The Humanitarian Newsletter March 10 - March 24, 2014 In Between Cyclones By Maude Fröberg in Barguna, Bangladesh* The battered wooden planks swing


The Humanitarian Newsletter

March 10 - March 24, 2014

In Between Cyclones
By Maude Fröberg in Barguna, Bangladesh*

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Huge cyclone shelters of grey concrete are part of the successful early warning systems in Bangladesh, which every year saves thousands of lives. Photo: Yoshi Shimizu

The battered wooden planks swing under my feet, as I hurry down the narrow bridge to the jetty. Ship’s bells are tolling and the evening prayer is clamoring from a raspy loudspeaker. Dusk has just fallen, and ferry after ferry is docking in the harbor of Dhaka. It’s messy and the air smells of diesel. I hold on to the fluorescent life-vest of Bangladesh Red Crescent and cut into the flow of people, bundles and motorbikes.

“Everything all right?” shouts my colleague Himadri who has just reached the wavering landing apron. I give her a thumbs up, and watch the dark ponytail bounce against her back, as she takes on the steep stairs of the ferry, where we install ourselves in the cabins.

The ferry shudders, the lights go out and the engine is rushing. A night’s travel lay ahead of us. We’re on our way to the southern part of the country, an area called Barguna, which was heavily affected by cyclone Mahasen that last spring. One and a half million people lost their homes and livelihoods.

Only months ahead of this year’s cyclone season, recovery after cyclone Mahasen is still ongoing. Just outside the town of Barguna, pieces of mud are passed on by the hands of men and women in a long chain to reinforce and broaden the main road. In the air, hammer strokes are echoing as housing is being reconstructed to withstand strong winds. These are all examples of cash for work systems, which aim to build more resilient communities. With acres of crops damaged by the cyclone, affected people have been struggling to make a living. Through this invention, the community has come together to address vulnerability.

At the same time, these villagers are supported by one of the world’s most successful community level disaster preparedness programmes, initiated by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in the 1970s. Through an early warning system paired with early action, which features megaphones, sirens, assistance with evacuation and rescue and emergency first aid, nearly 1.1 milllion people were evacuated to cyclone shelters prior to cyclone Mahasen.

The system is based on volunteers from the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, who are trained to assist their fellow citizens in case of a cyclone.

The statistics speak an impressive language. In 1970, half a million vanished in a super-cyclone. In the 1991 cyclone, around 139,000 people died. In 2007, 56,295 people died and went missing. Lastly, in cyclone Mahasen 17 people succumbed.

Yet, in between cyclones vulnerability persists. Next step is to be as good in strengthening resilience as in saving lives.

*Maude Fröberg is a Communications and Advocacy Manager for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and an Alumna of the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA 19).


Humanitarianism & Academia

Sri Lanka: Unrestricted Warfare and Limited
Protective Humanitarian Action

In her paper, "Sri Lanka: Unrestricted Warfare and Limited Protective Humanitarian Action," author Norah Niland addresses the protection dimension of humanitarian action in the Sri Lankan Civil War. Niland argues that the failure of the intergovernmental crisis management and the human rights machinery was exacerbated by the relief system's lack of agency safeguarding humanitarian space and the protected status of civilians. The paper is followed by critical comments by Sir John Holmes, Former UN Under-Secretary General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and Miriam Bradley, Postdoctoral Researcher, Program for the Study of International Governance, the Graduate Institute, Geneva.

Top 10 Lessons for Success in Global Health Careers

A few of the world's leading experts in the global health field gathered last Wednesday to answer some of the most relevant questions for those seeking careers in the global health sector. IIHA intern Evelyn Lopez listened in on the webinar, “Global Health University Webinar: Careers in Global Health, Advice From The Experts," and compiled a list of the Top 10 Lessons for Success in Global Health Careers.

Chasing Misery: an anthology of essays by
women in humanitarian responses

"Saturday – International Women’s Day (March 8) – marked the official launch of Chasing Misery, an anthology of 21 essays and 26 photographs contributed by women who have worked in humanitarian responses during the last decade. All of the essays are first person accounts of specific experiences women had which challenged or inspired them. It has been my honor to contribute – both as an editor and author/photographer – to this work, which provides a deeper insight into the complex world of humanitarian responses through the eyes of those on the front lines."
-Carmen Crow Sheehan, IIHA Alumna, Mental Health in Complex Emergencies Course (MHCE 6 / NYC 2009)

For additional information, please visit:
Chasing Misery website:
Twitter: @chasing_misery
Interview (Washington Institute with Kelsey Hoppe, head of the editorial team)


New York Events

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Monday, March 10 – Friday, March 21
UN Women: The fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women

Attended by Representatives of several Member States, UN entities and ECOSOC-accredited NGOs, the fifty-eight session of the Commission on the Status of Women will address themes that include the challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls; as well as access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology. As an emerging topic, women’s access to land and other productive resources will also be discussed.

To register: Registration for specific events may vary. For more information and to register, please access the Calendar of Side Events and proceed to Register for the specific event you would like to attend.

Location: United Nations Headquarters, 220 East 42nd Street New York, NY 10017, New York


Monday, March 10, 4:30 PM
Combating Violence Against Adolescent Girls in Humanitarian Disasters Through Livelihood Programs

The global humanitarian community is in desperate need of effective approaches to mitigate the risk of gender-based violence (GBV) for adolescent girls in emergency settings. This panel discussion will launch an inter-agency report arguing that building girls’ livelihood capacity could be a key strategy in reducing girls’ risk of GBV, and thus should be a core component of the post-2015 framework. Panelists will discuss gaps in current practice, as well as opportunities for age-appropriate livelihoods programming that can help girls become healthy, safe and self-reliant women.

