The Humanitarian Newsletter December 23, 2013 - January 13, 2014 Dear friends, It has been another eventful year for the Institute of International


The Humanitarian Newsletter

December 23, 2013 - January 13, 2014

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Brendan Cahill, IIHA Executive Director

Dear friends,

It has been another eventful year for the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham University. On the undergraduate level, our BA program in Humanitarian Studies, led by Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow Alexander van Tulleken, was approved by New York State and will begin in Fall 2014. As we wrote in the introduction to the program:

Humanitarian action, those international endeavors that attempt to relieve the suffering of populations in crisis, and its ideological counterpart, humanitarianism, are powerful notions that cut across many aspects of contemporary life. Even as humanitarianism makes compelling moral claims, its actions are often shaped by political interests, expediency, and a technocratic approach to addressing suffering, all of which have potential to harm the world’s most vulnerable populations. The academy has a vital role to play in both understanding humanitarianism and improving contemporary humanitarian practice. The major in international humanitarian studies allows students to examine technical innovation and undertake theoretical critique of humanitarian activities across a range of crises and actors.

The IIHA has also agreed to offer two undergraduate programs in Summer 2014 for those Fordham and non-Fordham students interested in examining this subject.

On the graduate level, our international programs, led by our Humanitarian Programs Director Larry Hollingworth, took place throughout the year in Berlin, Barcelona, New York, Istanbul and Kuala Lumpur. The IIHA was honored to be asked by UN-OCHA to create and organize a week-long program in Beirut, Lebanon, focusing on Disaster Management and the Syrian crisis.

In publications, the compendium History and Hope: The Humanitarian Reader, edited by Kevin M. Cahill, M.D. and the second, revised edition of To Bear Witness, by Kevin M. Cahill, M.D., were produced by Fordham University Press. The launch for History and Hope was hosted by UNGA President Nassir al-Nasser and Ambassador Francis Deng, and featured actress Vanessa Redgrave. The launch for To Bear Witness was hosted by Roy Lennox, Bob Pittman and Tom Brokaw. IIHA Visiting Lecturer and Humanitarian Consultant, Jessica Alexander, published her memoir, Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid with a launch at Fordham University. Visiting Fellow Masood Hyder is co-editing a book for Fordham University Press on Humanitarian Assistance and the BRIC nations. Visiting Research Scholar Rene Desiderio wrote a number of reports for UNFPA. All three visiting fellows were able to lecture and teach for the IIHA on numerous occasions.

The IIHA was supported by multi-year grants from the Helen Hamlyn Trust and North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, by charitable foundations and individuals. We are fortunate to have worked in partnership with IOM, JRS, WFP, ACF, CMMB, UN-OCHA, IFRC, the AJCU schools, the NOHA academic partnership and many other organizations and agencies.

Our next year will see the graduate programs taking place in Barcelona, New York, Istanbul and Nairobi. We welcome the opportunity to work with our alumni and partner organizations in creating other, site-specific programs.

We are proud of the continued accomplishments of the IIHA, both domestically and internationally, through our staff and faculty, and our incredible students working in the field. We are grateful for all who contribute to our mission and vision with their time, enthusiasm, and unwavering loyalty. None of this could be achieved without your dedication and support. If you are interested and able to support the work of the IIHA, we encourage you to consider making a donation. Your cash or in-kind contribution can help to provide scholarships, hire new research fellows and create new programs.

We wish you all a joyful Holiday Season and a happy and healthy New Year.

Brendan Cahill
Executive Director

* To find out more about how you can support the work of the IIHA, please email us at or call us at +1 212-636-6294.

International Events


Wednesday, January 22, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (GMT)
Book Launch - Justice & Security Reform: Why donors struggle to engage informal actors

Justice and Security Reform: Development Agencies & Informal Institutions in Sierra Leone undertakes a deep contextual analysis of the reform of Sierra Leone’s security and justice sectors since the end of the civil war in 2002. Arguing that the political and bureaucratic nature of development agencies leads to a lack of engagement with informal institutions, this book examines the challenges of sustainably transforming security and justice in fragile states. Through the analysis of a post-conflict context often held up as an example of successful peacebuilding, the book reveals how the politics of development agencies is an often forgotten constraint in security and justice reform and development efforts more broadly. This event will focus on the question: Why has engagement with informal actors remained so limited?

