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Enhancing efficiency and effectiveness of Food Security Cluster Coordination

The course is aimed at providing basic knowledge about the role and functions of the Food Security Cluster, both at global and national level. It is also aimed at building basic Cluster Coordination competencies and providing tools for efficient Food Security Cluster Coordination....

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Introduction to Socio-Ecological Resilience

In recent years, the notion of resilience has grown into an important concept for both scholars and practitioners working on disasters. This evolution reflects a growing interest from diverse disciplines in a holistic understanding of complex systems, including how societies interact with their...

Oct 2017
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  • Discussion Informed by Recurrent Lessons from a Systematic Review on Targeting Practices in Urban Humanitarian Crises

    Introduction: Urbanization has challenged many humanitarian practices given the complexity of cities. Urban humanitarian crises have similarly made identifying vulnerable populations difficult. As humanitarians respond to cities with chronic deficiencies in basic needs stressed by a crisis,...

    Oct 2017
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  • The association between social cohesion and community resilience in two urban slums of Port au Prince, Haiti

    Multiple recent global agendas have advanced the case for resilience to underpin humanitarian action and disaster risk reduction. These agendas have been incorporated into multiple efforts but evidence to guide action has lagged behind. This study examines a specific link, often cited...

    Oct 2017
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  • Resettling Syrian Refugees: The Intersection of Rehabilitation and Protection

    Since the beginning of the Syrian Civil War in 2011, the neighboring countries of Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan have collectively absorbed approximately 5 million registered refugees--not counting the untold numbers who remain unregistered. As their displacement becomes increasingly protracted and...

    Oct 2017
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  • How the Networked Age is Changing Humanitarian Disasters

    Information communication technologies and the data they produce are transforming how natural and manmade disasters alike unfold. These technologies are also affecting how populations behave and organizations respond when these events occur. In this talk, Nathaniel Raymond — founding...

    Oct 2017
    Crisis Code: Humanitarian Protection in the Digital Age

    Crisis Code: Humanitarian Protection in the Digital Age. Panel 1: Humanitarian Threats in the Age of Cyberwar, part of our #SwissTouch...

    Oct 2017
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  • HarvardX Course: Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster

    A trailer video for the course can be found here. 

    From the Syrian refugee crisis to the West Africa Ebola outbreak, humanitarian emergencies have reached unprecedented dimensions and proportions. As need for...

    Oct 2017 Link
    Practitioner Profiles | Sawsan Samara and Joel Hernandez

    In this episode, Meredith Blake speaks with Sawsan Samara and Joel Hernandez about their time working for the Elpida Home for Refugees in Thessaloniki, Greece.

    Sawsan has 12 years of experience working in the development sector with a focus on gender issues and the Syrian refugee...

    Sep 2017
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  • Yemen’s Cholera Crisis: Fighting Disease During Armed Conflict

    Yemen currently faces the “world’s worst cholera outbreak in the midst of the world’s largest humanitarian crisis,” according to a joint statement issued by UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in July 2017. As of August, the WHO reported that over 500,...

    Sep 2017
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  • The Humanitarian as Negotiator: Developing Capacity Across the Sector

    This paper examines the dynamics at play in ongoing efforts to cultivate negotiation capacity among professionals working in the humanitarian sector. Based on extensive interviews conducted with humanitarian practitioners, this paper addresses three overarching issues. The first is...

    Sep 2017
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  • Michael VanRooyen Discusses Hurricane Harvey

    Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Director Michael VanRooyen discusses the impact of Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in Texas on August 25, 2017. Dr. VanRooyen goes on to suggest ways to contribute to the relief effort. 

    Sep 2017
    Michael VanRooyen on World Humanitarian Day 2017

    HHI Director Michael VanRooyen shares his thoughts on World Humanitarian Day 2017.

    Sep 2017
    A Rights-based Approach to Information in Humanitarian Assistance

    Crisis-affected populations and humanitarian aid providers are both becoming increasingly reliant on information and communications technology (ICTs) for finding and provisioning aid. This is exposing critical, unaddressed gaps in the legal and ethical frameworks that traditionally defined...

    Sep 2017
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  • Introduction to Socio-Ecological Resilience

    In recent years, the notion of resilience has grown into an important concept for both scholars and practitioners working on disasters. This evolution reflects a growing interest from diverse disciplines in a holistic understanding of complex systems, including how societies interact with their...

    Sep 2017
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  • Interview with David Polatty on Military Planning and Risk Management in Humanitarian Response

    David Polatty is civilian faculty at the U.S. Naval War College and is director of the College of Operational & Strategic Leadership's Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Program. In this interview he discusses the value of military style planning within humanitarian responses. He...

    Aug 2017
    Book Review: The Power Behind Global Health

    Doctoral student Summer Marion recently published “The Power Behind Global Health,” a review of Chelsea Clinton and Devi Sridhar’s recent book, Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World, and Why...

    Aug 2017
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  • Tensions of Civil-Military Engagement in Complex Emergencies: The Case of Pakistan

    With the international humanitarian community’s capacity to respond to large-scale and protracted emergencies stretched increasingly thin, international militaries are filling in some of the gaps. This growing involvement of militaries in humanitarian response poses unique opportunities,...

    Jul 2017
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  • Interview with Julia Brooks on the Growing Challenge of Attacks Against Aid Workers

    Julia Brooks MALD, Legal Research Associate at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative discusses key points related to the growing challenge of attacks against aid workers in the humanitarian sector.

    Jul 2017
    Practitioner Pathways: Establishing a Career in the Humanitarian Sector

    Despite the significant growth of the humanitarian sector in recent years - now employing over 250,000 professionals - practitioners often express...

    Jul 2017
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  • The Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP)

    The Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) works to develop effective response where it is needed most, and aims at a major improvement in the way countries cope with populations caught up in a disaster or conflict. DEPP collaborative approaches improve the quality and...

    Jul 2017
    Beyond the Protective Effect: Towards a Theory of Harm for Information Communication Technologies in Mass Atrocity Response

    Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) are now being employed as a standard part of mass atrocity response, evidence collection, and research by non-governmental organizations, governments, and the private sector. Deployment of these tools and techniques occur for a variety of...

    Jun 2017
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  • "Serious" Games: Innovative Learning in the Humanitarian Sector

    Games, simulations, and role-playing exercises have become an important component of capacity building endeavors across the humanitarian sector. Additionally—as reflected in the International Committee of the Red Cross’s (ICRC’s) work with video game developers to ensure that certain violent...

    Jun 2017
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  • Interview with Gilbert Burnham on Humanitarian Measurement and Evaluation in the Field

    Dr. Gilbert Burnham MD, Phd, Department of International Health John's Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health discusses key points related to M&E in the field and it's applicability to leadership and decision making in the humanitarian sector.

    Jun 2017
    SDG Studio Geneva - SDG 17 - Anwar Mahfoudh

    Anwar Mahfoudh from KoBo Toolbox in the SDG Studio Geneva talks about SDG 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

    May 2017

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