To register: Please register online here.

Location: Ballroom 2, Armenian Convention Center, 630 2nd Ave, New York, 10016


Wednesday, March 12, 10:00 AM
African Women’s Rights and Resilience

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Barnard College will host a daylong symposium with Barnard Distinguished Fellow in Social Justice, Leymah Gbowee. Leading academics and activists will be discussing women’s rights movements in Africa as well as exploring the successes achieved, and challenges still facing, women and men involved in African women’s social justice movements. In a series of three panel discussions, distinguished scholars and activists will address key issues for continental women’s movements, including the role of men in women’s social justice movements, the importance of intergenerational activism, and the stakes of transnational feminist engagements within and beyond the continent. This event if free and open to the public

To register: Please register online here.

Location: Event Oval, located at The Diana Center, Barnard College on West 117th Street and Broadway, 10027


Wednesday, March 12, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Put Your Ideals Into Practice: Doctors Without Borders Info Session

For this event, medical and non-medical professionals are invited to join Doctors with Borders personnel for an evening presentation to learn more about how you can join Doctors Without Borders' pool of dedicated aid workers. Participants will meet experienced Doctors Without Borders aid workers from the New York Area and hear their firsthand stories of "life in the field." An aid worker and Human Resources Officer will discuss requirements and the application process. The presentation will last 1 1/2 hours, including Q&A.

To register: The maximum number of attendees is 70, therefore please register here.

Location: 333 Seventh Ave 
3rd Floor Conference Room, 
New York, NY 10001

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Wednesday, March 12, 4:00 PM
A Crisis in Ukraine: What's at Stake

Every day, dramatic and dangerous events are unfolding affecting Ukraine, Russia, Europe, and even the U.S. The International Studies Program at Fordham University will host an educational event discussing the current situation, during which Professor Olena Nikolayenko will help attendees understand the roots of the crisis, where it's likely to lead, and what's at stake.

For more information: please see the event flyer

Location: South Lounge, Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus, 113 West 60th Street, 12th Floor Lounge, New York, NY 10023

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Saturday, March 15, 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
The Fordham GSS Institute for Women and Girls: Promoting Education for Girls Around the World

The Institute for Women and Girls is pleased to extend an invitation to the conference “Promoting Education for Girls Around the World” which will feature a keynote address from Ms. Maria Pia Belloni, Scholar at New York University in the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies. The conference will also include a Panel Discussion featuring Meeta Gandhi, from Children’s Lovecastles Trust; Stacey Radin, from Unleashed Inc. and Regina Sarabia, from the Center for Global Education. This event is free and open to the public.

To register: Please register on this website.

Location: Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus. 113 West 60th Street, 12th Floor Lounge, New York, NY 10023


Monday, March 17, 2014, 5:00 – 6:30 PM
Poverty, Inequality and Social Policy in China: Polarization or Harmony?
A talk by Dr. Qin Gao

In this talk, Dr. Qin Gao, Associate Professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, will examine questions regarding poverty reduction and inequality in China, building on her extensive research on these topics using both empirical data and critical analysis. Economists, political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists, social policy scholars, and anyone who is interested in China studies or cross-national comparisons are invited to join this stimulating, interdisciplinary discussion.

To register: This event is free, however seating is limited therefore please register by email to

Location: Theresa Lang Community and Student Center (Room I202), Arnold Hall, 55 W. 13th St., 2nd Fl., New York, NY

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Tuesday, March 25, 7:00 PM
Transnational Justice

The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA), together with Columbia University Seminar on Latin America and the Latin American and Latino Studies Institute (LALSI) are pleased to cosponsor and invite you to “Transnational Justice,” a presentation by Almudena Bernabeu, International Attorney & Transitional Justice Program Director at the Center for Justice and Accountability. Ms. Bernabeu is also a pioneer in the field of transnational justice and in 2012, she won the prestigious Katharine & George Alexander Law Prize.

Location: E. Gerald Corrigan Center, 12th floor, Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus

Please note in an earlier version of this newsletter, this event was mistakenly described as a film screening.


Thursday, March 27, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Panel

This event is a panel on Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Panelists include: Stephen Yale-Loehr (Cornell Law School), Nancy Morawetz (Professor of Clinical Law- New York University School of Law), Prof. Gemma Solimene (Clinical Associate Professor of Law -Immigrant Rights Fordham Law School), Dan Smulian ( Safe Harbor Project- Brooklyn Law School), Julie E. Dinnerstein (Co-Director for Sanctuary for Families’ Immigration Intervention Project at the Bronx Family Justice Center. (CUNY), and Peter Markowitz (Immigrants Justice Clinic, Cardozo Law School). The event will be open to Cardozo students, non-profit organizations in New York City, and students from other universities.

For more information: Please click here.

Location: Cardozo School of Law, Room 1008, 55 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003


Wednesday, April 2, 5:00 PM
Book Launch: Cruel Modernity by Jean Franco

The IIHA, The Latin American and Latino Studies Institute (LALSI) and the School of Law at Fordham University are pleased to invite you to the launch of the book “Cruel Modernity”, by Professor Jean Franco. In her latest piece, Prof. Franco, the acclaimed Latin American literary and cultural critic, examines the way cruelty in its various forms—genocide, torture, disappearance, and rape—has become institutionalized and normalized throughout the Americas for the purposes of creating what its perpetrators perceive as modern societies.

