keny-Guyer spent a few days at the World Economic Forum annual meetings there last month, in between trips to Iraq and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was his 10th year in Davos, and he makes sure to travel to the Swiss mountain town from one of the 43 countries where the NGO works to put things in perspective.
What brings Keny-Guyer back to Davos year after year is the opportunity to build new partnerships between government, business, and civil society. Violence has become the driving force behind most human suffering, he explains. And his call to action at the WEF meetings this year was to tackle the conflict reshaping the world by mitigating long standing grievances, supporting good governance, and promoting inclusive economic growth.