To RSVP: Please contact Claire Bracegirdle at

Location: 203 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NJ, United Kingdom.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Launch of the EFA Global Monitoring Report 2013/4 - Teaching & Learning: Achieving Quality for All

The 2013/4 Education for All Global Monitoring Report shows that a lack of attention to education quality and a failure to reach the marginalized have contributed to a learning crisis that needs urgent attention. Worldwide, 250 million children – many of them from disadvantaged backgrounds – are not learning the basics. This event aims to describe how policy-makers can support and sustain a quality education system for all children, regardless of background, by providing the best teachers. The report also documents global progress in achieving education goals and identifies hindering factors to advances in education.

For more information & to RSVP: Please contact Salma Zulfiqar at Please note that space is limited for this event.

Location: Africa Hall in UNECA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Monday, March 24, 2014 - Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The 1st International Conference on Information & Communication Technologies for Disaster Management

The 1st International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Disaster Management (ICT-DM'2014) aims to bring together academics and practitioners who are involved in the emergency services, emergency planning, disaster management and allied professions, to learn about latest developments, share research, experiences and information about this area. The conference will include paper presentations describing original work on the current state of research and practices in technologies and systems for prevention, preparation, response and recovery of disasters. The themes include (but not limited to) emergency communication, collaboration and coordination, decision enhancement systems, security and privacy, geo-information and space technologies, multi-sensor data collection, information dissemination and early warning and standardization efforts.

For more information: Please visit their website.

Location: CERIST, Algiers, Algeria

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Thursday, May 8 - Friday, May 9, 2014
44th St. Gallen Symposium: The Clash of Generations

The 2014 St. Gallen Symposium will focus on the topic 'The Clash of Generations". The Symposium will explore the disparities between generations, looking at societal structure and its implications on economic productivity, general welfare, political stability and social cohesion. Those in attendance include government leaders and workers, NGOs, interest groups, members of the press, companies, and universities.

For more information: Please email or call +41 71 227 20 20.

Location: Dufourstrasse 83, P.O. Box 1045, 9001, St. Gallen, Switzerland

Online Events


Wednesday, January 15, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (GMT)
How is climate change affecting migration – and how should policy-makers respond?

​In collaboration with the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and introduced by Kevin Watkins, ODI's Chief Executive, this event will look at the latest evidence on the linkages between climate change and human displacement, and its social, economic and cultural implications.

For more information and to register: Please click here.

Location: This event can be attended in person or streamed online. The event will be held at 203 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NJ, United Kingdom.


Wednesday, January 22, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (GMT)
The Science of Delivery and the Art & Politics of Institutional Change

This event will explore the relevance of current donor approaches in fragile states and whether/how the recent emphasis on the “science of delivery” can assist in refining these to connect more usefully with the challenges faced in fragile contexts. Michael Woodcock, a lecturer in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, will be speaking at the event.

For more information and to register: Please click here.

Location: This event can be attended in person or streamed online. The event will be held at 203 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NJ, United Kingdom.

Job Opportunities


International Rescue Committee - Governance and Rights Coordinator, Somalia

The IRC is currently seeking a Governance & Rights Coordinator for its Somalia program, based in Garrowe (Puntland) with travel within Somalia and Nairobi as necessary. The position reports to the Deputy Director of Programs and will lead in designing and overseeing programs focusing on community based planning and activity implementation, mainstreaming governance approaches in other sectors, peace building, community safety and protection interventions. The coordinator will work closely with other sector coordinators within the country program, field teams and the IRC technical units focused on Governance, protection, women’s protection & empowerment to coordinate technical input and oversight of program activities.

To apply: Please fill out this form and upload your resume.