The event will feature a presentation and discussion by Professors Chris GoGwilt, of English and Comparative Literature; Cynthia Vich, of Modern Languages, Latin American and Latino Studies, and Women’s Studies, and Professor Arnaldo Manuel Cruz-Malavé, Associate Director of Latin American and Latino Studies.

Location: Cafeteria Atrium on Lincoln Center, at Fordham University, located on 155 W 60th St, New York, NY.

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Saturday, April 5, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Perspectives on National Reconciliation in South Sudan: Lessons Learned from South Africa, Rwanda, & Sudan

The symposium will discuss some of the challenges of political reconciliation and justice in South Sudan. The speakers will offer a fresh vision and explore policy options for peace, democracy, and development in South Sudan. Outstanding academics, policy makers, and human rights activists from South Sudan will debate possible ways of addressing these pivotal issues. The symposium will conclude by offering possible alternative perspectives for an inclusive national and political reconciliation.

To RSVP: Please contact the Department of African & African American Studies at (212) 636-6360, (718) 817-3745, or email at

Location: McMahon Hall, Room 109, Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus, 155 W 60th St, New York, NY

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Saturday, April 12, 9:30 AM
The Concern Spring Run

Join Concern Worldwide for their 16th Annual Spring Run in Central Park! Not only will you pulse through the park on their 4-mile course, but you'll also be supporting thousands of families and communities living in extreme poverty around the world. For over 15 years, hundreds of runners and walkers kick off Spring with this Run/Walk in Central Park to raise as much as they can for as many as they can in some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities in our world. Join Concern for an unforgettable morning of pure fun- and all for a good cause!

For those interested in joining Team IIHA, please contact

To register: Please click here.

Location: Central Park, New York, NY


Thursday, April 24 – Friday, April 25
Climate Change Demands We Change.
Why Aren't We?

While a great deal of research has been devoted to issues of engineering, architecture, land use, etc., as ways of mitigating the effects of climate change, very little attention has been paid to the ways psychological factors, money and politics, and infrastructures impede change. This conference examines these issues as well as the difficult choices that must be made to foster urban resilience. The conference aims to make clear how these factors can be overcome and identify areas in which more research is needed. Speakers include experts in the social sciences, philosophy, architecture, environmental engineering, city planning, politics, and business.

To register: Please click here.

Location: Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011 and John L. Tishman Auditorium, 62 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10037


Thursday, August 28 – Friday, August 29
UN DPI/ NGO Conference

There will be a conference this coming summer and the dates and location are now in place. In addition, plans are underway to have an opening event on the evening of Wednesday, 27 August and possible side events on Saturday, 30 August. So save the above dates and start your planning to be in NY then. Additional details will be forthcoming.

To register: Please register online.

Location: United Nations Headquarters, between 42nd & 48th Street, 10017, New York

National Events


Friday, March 14, 8:15 AM – 6:45 PM
Innovators Forum: A Health & Social Entrepreneurship Conference

The Innovators Forum draws health, education, development, and social entrepreneurship professionals and students for a focused, highly interactive, and collaborative conference on best and emerging practices for effective programs. This event features several panel discussions and networking receptions.

To register: Please register online here.

Location: Shubert Theater, 247 College Street, New Haven, CT

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Wednesday, March 19 – Saturday, March 22
Borders and Boundaries in an Age of Global Urbanization

Urban areas have grown at an unprecedented rate in the last decade. More of the world's population now lives in cities than in any other context. International trade, capital investment and divestment, migration, and porous economic, social and political boundaries fuel this global urbanization. Enormous governance challenges result for megacities and fast-growing urban centers due to in-migration and other trends, particularly in the global south. The conference site, San Antonio, is a global city with a population of approximately 1.3 million, in a significant border region with boundaries that defy simple conceptualizations. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, and one of its most ethnically diverse, with almost 70 percent of its native and immigrant residents being of Hispanic descent. It provides a particularly apt setting to explore borders and boundaries and how they shape urban affairs in the 21st Century.

Late registration deadline: February 1, 2014 (5:00pm CST) —Applies to all persons on conference program. Click here for more information.

Location: The Westin Riverwalk Hotel, 420 West Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205


Saturday, April 12 – Sunday, April 13
Global Health & Innovation Conference, 11th Annual Conference

The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world's leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,200 professionals and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries. This must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, change makers, and participants from all sectors of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.

To register: Please register online.

Location: Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520

Monday, May 5 – Wednesday, May 7
Design for Urban Disaster

Urban disasters are on the increase, with rapid urbanization causing more people to live in places vulnerable to hazards such as flood, earthquake and tsunami. This conference invites humanitarian aid practitioners, those in government and designers from spatial/physical disciplines to explore ways to improve actions before and after disaster. The conference addresses three key themes: response, resilience, and transformation.

For more information: Please visit

Registration deadline: March 31, 2014.

Location: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138


Tuesday, May 13 – Thursday, May 15
Humanitarian Technology: Science, Systems and Global Impact 2014

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.

To register: Please click here.

