The Humanitarian Newsletter
August 8, 2013 – August 19, 2013
Ethnic and tribal clashes escalate in South Sudan's largest and most populous state, Jonglei, as humanitarian groups and the Obama administration call for greater global awareness of the increased violence and displacement throughout the region.
Officials report that over 100,000 people have been displaced. Fearful of attacks by rival tribes and soldiers, hundreds have fled the nation while tens of thousands have retreated to hiding in malaria-infested swamps without food, water or medicine. The destabilization of Jonglei has become an alarming humanitarian emergency, threatening the lives of ordinary civilians, making it difficult and unsafe to deliver aid. Rampant official corruption and abuse of power have exacerbated the already challenging situation.
Humanitarian and advocacy groups have asked the government to put an end to the conflict and crackdown on soldiers in the Sudan People's Liberation Army who are found guilty of committing human rights abuses in the region. While government inaction persists, international organizations will continue their attempts to deliver relief supplies to remote regions and to track displaced populations.
For more information on the increasing violence in South Sudan, please refer to:
The New York Times
Thursday, August 6 - Sunday, September 1
The 12x12 Project at First Park
Fourth Arts Block, in partnership with the World Policy Institute, NYC Parks, and First Street Green, presents WPI's installation of The 12x12 Project at First Park in Manhattan's East Village. This exhibition, based on the book Twelve by Twelve: A One Room Cabin, Off the Grid & Beyond the American Dream, is meant to create a dialogue on smarter consumption and the impact it can have on the world. An opening event to kick off the installation will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2013 from 5-7 PM. The installation will be open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays from 12 PM to 7 PM.
Location: First Park in Manhattan's East Village, 33 East 1st Street
Monday, August 12, 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Defending Immigration Removal Proceedings
The Practising Law Institute presents a day-long program including a panel of nationally-recognized experts to discuss the most effective ways of defending immigrants facing removal proceedings. Participants will learn about the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and its use in removal proceedings, ways to defend children and common pitfalls for asylum applicants. Participants can obtain CLE credits upon competition of this program. Registration is required.
Location: Practising Law Institute, 21st Floor at 810 7th Avenue
Sunday, August 11, 3:15 PM
Screening of Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution
The Rhode Island International Film Festival will hold a screening of Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution, a 15-minute documentary short that follows Mowya, a rebel commander, and Nour, a female journalist, across war-torn Syria. The film depicts the struggle of the Syrian people as they fight for their freedom and captures the destruction of a nation torn apart by violence. Director Matthew VanDyke articulates the crisis with powerful images that resonate in our minds and force the audience to reflect on the value of a human life and what we as individuals can do to restore balance across Syria.
Location: 268 Broadway Providence, RI 02903
Sunday, August 25 - Tuesday, August, 27
The Long Hot Summer after the Arab Spring: Accountability and the Rule of Law
The Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute is co-sponsoring the 7th Annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs held annually at the Chautauqua Institute. This will be a gathering of academics, human rights activists, and international law practitioners who have been involved in international tribunals and trials at the International Criminal Court. Discussions will be centered around key challenges to humanitarian assistance and accountability during the Arab Spring. Participants will discuss areas of concern and ways to provide aid efficiently in difficult scenarios. For information on attending IHLD contact the Robert H. Jackson Center.
Location: One Ames Ave, Chautauqua, NY 14722
Friday, August 9
International Day of the World’s Indigenous People 2013 Event at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia
In celebration of the United Nations (UN) International Day of the Worlds Indigenous People, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Australia will present a series of spoken word performances followed by a panel discussion highlighting the importance of this day. Panelists include Dr. Irene Watson, a member of the Tanganekald and Meintangk peoples and an accomplished lawyer and academic who worked until 1994 on the UN Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Joining her in discussion is Jenny Munro, a long-time radical sovereignty activist who successful led a campaign between 1995-2000 to stop the destruction of the Day of Mourning and Protest building site in Sydney and enable its subsequent purchase and restoration. This is a free event open to the public.
Location: 140 George Street, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
Monday, August 19 - Thursday, August 22
Personal Security for Humanitarian Staff Course
The European Interagency Security Forum (EISF) is an independent network of Security Focal Points who represent European-based humanitarian NGOs operating internationally. EISF is offering a four-day course, organized by Clarity Security Training, aimed at equipping Humanitarian Staff with skills to both prevent and respond to prevalent security threats. Instructors are experienced in security operations and humanitarian programs and simulate unstable environments common in emergency situations. Application deadline: August 12, 2013.
Location: Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom.
International Rescue Committee - Youth and Livelihoods Intern
The International Rescue Committee seeks a part-time intern to edit materials, design layout for technical products and coordinate with Youth and Livelihoods team to review all past and existing entrepreneurship packages. Intern will learn about mentoring approaches for youth, product development skills, and financial services and skill training in conflict- and crisis-affected contexts. This is an unpaid internship and all applicants must have a bachelor's degree in economic development, international development or other related fields.
American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative - Development Coordinator (TEMP)
ABA ROLI is a non-profit program, composed of nearly 700 professional staff abroad and in Washington, D.C., that implements legal reform programs in roughly sixty countries around the world. ARA ROLI is looking for a temporary Development Coordinator to work alongside senior staff in obtaining outside funding to support international rule of law development programs. Post-holder will be responsible for monitoring grant funding opportunities, preparing briefings for actual and potential donors, and working closely with the Director of Outreach and Communications to coordinate activities and fundraising efforts. The position requires a commitment of 37.5 hours/week through October 31, with the possibility of an extension beyond that date and/or conversion to regular employee status.
CARE International - Humanitarian Funding Manager
CARE International, a global leader in humanitarian and development charities, is seeking a funding manager to lead the newly established humanitarian funding team. Postholder will work closely with marketing director to target key potential funding targets and be responsible for generating high quality contracts and grant bids. Previous experience in the NGO sector is highly preferable. The closing date for applications is Thursday, August 15, 2013.
Freedom House - Administrative Assistant, Kenya
Freedom House promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, effective advocacy, and programs that support front-line activists. The Administrative Assistant will provide logistical support for East and Horn of Africa programs, assist with financial management for the office, and coordinate travel arrangements for staff and partner organizations. Post-holder will be responsible for monitoring the efficiency of programs, providing research assistance, and reporting to the Project Director.
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.