United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) - Energy Reform Communications Specialist

UNMAS is seeking a strong candidate for Nairobi based position. Responsibilities include working with Senior Communications Advisor to coordinate the design and delivery of communications strategy as well as targeted capacity building for local counterparts and conducting/managing quantitative and qualitative research to determine stakeholder and public understanding and attitudes toward energy-related transactions and policy reform.

To apply: Please contact Alex Maisuradze at as soon as possible.


Action Against Hunger - Slum Survey Program Manager, Bangladesh

Action Against Hunger seeks a Slum Survey Program Manager to identify potential slums in Dhaka, Bangladesh. They will conduct field assessment, while identifying one slum to conduct further sectorial surveys dependent on final report. The Slum Survey Program Manager will design a proposal for multi-sector programs in the selected slums, and will contribute to capitalization and technical development for the survey. Qualified candidates will have a post-graduate degree, with three years of experience in conducting survey and field assessment.

To apply: Please fill out this form.

Application Deadline: December 27, 2013


SolidarMed - Country Coordinator & Hospital Development Project Manager, Lesotho

The SolidarMed Lesotho Program, in the districts of Butha Buthe and Thaba Tseka consists of the following complementary projects: decentralized quality care for national health priorities (HIV, TB, maternal/child health) and hospital support. SolidarMed is in the process of developing the next program phase for 2015, with possible new projects. This position comprises both the overall coordination of the country program and management/direct implementation of the Hospital Development Project.

For more information and to apply: Please email

Application Deadline: December 29, 2013

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Jesuit Refugee Service - Jordan Director, Jordan

The Jordan Director is responsible for the direction of JRS works at country level within the Middle East and North Africa region. This position encompasses responsibilities such as the exploration of new needs of refugees in Jordan, the development and implementation of project proposals, administration of JRS country finances, the evaluation of and withdrawal from projects, staff recruitment and care, and the maintenance of relations with the local Church, the Society of Jesus, government, and international organisations. The successful candidate will report directly to the Middle East and North Africa Director.

For more information and to apply: Please visit their website.

Application Deadline: The deadline has been extended from December 15 to December 30 2013.


Oxfam - Humanitarian Support Personnel, (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning) Officer, Various Locations

The Humanitarian Support Personnel (HSP) – Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer works alongside technical advisory teams (public health engineering, health and hygiene promotion, food security & emergency livelihoods) in supporting Oxfam's field programmes on a range of humanitarian programme quality issues, and leading on liaison and cooperation with other departments and external allies. Oxfam seeks qualified candidates with experience of emergency and development work, and an understanding of relevant humanitarian and policy issues.

For more information: Please email

To apply: Please fill out their online application.

Application Deadline: December 31, 2013

Christian Aid

Christian Aid - Senior Africa Cash & Markets Humanitarian Advisor, Various Locations

ChristianAid is seeking qualified candidates for their Senior Africa Cash & Markets Humanitarian Advisor position. This Advisor will support the country programs to develop an effective portfolio of humanitarian programs on cash and markets. They will support broader thinking and strategy development across the Humanitarian Division and Christian Aid relating to the development of good program practice and the integration of cash and markets in emergency and resilience programs. Lastly, the Advisor will help Christian Aid engage in the right networks, increase the profile of Christian Aid emergency cash and market related work, and open up opportunities for new productive collaborations. This position can be held in several locations, including Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Harare, Bujumbura or Lilongwe.

For more information: Please email

Application Deadline: December 31, 2013

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CAFOD - Programme Development and Funding Officer (Southern Africa), Zimbabwe

The Programme Development and Funding Officer will support CAFOD’s program staff and partners in Southern Africa in developing high quality programs and projects, ensuring CAFOD and its partners obtain significant institutional donor funding for its development and humanitarian work, and maintain and strengthen CAFOD’s relationships with key donors. This position is based in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Application Deadline: January 1, 2014

To apply: Please visit this page and select Job Code IPDFOZWH.

United Nations Foundation - Director, Energy & Women's Health, Washington, D.C.