Location: The Marriott Courtyard, 777 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139


Sunday, May 18 – Friday, May 23
Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition

The American University Washington College of Law is hosting it's 19th Annual Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition. The competition was established to train attorneys on how to use the Inter-American human rights legal system as a legitimate forum for redressing human rights violations. It requires students to argue the merits of a hypothetical case written on a cutting-edge topic currently being debated within the Inter-American human rights legal system. All student team members must be enrolled in a Juris Doctor (JD) degree program or its international equivalent to participate as a team. The oral round sessions occur in May, in Washington, DC. Register as a team or to participate as an observer by March 2014.

For more information: Please visit or email Becca Russell-Einhorn at

Location: American University Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016


Saturday, June 7 – Saturday, June 21
BIARI – Brown International Advanced Research Institutes

In June 2014, Brown University's International Advance Research Institutes (BIARI) are offering a course entitled Human Security and Humanitarian Response. Topics for the course include the effectiveness of existing welfare systems in different regions; best practices in humanitarian assistance; and the politics of compassion in disaster and conflict zone. Discussions will focus in particular on the ethical issues that arise at the intersection of human security and humanitarian assistance; rights-based approaches to humanitarian relief; and the potential of new technologies to transform humanitarian response.

For more information: Please view the BRIARI brochure or contact

To apply: Please visit

Location: Brown University, Providence, RI 02912


Wednesday, July 9 – Thursday July 10
The Aid & International Development Forum’s 6th Annual Disaster Relief Summit

The Aid & International Development Forum’s 6th annual Disaster Relief Summit is the world-leading gathering for international humanitarian experts at relief agencies, NGOs and charity associations, UN and government agencies, development banks and donors and innovative technology and service providers. AIDF summits are designed to create a mutual platform to facilitate and encourage exchange of thoughts, share expertise and present the lessons learned through first-hand experiences. The summit strives to enable quicker and better response during crisis and catastrophes in a more effective, sustainable and cost-efficient way.

To register: Please register online here.

Location: Washington DC, USA. Conference venue details will be determined soon.

International Events

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Wednesday, March 12 – Thursday, March 13
Dhaka Conference on Democracy, Citizenship and Urban Violence

Presented by Lund University and SASNET (Swedish South Asian Studies Network), the 2nd Annual Conference of Urban Research and Development Society will be focusing on the theme of "Democracy, Citizenship and Urban Violence.” Based on Bangladeshi experiences where inequality and social polarization has led to new forms of urban violence, and with disjunctions between democracy and modernity – producing fragmented urban spaces, the conference aims to address urban violence under neoliberal democracy and insurgent form of citizenship.

For more information: Please click here.

Location: University of Dhaka, Nilkhet Rd, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh


Saturday, March 15 – Monday, March 17

Global Education and Skills Forum

The Global Education & Skills Forum 2014 aims to facilitate the first steps in this essential process. The forum invites heads of government to meet with business leaders with a view to strengthening ties and further engaging the private sector in the field of education. Through such engagement, it is hoped, partnerships can begin working more effectively towards a better-educated and more equitable society on a worldwide scale.

To register: For more information or to register for the forum, please click here.

Location: JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai, UAE


Monday, March 24 – Tuesday, March 25
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


Wednesday, April 23 – Thursday, April 24, 2014
The Cities Network Campaign 2nd Annual South Asian Cities Summit on “Urban Climate Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction”

Nowadays, urbanization is occurring on an unprecedented scale. According to statistics, by the year 2050 it is estimated that 70% of the world’s population will be living in cities. The main concern is that this will raise major social issues like housing, poverty, pollution, inadequate water supplies, sewage, waste disposal, and transportation systems and many others. Cities having high population density, stressed ecological systems, and substantial dependence on natural resources would become very vulnerable to climate change. The objective of the Summit is to convene a high‐profile gathering of Honorable Ministers/Mayors/Commissioner/CEO, Government officials, senior local governments officials from South Asian cities (India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan), international subject experts, policy makers, national/international organizations, technology providers, financial institutions and funding organizations working in the area of climate change in the South Asian countries to discuss, debate and develop model solutions for cities in South Asia and explore potential business opportunities.

To register: Please email Ms. Anuradha Das.

Location: New Delhi, India

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Thursday, May 8 – Friday, May 9
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

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Wednesday, May 14 – Thursday, May 15
The Second European Association Summit

The 2013 EAS brought together professionals from more than 80 associations to discuss latest trends and exchange ideas. Working sessions involved top panelists from industry and institutions; speakers came from the European Commission and Associations. It was a mix that certainly pleased attendees: high satisfaction scores were reported across the board. The second edition next year will build on this success. Tying in again with the European Business Summit, 2014 EAS will add new and innovative topics to the program, helping participants add value to their association.

For more information: Please visit or email

Location: Brussels, Belgium


Wednesday, June 4 – Friday June 6
Humanitarian HR Europe Conference 2014 - Addressing Your Organization's Needs: Global Mobility, Consortia Working & Demonstrating Impact

The 18th annual Humanitarian Human Resources (HR) Europe Conference will explore what the future holds for humanitarian HR. The conference will focus on three themes: how to measure and demonstrate the impact of HR; global mobility, which will explore national vs international reward and more; as well as the opportunities and challenges of working in consortia.

