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Human Rights and Transitional Justice Seminar Series: Transitional Justice Foundations - The Place of Transitional Justice in International Interventions 

Thursday, October 25
4:00 - 5:30 PM
Carr Center Conference Room (R-219)

The Transitional Justice Program examines the challenges of countries attempting to regain balance and redress legacies of massive human rights violations. It encompasses issues of legitimacy, criminal prosecutions, truth commissions, reparations, and various kinds of institutional reform necessary to protect vulnerable segments of a society and ensure stability. Seminars are presented from a practitioner perspective.

This seminar will provide an overview of the approach to transitional justice where the international community has supported post-conflict transitions. It will draw on the story of the peace versus justice debate and fate of the transitional justice action plan in Afghanistan.

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Inter Agency Standing Committee: A New Authority for Crisis Coordination

November 2, 2012
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Address: 6th Floor, Madison Building, 380 Madison Avenue (between 46th and 47th)


11:30 - 12:00 
Presentation on the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative 
-Dr. Michael J. van Rooyen, Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative will explain the mission and vision of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, including its aim to professionalise the Humanitarian Aid sector.

12:00 - 12:30 
An Authority for Crisis Coordination and Accountability
- Dr. Michael J. van Rooyen, will present "An authority for Crisis Coordination and Accountability" by Frederick M. Burkle.

12:30 - 13:00 
Q&A and Discussion 
-Arafat Jamal, Chief of IASC Secretariat will moderate a question and answer session on the establishment of an authority for Crisis Coordination and Accountability.


The HQ Security Management Course

November 15-17, 2012 
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Good security management is vital for stable programing and enables work in emergencies and volatile or unsafe areas.

This three-day HQ Security Management Course is intended for all management, security focal points, and programme and HR staff with security responsibilities. The course enables participants to improve organizational security management, develop and maintain a security management framework and policy, and develop or improve organizational monitoring and decision making processes. Course participants will engage in discussions on essential organizational security management issues, with special attention for vital issues such as crisis management, stress management, and duty of care. 

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Empowering Women: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Afghanistan

Thursday, November 15
11:40 AM
WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman Building Room 102

This event is part of Harvard Kennedy School's Women and Public Policy Program's Fall Seminar Series. 

In societies with widespread gender discrimination, development programs involving gender quotas are considered a way to improve women's economic, political, and social status. Using a randomized field experiment across 500 Afghan villages, we examined the effect of a development program that mandates women's community participation. It was found that even in a highly conservative context such initiatives improve female participation in some economic, social, and political activities, including increased mobility and income generation. In this session, we will explore whether these measures have produced any change on more entrenched female roles linked to family decision-making or on attitudes towards the general role of women in society. Lunch will be provided. 

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Disasters and Environment: Science, Preparedness, and Resilience: 13th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment

January 15-17 2013                                                                                                                                         Washington D.C.

The Disasters and Environment Conference will focus on several key themes: cascading disasters, disasters as mechanisms of ecosystem change, and the intersection of the built and natural environments. Participants will also explore the cross-cutting themes of human behavior and its consequences, rethinking recovery and expanding the vision of mitigation, and "no regrets" resilience. These themes will be featured in eight keynote addresses, eight plenary sessions, 24 symposia, and 22 breakout workshops. Over 1,100 leaders from federal agencies, state and local governments, non-governmental and civic organizations, higher education institutions, businesses, and international entities, are expected to attend.

HHI Senior Fellow, Dr. Skip Burkle, will also be moderating a symposium titled Unmeasured Consequences of Major Natural Disasters and Conflict.

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