The Director for Energy and Women’s Health will focus on a key area of UNF’s energy access work – to work on planning and capacity building in support of the sustainable electrification of health clinics in a range of developing countries - as a key component of the organization’s broader engagement in the global Sustainable Energy for All Initiative. S/he will work with African country governments, regional organizations and relevant UN agencies to strengthen capacity around energy access for health clinics, including development of needs assessments and country action plans to set the stage for sustainable energy installations.

To apply: Please visit the UN Foundation website.

Application deadline: January 6, 2014


Care International UK (CIUK) - Program Management Coordinator, London

Care International UK (CIUK) is seeking a qualified candidate to fill their Program Management Coordinator (PMC) position in London. The PMC is responsible for the coordination of the CIUK's work in designated regions. The PMC will manage a portfolio of projects in regions supported by institutional donors. PMCs also coordinate CIUK’s Strategic Partnership Agreements with a number of priority countries. The PMC will also be expected to play a key role in CIUK’s strategic commitments to advocacy and communications related to specific projects and countries.

Location: Vauxhall, London, United Kingdom

To apply: Please fill out the form on their website and return to

Application Deadline: January 15, 2014


Pencils of Promise - Development Manager, New York

Pencils of Promise (POP) is seeking a Development Manager to join its team and support the fundraising efforts. The Development Manager reports to the Associate Director of Development and is responsible for activities that identify, secure, nurture and engage POP’s mid-level individual, corporate and institutional donors.

To apply: Please email or visit their job page.


Human Rights Watch - Children's Rights Researcher, Various Locations

Human Rights Watch is seeking a Researcher with its Children’s Rights Division. The Researcher will be responsible for developing and implementing a research and advocacy agenda focusing on children’s right to education. The position reports to the Executive Director of the Children’s Rights Division.

To apply: Please email the materials listed on their website to

Application Deadline: January 15, 2014

Internship Opportunities


Global Conscience Initiative -
Prisoner's Rights Project Intern, Cameroon

The Global Conscience Initiative (GCI) is seeking an enthusiastic self-starter with experience in law, criminal justice, or prisoners rights to lead their Prisoner’s Rights Project (PRP). The GCI’s overall mission is to address and improve Cameroon’s most pressing human rights issues: chiefly, corruption, abuse of prisoner’s rights, gender inequality, civil liberty deficiencies, and lack of access to efficient and effective justice. Interns should have strong written and oral communication skills, cross-cultural experience and sensitivity, and a willingness to learn a new language.

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume/CV to

Application Deadline: December 27, 2013


United Nations Department of Communication - Multimedia Intern Spring 2014, New York

The United Nations Department of Communication is looking for Spring 2014 Interns. Media Interns will be assigned to one of the News and Media Divisions content producing units (TV/Video, Photo, Webcast or News Centre) and will be supervised by the Chief of the assigned Unit. The multimedia intern provides editorial and technical assistance to content producers working in radio, video, photo and the web. The intern will assist in the production of news stories for various platforms, and may also collaborate with staff on social media. Qualified candidates are those that have completed an undergraduate degree and are currently enrolled in a graduate program.

For more information and to apply: Please visit the job posting.

Application Deadline: January 1, 2014


Center for Economic & Social Rights - Spring 2014 Graduate Research Internship

Law degree students/graduates are welcome to apply for the CESR's Research Internship positions. Interns will be responsible for carrying out research in global policy, analyzing global trends. Interns will also contribute to the Center’s research documenting deprivations of economic and social rights in specific countries contexts; deploying social science and statistical methods alongside traditional techniques of human rights reporting, such as legal analysis and narrative testimony. Interns are also involved in preparing reports and other advocacy materials based on the findings of such research, to present to relevant institutions at the national, regional and United Nations level.

Application Deadline: January 6, 2014

To apply: Please send your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest and specific qualifications to Please indicate "Graduate-Level Internship" in your application. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Early applications are strongly encouraged; only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews.