For more information: Please visit

Location: Budapest, Hungary


Saturday, March 14 – Wednesday, March 18
3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

The main item on the Conference agenda is agreement on a successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action which was adopted at the last such Conference in 2005 within weeks of the Indian Ocean tsunami and which was attended by representatives from 168 UN Member States. Over 8,000 people are expected to attend the 2015 event including heads of State, government ministers, parliamentarians, academics, NGO and other civil society representatives.

To register: The registration and accreditation process starts in March 2014.

Location: Sendai, Japan

Online Events


United Nations Institute for Training and Research-Multilateral Diplomacy Program

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is pleased to announce a new series of training courses on Multilateral Diplomacy.

Monday, April 28 – Sunday, May 25
Overcoming Negotiation Deadlocks

This course will equip participants with practical skills to enhance individual negotiation capacity and lead through situations of deadlocks. By the end of the course, participants should be able to distinguish between different approaches to negotiations; employ a comprehensive toolbox for various negotiations situations and stages, including preparation, conduct and closure of negotiation. This course has a fee of US$600.

Monday, March 31 – Sunday, April 27
United Nations Protocol

This course aims to provide an overview of United Nations and multilateral protocol practices to guide the protocol practitioners who operate within the Offices of the United Nations at its Headquarters as well as in its numerous field offices throughout the world. With the help of interactive online exercises, participants will finish the course with a concrete understanding of specific protocol-related situations. This course has a fee of US$600.

To register: Please proceed to the application website and follow the instructions

Job Opportunities


United Nations Foundation - Program Associate, Post-2015 Development Agenda Initiative, New York

The Program Associate for the Post-2015 Initiative will work closely with the team to provide programmatic, operational, and research support to the Post-2015 MDGs Initiative. S/he reports to the Deputy Director of the Post-2015 Initiative, supports the Director of Policy and is a member of the New York Office. S/he works closely with the post-2015 team, the New York Office, and others throughout the Foundation.

To apply: Please apply online here.

Application deadline: March 10, 2014


World Food Program – Program Officer (Cash & Voucher), Afghanistan

The Program Officer (Cash and Vouchers) reports to the Deputy Head of Program under the general guidance of Head of Program. This individual will be responsible for providing overall technical and programmatic support for the planning, implementation, management, and monitoring of Cash and Voucher (C&V) based programs in Afghanistan.

To apply: Please visit the application webpage and follow the instructions.

Application deadline: March 10, 2014


Save the Children - UK Finance Business Partner, London

The purpose of the Business Partner – Programmes regional (West & Central Africa) is to support and drive the business area in maximizing impact for children through delivery of effective and efficient financial performance and to drive strong financial control and advocate financial priorities to the business. The Business Partner will work with and influence Regional Portfolio Heads managing an expenditure budget of £30m-£70m across an area of significant variability.

To apply: Please apply online here.

Application deadline: March 10, 2014


Social Science Research Council - Program Officer/Director - Anxieties of Democracy, Brooklyn

The SSRC invites applications for the position of Program Officer/Director for the new Anxieties of Democracy Program. The program is motivated by a deep concern about whether the core institutions of representative democracies—elections, mass media, political parties, interest groups, social movements, and, especially, legislatures—that connect citizens and civil society to the political system can capably address large problems in the public interest.

To apply and for more information: Please click here.

Application deadline: March 15, 2014


International Rescue Committee - Education Coordinator, Lebanon

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) currently seeks an Education Coordinator to lead the IRC Lebanon’s education program, including the immediate initiation of a pilot program while also supporting systematic growth to include a proposed 3-year, multi-donor education initiative for out-of-school Syrian and Lebanese children and youth across Lebanon. The Education Coordinator will play the lead role in representation/coordination, business development, overall planning and management, and providing vision for IRC’s education program overall leadership and vision for the education program.

To apply: Please apply online here.

Application deadline: March 15, 2014


Save the Children – UK
Nutrition Response Team Advisor, Various Locations

As an Emergency Response Personnel (ERP) Nutrition Adviser this individual will generally be deployed to the field as the lead technical adviser in a small or medium-sized emergency or the 2nd phase of large emergency. Alternatively s/he may be deployed as a field level technical coordinator in a complex, large-scale emergency. In addition, on occasion they may also be asked to gap fill a senior technical advisory role in a longer-term humanitarian country program. The ERP Nutrition Adviser will be expected to lead on sectoral assessment, program design and master budgeting, coordination, and support fundraising, recruitment and procurement.

To apply: Please apply online here.

Application deadline: March 16, 2014


Save the Children UK - Senior Fundraising Executive, London

The Senior Fundraising Campaigns Executive is a new role within the team that will manage and grow Save the Children's larger fundraising campaigns, and look to deliver and support the development of new fundraising campaigns.

To apply: Please apply online.

Application deadline: March 16, 2014


Unite for Sight - Associate Director, Connecticut

The Associate Director position provides an outstanding individual with an opportunity to engage in high impact front-line global health programs. The Associate Director works from our New Haven office that overlooks the Yale campus. The Associate Director contributes their professional experience to lead Unite For Sight's four program divisions, while contributing creative and cutting-edge ideas to a leading global health organization. Ideal candidates exemplify a balance of superior writing, analytical, and communications skills paired with a demonstrated commitment to excellence.

To apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to, referencing the position title in the subject line.

Application deadline: Unite For Sight accepts resumes on a rolling basis.


Save the Children – UK Child Protection Coordinator, London

The ERP Child Protection Coordinator will generally be deployed as a field level coordinator in a medium or large-scale emergency. Alternatively, they may be deployed as the lead adviser in a small emergency. On occasion they may also be asked to gap fill a field level coordinator role in a chronic humanitarian country programme. The overall aim of the ERP Child Protection Coordinator will be to assess, design and guide staff to initiate interventions to address violations of children’s rights to protection from abuse, exploitation, violence and neglect.

To apply: Please apply online here.

Application deadline: March 16, 2014


Care International - WASH Advisor, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

CARE Cambodia seeks a WASH Advisor to assess, design, and implement activities at the nexus of water, sanitation, hygiene, and nutrition. This unique position will support CARE’s flagship gender-based approach to improve mothers’ and children’s nutritional status, and will involve implementing such activities as improving household sanitation facilities, expanding the supply of household water treatment products, and enhancing hand-washing facilities, among others. A strong emphasis will be placed on supply-side dynamics of WASH provision, including private-sector-led production and distribution, to fulfill the demand of key target groups, namely mothers and children. As the project aims to employ Behavior Change Communication techniques, standardize hygiene and nutrition education, and effect gender-transformative messaging in select communities with chronic malnutrition and high poverty rates, the WASH Advisor is expected to reflect CARE’s holistic approach to household- and community-level water management.

To apply: Please visit their website.

Application deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Save the Children – UK Audience & Supporter Insight Executive, London

The Audience & Supporter Insight Executive will shape and deliver robust and actionable insight from agreed briefs from any area of the organization and to put this specific insight into context of a wider understanding of current and potential audience strategy.

To apply: Please apply online here.

Application deadline: March 19, 2014


International Rescue Committee -
Senior Business Development Officer, New York

The Senior Business Development Officer (SBDO) works closely with BDU senior staff to provide leadership in monitoring, managing and coordinating IRC’s response to competitive solicitations issued by the US government and multilateral donors such as the World Bank and UN. The incumbent will also be responsible for leading proposal development efforts on-site, which requires international travel to country offices for periods of up to six weeks. Based at IRC Headquarters in New York, the SBDO will report to the BDU Senior Director and collaborate closely with other International Programs and Finance staff to ensure that all proposal development issues are identified and properly addressed.

To apply: Please apply online here.

Application deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Save the Children – Senior Advisor, Impact and Evidence, London

The Senior Impact and Evidence Advisor role sits within the Innovation Impact and Evidence (IIE) team, which is in the Programme Policy and Quality (PPQ) Department. The team is responsible for leveraging knowledge to identify impacts and to support improvement, innovation and best practice, building on rigorous monitoring and evaluation and operations research. The department works closely with the thematic teams (health, education, hunger and livelihoods and child protection) within PPQ, support delivery of the organizations’ programs through Save the Children International Country Offices and collaborate actively with the wider Save the Children movement.

To apply: Please apply online here.

Application deadline: March 21, 2014


Unite for Sight - Global Health World Fellow, Connecticut

The Global Health World Fellowship provides an outstanding individual with an opportunity to engage in high impact front-line global health programs. The Global Health World Fellow works from our New Haven office that overlooks the Yale campus. In this full-time paid job position, the Fellow works closely with Unite For Sight’s CEO and with Unite For Sight's Executive Director on global health programming. The Global Health World Fellow opportunity is a 1-year position starting in Summer 2014, with the opportunity for continued growth in the organization as a Program Manager after the first year.

To apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to, referencing the position title in the subject line.

Application deadline: Unite For Sight accepts resumes on a rolling basis.

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Jesuit Refugee Service - HEM Site Coordinator, Jordan

To understand, support and engage in the mission of the Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM). The Coordinator is philosophically aligned with Jesuit tertiary education offered via virtual immersive learning environments. The JC:HEM Coordinator is accountable for leadership and supervision of JRS-JC:HEM staff, for professional relationships with the JRS team and for project management of all aspects of JC:HEM at the Coordinators home location.

To apply: Please apply online here.

Application deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Eurasia Group - Director and Business Leader, Corporate Advisory Services, New York or Washington

Eurasia Group is seeking an experienced and motivated senior-level business development professional to lead, grow, and manage our Corporate Advisory Services team. This position may be located in the firm's New York or Washington offices. 
In this position, you will be responsible for managing the firm's growth with corporate clients across multiple industry sectors, with a particular focus on sales and relationship management at the CEO and board level. You will bring existing senior client relationships, originate new business and work directly with executive and research leadership to develop a business plan that ensures company sales and profitability goals are met. You will participate in strategy development, annual budget processes and work closely with the firm's CEO and head of sales.

To apply: Please click here.

Application deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Global Strategy Group - Director of Research,
Greater NYC Area

Global Strategy Group (GSG) is seeking a Director to join their growing research practice and to work on a wide variety of political, public affairs and corporate research projects. GSG’s work environment is fast-paced and demanding. Directors are expected to juggle multiple assignments at any given time – whether it’s managing projects and clients, producing research documents and deliverables, or assisting with marketing and proposals. Ideal candidates should have a number of years of experience working on both qualitative and quantitative research for a wide variety of clients.

To apply: Please submit cover letter and resume to Please reference Director – Research within the subject heading of the correspondence.

Application deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


AmeriCares Senior Associate, Medical Outreach Program, Connecticut

Medical Outreach, in addition to its ongoing program activities, is engaged in a multi-year initiative to investigate, develop and promote best practices for short-term medical missions with the aim of improving their impact on immediate health outcomes and long-term health care capacity. In this position, the Senior Associate will play a key role in managing and executing the activities and deliverables of this initiative. S/he will also work with the program team on routine operational tasks related to order processing, reporting and communications.