UNAIDS - Spring 2014 Internship, Various Locations

UNAIDS is looking for new Spring 2014 interns. Candidates must hold an undergraduate degree and be enrolled in graduate studies. Qualified applicants will have excellent communication skills, be able to work in teams, and be willing to become an enthusiastic member of the organization.

For more information and to apply: Please visit the job posting.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2014


International Justice Project - Communications/Social Media Internship, New Jersey

The International Justice Project is a non-profit organization focused on advancing human rights through law. They are currently looking for interns to assist with the growth and development of their social media, website, and other communications. Interns will work with senior and other staff to develop priorities for communications, social media, and website strategy.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2014


American Civil Liberties Union - Women's Rights Project Summer 2014 Legal Internship, New York

The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking legal interns for the Women’s Rights Project of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City. This is a full-time internship that offers interns the opportunity to work on all aspects of litigation. Interns will conduct legal and policy research, draft memoranda, affidavits, and briefs, and support the preparation of expert and fact witnesses for courtroom testimony, in addition to other tasks.

Application Deadline: February 8, 2014


Human Rights Watch - US Program Summer 2014 Internship, New York

Human Rights Watch is looking for graduate interns for Summer 2014. The intern will primarily focus on Human Rights Watch research on criminal justice, sexual violence, and immigration issues. These issues will include sentencing reform, the drug war, sexual assault in the military, and juveniles caught in the justice system. Interns may be involved in organizing and evaluating information obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests, researching international human rights standards, and reviewing fieldwork interviews.

To apply: Please email the materials listed on their website to

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Watchlist - Global Advocacy Internship, New York

Watchlist on Children & Armed Conflict is seeking qualified candidates to be Spring 2014 Interns with possibility of extension. The intern will conduct research on the practice of the Security Council and its Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict and assist in the drafting of Watchlist’s analytical reports, amidst other responsibilities.

To apply: Please send your brief cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Dragica Mikavica, Watchlist Program Manager, at

Application Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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Refugees International – Peacekeeping Spring 2014 Internship, Washington, D.C.

Refugees International looks for interns on a semester basis in a variety of departments, one of which is Peacekeeping. The Peacekeeping Intern provides support to the RI Peacekeeping program and helps conduct research and facilitates communication between RI and the PEP (Partnership for Effective Peacekeeping) community. Responsibilities may include updating and maintaining the PEP website; sending out announcements of events; compiling weekly PEP news clips; monitoring security conditions in focus countries; and posting monthly reports to the PEP website.

To apply: Please first complete this questionnaire and then forward your resume, cover letter, brief writing sample (2-5 pages), and list of 3 references to Your cover letter should clearly indicate the semester you are available and your internship of interest.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2014


Unite For Sight - Volunteer Abroad Opportunity, Various Locations

Unite For Sight offers several opportunities to participate in their Volunteer Abroad Program, an immersive global health experience for students and professionals who are interested in public health, international development, medicine, or social entrepreneurship. Volunteers participate in and learn from Unite for Sight’s talented local partner doctors who have provided care to more than 1.6 million patients living in poverty, including 70,000 sight-restoring surgeries. The local doctors are social entrepreneurs who are addressing complex public health issues, and volunteers gain a comprehensive understanding of the complexities and realities of global health.

For application instructions: Please visit this page.

Fellowships & Scholarships


René Cassin Fellowship Program (RCFP)

The René Cassin Fellowship Program (RCFP) is a one year educational program on Judaism and human rights for young professionals (ages 25-35). It has hubs in New York, London and Jerusalem, with 12 Fellows in each hub. Over the course of a year, Fellows will gather for monthly evening study sessions that explore human rights through the lens of Jewish values and the Jewish historical experience. The program also involves intensive interaction between the three centers of Jewish life, a 9-day study tour to Israel in June and hands-on internships in institutions working on human rights and social justice issues.

For more information: Please download their flyer.