To apply: Please apply online here.

Application deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


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.

Application deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Unite for Sight - Program Manager, Connecticut

The Program Manager position provides an outstanding individual with an opportunity to engage in high impact front-line global health programs. The Program Manager works from our New Haven office that overlooks the Yale campus. The Program Manager helps to lead Unite For Sight's four program divisions, while contributing creative and cutting-edge ideas to a leading global health organization. Ideal candidates exemplify a balance of superior writing, analytical, and communications skills paired with a demonstrated commitment to excellence.

To apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to, referencing the position title in the subject line.

Application deadline: Unite For Sight accepts resumes on a rolling basis.

Internship Opportunities

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Global Poverty Project - Spring 2014 Internships, New York

The Global Poverty Project has several open internships for the Spring 2014 semester.

The Global Citizen Fellow Intern works with the Global Citizen Team to create content across their issue areas to help draw attention to the plight of the world's poor. This intern will be responsible for copy editing content sourced from partners and issue leads, and managing the appearance and general usability of the Global Poverty Project website.

The Creative Intern could work in either Graphic Design or Production. In Graphic Design, the intern will work to create pitch decks, images for social media, and other materials. The Production Intern works in designing and producing video-based media, from filming, motion graphics and editing through to final output.

The Campaigns & Policy Intern could work in either one of two roles. The first, as a Live Below the Line Intern, who will focus on outreach to new groups so that participation numbers can increase. The second role is as an Education Campaign Intern who will work on a new campaign that focuses on access to quality education. The campaign will be marketed toward teenagers and will use creative approaches to build solidarity with the 57 million children who do not have access to primary education.

The Campaigns & Development Intern works with the Campaign Manager in accomplishing tasks related to managing and building Global Citizen partnerships and campaigns and helping to ensure campaign assets are accurate and effective.

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 a 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


Project Istwa - Communications and Event Planning Internship, New York

The purpose of Project Istwa is to allow participants to use photography to communicate what is important to them and how they see their world. During each workshop, participants are given a digital camera so they can take pictures that show what a day in their life looks like from their perspective. Working with facilitators, participants learn about their cameras and photography and photograph their surroundings. The workshop week includes group work and individual work. Among other activities, after practicing a variety of shots participants go on a community walk with facilitators for further practice. Participants view and discuss each other’s photographs. These sessions open up a dialogue within the group about what each individual is seeing and wanting to communicate through their photographs.

To apply: Interested individuals should email a cover letter and resume to

Application deadline: Applications will be accepted until the open internships are filled.

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America’s Unofficial Ambassadors - Summer Service Internship Program, Various Locations

Volunteer with America’s Unofficial Ambassadors’ 2014 Summer Service Internship Programs! Make a difference, represent America, earn academic credit, and gain hands-on professional experience in Indonesia, Morocco, Tajikistan, or Zanzibar. Internship placements include schools and community-based organizations serving vital human development needs. Unofficial ambassadors serve full-time for six weeks, working at the grassroots level in fields ranging from education and women’s empowerment to economic development and environmental conservation

To apply: Please visit their website.

Application deadline: Applications are due by March 24, 2014 for the Indonesia, Tajikistan and Zanzibar programs. Morocco program applications are due March 31, 2014.


Save the Children - Humanitarian Policy & Advocacy Summer Internship, Washington D.C.

The Humanitarian Policy & Advocacy Intern will be responsible for completing 1-2 assigned projects related to humanitarian responses to conflict and natural disasters. The Intern will conduct research and attend/report out on Congressional hearings and briefings as well as NGO coalition working group meetings of InterAction members. They will provide administrative support as needed, and will have the opportunity to attend agency meetings about Save the Children's programs.

To apply: Please visit their website.

Application deadline: March 31, 2014


The Equal Rights Center - Spring Internships, Washington D.C.

The Equal Rights Center is seeking applicants who will be in the Washington, DC area during the Spring 2014 semester to participate in their Civil Rights Internship Program as well as our Communications and Development Internship Program. Interns work closely with the staff of the ERC in each of the program areas: fair housing, disability rights, immigrant rights, employment rights, communications, development, testing, corporate collaborations, and an emerging LGBT initiative. Interns work on a variety of substantive tasks related to ongoing studies, investigations, and complaints in the Washington, DC area and across the nation, as well as help out with day to day administrative duties. The Spring Internship runs from January 2014 through May 2014. Interns are expected to work at least 2 days per week (16 hours) and will receive a stipend of $30 per day, to be paid bi-weekly.

To apply: Please e-mail your resume and cover letter describing your interest in their work to the attention of Melissa Fobear at

Application deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.


National Economic & Social Rights Initiative - Human Right to Housing Spring & Summer 2014 Internships, New York

Interns will assist with research and writing in support of the Housing Program and its partners and/or support the development and maintenance of the Program’s communications infrastructure and media analysis. Research topics will vary greatly but may include human rights approaches to city planning, international examples of participatory development, and impact analysis of alternative policy implementation at various points of local government intervention. Other tasks may include contributions to movement blogging and media narrative analysis.

To apply: Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis, so applying sooner rather than later is advantageous. Please email one-page resume, one-page cover letter, and short writing sample (less than 10 pages) to Brittany Scott, Indicate in the subject line of the email the dates of the desired internship.

Application deadline: Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


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

Application deadline: Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Astraea – Program Intern, New York

Internships are available both in the US and the International Program. The Intern will receive guidance and training on progressive grantmaking: systems, processes, and program evaluation, as well as LGBTQ, feminist, and social justice movements in the Global South and East—especially in the Americas--in the specific tasks assigned. The internship, though unpaid, is meant to be an important and meaningful learning experience. The Intern will also receive a mandatory orientation to the organization, designed to familiarize with the history, values, and programs of the foundation.

To apply: Submit a completed application form, with your resume and a brief cover letter describing
why you are interested in interning with Astraea. E-mail or fax applications, Attn: Lolan
Sevilla, or fax: 212-982-3321 x813.

Application deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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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.


American Islamic Congress - Project Nur Outreach Coordinator Internship, Various Locations

An Outreach Coordinator Intern serves as a leader for the Project Nur chapters across the country. As an intern, you will assist Project Nur’s efforts through its wide array of programs to build bridges between communities by promoting understanding, acceptance, and responsible leadership. Responsibilities may include Chapter Development in your school; Event planning and Outreach as well as having the opportunity to become a board member on Project Nur's National Student Committee (NSC). Project Nur empowers its student leaders to utilize their creativity to implement meaningful initiatives focused on human rights around the world and the United States.

To apply: Please send an email to

Application deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Volunteer Opportunities


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.


Save the Children - Born to Read Volunteers, London

Save the Children is now working in partnership with children’s literacy charity Beanstalk, to place volunteers in local primary schools and help children who are struggling with reading as part of our Born to Read programme.

These reading helpers spend one-to-one time regularly with children to read, talk and play educational games for an academic year. This consistent and regular support enables children to make progress in confidence and in their literacy skills.

To apply and for more information: If this role sounds of interest to you please download and fill in an application form and send to or post to Save the Children, Volunteer Support Team, 1 St John's Lane, Farringdon, EC1M 4AR. If you would like to find out more information please contact the Volunteer Support Team on or 0207 012 6997.

Fellowships & Scholarships


March 2014 - October 2014
Urban Agriculture Paid Apprenticeship Program for Refugees & Immigrants

The Refugee & Immigrant Fund (RIF), a non-profit organization based in New York City, is offering this Apprenticeship for refugees and immigrants to gain valuable experience about the professional and agricultural environment in the United States, improve their English, develop new skills and write their resumes. The program is based across two of the world's largest rooftop farms, in the Brooklyn Navy Yard (Brooklyn) and Long Island City (Queens). The following will be covered during this program:

a) Urban Farming activities once a week from the end of March to October 2014

b) Full day, skills-based workshops including job readiness, resume writing, and English language classes.

For more information: Please visit the RIF website or call at (917) 517 6781.

Sunday, June 8 – Saturday, June 21
U.S. Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security

This two-week learning program to be held on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, is for graduate students who are interested in developing a holistic understanding of the conceptual challenges around global food security with a focus on cross-disciplinary problem solving of real-world development challenges. Applicants must have completed at least one semester of graduate study and be enrolled in a U.S. institution at the time of application. U.S. citizenship is not required. Information about previous Summer Institutes on Global Food Security is available in this website

For more information and to apply: Please click here.

Application deadline: Monday, March 10, 2014


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.

For more information and to apply: Please visit this page.

Application deadline: General decision deadline is March 24, 2014.

U.S. Borlaug Graduate Research Grant

The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security graduate research grant supports exceptional graduate students who are interested in developing a component of their graduate research in a developing country setting and in collaboration with a mentor from an International Agricultural Research Center (IARC) or a qualifying National Agricultural Research System (NARS) unit. U.S. citizenship is required, and applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. graduate program at the time of application.

For more information: Kindly write to

To apply: Please visit their website.

Application deadline: April 14, 2014

Call for Papers & Applications


Humanitarian Technology: Science, Systems and Global Impact 2014

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.

Individuals are invited to submit papers in all subject areas of humanitarian engineering and technology development. Papers describing academic research as well as field work are encouraged

To apply and submit: HumTech2014 submissions for Abstracts only are now open. Please use the conference management tool (CMT) for your submissions

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 well-being
6. Social resilience
7. Governance
8. Education

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

Submission deadline for Full Papers: April 4, 2014


Forced Migration Review -
Call for Articles on "Faith-based Organizations and Responses to Displacement"

The Forced Migration Review editors are looking for practice-oriented submissions that will reflect a diverse range of opinions and perspectives about faith-based or faith-inspired humanitarian activities focusing on situations of forced displacement and address questions such as the following:

* What is it about faith that inspires humanitarian response? Does this affect cooperation or partnership with non-faith-based agencies and/or with agencies taking their inspiration from different faiths?
* Is there any conflict between the human rights approach to assistance and protection for forced migrants and an approach based on faith claims, particularly in respect of humanitarian norms, standards and accountability?
* Do displaced persons potentially identify with and/or trust organisations inspired by faith more than secular organisations?
* Do some groups of displaced people prioritise a match between their own faith and that of the providers of assistance, or vice versa?
* Do faith-based agencies ever implement assistance in a discriminatory way or link it to activities designed to proselytise? If so, how do they justify this?

For more information and a complete list of prompts: Please visit their website.

Submission deadline: May 9, 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.

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