To apply: Please visit their website, download the application, and return it to

Application Deadline: December 31, 2013

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Rotary International Global Grant Scholarship

The purpose of the Rotary 2014-2015 Global Grant Scholarship is to foster international understanding through graduate study in a foreign university with a concentration in one or more of Rotary International's 6 Areas of Focus: Peace & Conflict Prevention/Resolution, Disease Prevention & Treatment, Water & Sanitation, Maternal & Child Health, Basic Education & Literacy, and
Economic & Community Development. The value of the scholarship is $30,000. Applications are currently being accepted for studies beginning Fall 2014. Rotary clubs may submit up to two applicants for District consideration. Applicants must be either a permanent resident or a student resident within the District 7980 area: Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London counties.

Application Deadline: December 31, 2013. Interviews will be held on February 1, 2014.

For more information & to apply: Please visit their website. Completed applications should be sent Scholarship Chair Dave Wolfe at

The J. William Fulbright-Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellowship

Fulbright-Clinton Fellows serve in professional placements as special assistants in foreign government ministries or institutions and gain hands-on public sector experience in participating foreign countries while simultaneously carrying out an academic research/study project.

Application Deadline: January 10, 2014

For the application and eligibility requirements: Please visit this page.

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2014 Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program

The Helton Fellowship Program seeks applicants in the early stages of their academic and professional careers who demonstrate the potential to make significant contributions to the use and study of international law around the world. Law students, practicing lawyers, human rights professionals, scholars, and other individuals seeking assistance in conducting international fieldwork and law-related research are encouraged to apply. Applicants can be of any nationality but must be current law students or have graduated from law school (at either the undergraduate or graduate levels) no earlier than December 2011.

Application Deadline: January 13, 2014

For more information: Please visit their website.


2014 Crowley Fellowship in International Human Rights

The Crowley Program in International Human Rights is dedicated to promoting human rights scholarship and advocacy at Fordham Law School and around the world. The Program’s core elements include an annual two-week fact-finding project in another country, a human rights lecture and brown bag series, a summer internship program, and student research projects involving various human rights issues. The students involved in the project participate in course work, independent research, planning and conducting the project, and related follow-up work. Applications may be submitted online to or by mail to Crowley Program in International Human Rights , Fordham University School of Law, 33 West 60th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10023.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2014

For more information: Please visit this page.

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Palestine Works Law 2014 Fellowship

Palestine Works' vision is a Palestinian society that can enjoy the improved prospects and economic, social and political benefits of a strong economy, one powered by the development and deployment of Palestinian human capital. Their 2014 class of 20 Law Fellows will support Palestine Works' partner organizations and the Palestinian communities that they serve with over 9,000 hours of free legal work.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2014

To apply: Please register with the Public Service Jobs Directory.


2014 Leitner Center Summer Fellows Program

The 2014 Leitner Center Summer Fellows program enables selected students to undertake unpaid internships at international organizations, NGOs, and courts that focus on international human rights. Fellows receive stipends of $5,000 to work full-time for a minimum of ten weeks over the summer.

Application Deadline: There are two deadlines for Leitner Summer Fellows internship funding in 2014. The early decision deadline is January 3, 2014 and the general decision deadline is March 24, 2014.

For more information and application instructions: Please visit this page.

Call for Papers & Applications


Academic Council on the United Nations System - 2014 Dissertation Fellowship Award Call for Applications

The ACUNS Dissertation Fellowship Award recognizes emerging students of extraordinary potential who have reached the stage of writing an advanced graduate-level dissertation on a topic of direct and demonstrable relevance to the United Nations and/or the UN system.

To apply & submit: Please fill out this form.

Submission Deadline: January 17, 2014

4th International Conference on Building Resilience
Call for Papers

The Centre for Disaster Resilience is pleased to announce the 4th International Conference on Building Resilience, incorporating the 3rd Annual Meeting of the ANDROID Disaster Resilience Network. The event will be held at MediaCityUK, Salford Quays, in the North West of England from 9th – 11th September 2014.

Industry practitioners, researchers and academics are welcome to contribute. The themes of the conference are designed to promote inter-disciplinary working and include, but are not limited to:
1. Resilience
2. Built environment
3. Communication
4. Disaster risk
5. Health and wellbeing
6. Social resilience
7. Governance
8. Education

To apply and submit: Please visit the Build Resilience Website.

Submission Deadline for Abstracts: January 31, 2014

Submission Deadline for Full Papers: April 4, 2014


Humanitarian Innovation Conference
Call for Papers/Panels

The Humanitarian Innovation Conference, held at Keble College next July, aims to provide a platform for discussion and debate between UN agencies, NGOs, academia, and both the public and private centers to further define the agenda for humanitarian innovation.

The Conference welcomes individual paper proposals, full panel proposals, and suggestions for alternative format (e.g. film, debate, demonstration) sessions from academics, policy-makers, and practitioners from across sectors.

For more information and submission instructions: Please click here.

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2014

Humanitarian Technology 2014 Conference
Call for Papers

"Humanitarian Technology: Science, Systems and Global Impact" is an exciting, relevant and technically focused international conference that will explore emerging technologies that further enable global humanitarian assistance. It will take place from May 13 – 15, 2014 in Boston, MA.

Humanitarian Technology 2014 Conference Tracks:

▪ Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief
▪ Health and Disease Management
▪ Public Safety and Emergency Management
▪ Emerging Technologies
▪ International Development, Poverty Alleviation and Food Security
Water, Energy, Agriculture, Policy, Security, Education

Scientists, engineers, field workers and practitioners are invited to register and submit papers. Proceedings to be published in a dedicated journal issue by Elsevier.

For more information: Please visit their website.

Submission Deadline for Papers: January 31, 2014


American University Academy on Human Rights & Humanitarian Law - Human Rights Essay Award

Hosted by American University, this annual competition seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. Awardees receive a full scholarship to attend the Program of Advanced Studies of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Articles may be published in the American University International Law Review.

Please visit their website for information regarding eligibility and submission.

Submission Deadline: February 1, 2014

IIHA Humanitarian Programs

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International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA 40)
New York, June 2013

International Humanitarian Affairs Minor: The IIHA has established the International Humanitarian Affairs Minor, available to undergraduate students at Fordham College Lincoln Center and Rose Hill. This interdisciplinary minor offers students a comprehensive understanding of issues central to contemporary humanitarian affairs. The Minor offers an in-depth analysis of the humanitarian field, enabling students to acquire theoretical knowledge and practical experience.

For more information about the International Humanitarian Affairs Minor, please visit our website.

International Humanitarian Studies Major: In considering international responses to suffering, undergraduates in this major will draw upon a wide array of intellectual tools and academic frameworks. Ethical, moral, cultural and spiritual considerations confront logistic, economic, scientific and geo- political modes of thought in circumstances of vast complexity: violent conflict (including gender-based violence), famine and natural disaster. The major will also contribute to central aims of Fordham’s mission: research and education that assist in the alleviation of poverty, the promotion of justice and the protection of human rights as part of a cosmopolitan education that prepares students for leadership in a global society.

Masters in International Humanitarian Action (MIHA): The IIHA and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) have joined together to offer a comprehensive Master’s program that combines the experience of long-time humanitarian professionals with the academic strength of Fordham faculty. The program combines the experience of seasoned humanitarian professionals with the academic strength of Fordham faculty from the School of Law and the Graduate Schools of Business and Social Service, who provide students with the political, historical, legal and ethical contexts of past, present and future emergencies.

For more information about the Masters in International Humanitarian Action, please visit our website.

Upcoming IIHA Training Courses

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Leadership & Management in Humanitarian Action
New York, July 2013

The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham University, working with external humanitarian partners, offers programs throughout the world at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Through these programs, IIHA trains students for careers in the humanitarian field by combining an academic approach with the shared practical experience of faculty, external speakers and students.

You may sign up to receive this Newsletter here.

Please note that due to the Academic Calendar, this edition of the Newsletter will cover the week of January 6th and resume its normal schedule on January 13, 2014.

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