Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs Bi-Weekly Humanitarian Newsletter: June 24, 2013 – July 8, 2013 Humanitarian


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Bi-Weekly Humanitarian Newsletter: June 24, 2013 – July 8, 2013

Humanitarian Spotlight: Water Chlorination


In a recent segment from NPR’s Morning Edition, Jacob Goldstein investigated new developments in the fight to secure clean drinking water in the developing world. While traditionally, water contamination has been treated as an engineering problem, with efforts focused on digging safer wells, new research suggest that the problem goes further than faulty water supplies. Contamination can happen at any point between the moment water is retrieved from the well to the moment it is actually consumed.

With the issue now better understood, the focus has shifted to providing people with chlorine to be added in small amounts to their family’s water supply. However, Evan Green-Lowe, of the Innovations for Poverty Action in Kenya, says even with the chlorine readily available, few families are taking advantage of the resource. The solution has been to provide a chlorine dispenser directly next to wells and spring. Within the villages where the dispensers have been installed, 40 percent of the water in people’s home tests positive for chlorine. While this is a clear step in the right direction, quadrupling past chlorination levels, the initiative still has a long way to go.

For more information on water chlorination efforts, please refer to:

International Humanitarian Affairs Book Series


The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs is proud to announce its new book, History and Hope: The International Humanitarian Reader.

History and Hope: The International Humanitarian Reader provides a growing audience --both within and outside academia--with a better understanding of the multi-faceted demands posed by humanitarian assistance programs. Contributors include many of the leading figures in international diplomacy, relief and refugee operations, conflict resolution and reconciliation, and transition from disaster to stability and development, from the chaos of war to peace.

Order your copy today!

New York City Events

Monday, July 8 - Wednesday, July 10
Core Professional Training on Humanitarian Law & Policy

Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection will offer a three-day course on Core Professional Training on Humanitarian Law & Policy to develop and discuss essential skills for humanitarian action. Through a series of lectures, case studies and simulation exercises, participants will work towards developing strategic responses to common humanitarian challenges. Registration is required to attend this three-day course.

Location: 630 Second Avenue

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On display until August 10, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
This is not me هاد مو أنا : Enduring Syria’s War

An exhibition by Bridgette Auger, This is not me هاد مو أنا : Enduring Syria’s War is a photography-based project that documents the experiences of two friends throughout the turmoil. Auger's work reflects the physical destruction as well as the mental and emotional toll of the affected population. Through a compilation that includes both video and text, Auger's work serves as a commentary on the lives of displaced civilians and the difficulties faced in providing them with essential aid.

Bridgette Auger is the 2012 Tierney Fellowship award recipient from the Department of Photography & Imaging in the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at New York University.

Location: Tisch School of the Arts, Gulf + Western Gallery (721 Broadway at Waverly Place)

National Events

Tuesday, July 2, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Exploring Intersections of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law

Partnering with the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian law will hold an exploratory discussion looking at modes and methods of humanitarian action. Participants, guided by professor Rick Wilson, will contextualize international humanitarian law in the broader background of human rights.

Location: Capitol Visitor Center HVC 200, East Capitol St. NE and 1st St, Washington, DC

Friday, July 26 - Sunday, July, 28
Urban Humanitarian Emergencies Course at Harvard University

Organized by the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard, the three-day course in Urban Humanitarian Emergencies will be focused on current issues and practices present within an urban humanitarian environment. Courses, led by experts in humanitarian response from universities and nongovernmental organizations, will discuss both the advantages and challenges of working in a complex urban settings.

Location: Harvard University Campus, Cambridge, MA

International Events

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Monday, June 24, 10:00 AM
Challenges Facing Humanitarian Action

The International Committee of the Red Cross presents a series of events entitled Challenges Facing Humanitarian Action aimed at addressing the difficulties confronting humanitarians working in unstable security environments and discuss Switzerland's role and responsibility in humanitarian efforts. Speakers include Peter Maurer, President of the ICRC and Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Location: University of Geneva, Boulevard du Pont d’Arve 40, Geneva

Friday, July 5, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (BST)
Monitoring Protection: Asking the Impossible?

Co-hosted by the Humanitarian Policy Group and the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Overseas Development Institute will hold a discussion entitled Monitoring Protection: Asking the Impossible? Despite the obligation to respect International Humanitarian Law during a time of emergency, recent conflicts have seen an increase in the number of civilian fatalities. With different mandates, approaches, and access levels, results have varied throughout different humanitarian contexts. Dialogue at this event will be centered on both failed and successful efforts throughout the years and will look forward at effective ways for humanitarian agencies to better monitor protection.

Location: 203 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NJ and streamed live online

Friday, October 25 - Sunday, 27
XV. Humanitarian Congress - in Berlin

Online registration is now open for the XV. Humanitarian Congress in Berlin. Participants will engage in dialogue on theory and practice of humanitarian action. The conference will include several discussions on health care in war zones, discrepancies within the global humanitarian system and the protection of civilians while also also looking at case studies of Syria and Haiti.

Location: Virchow-Klinikum, Augustenburger Platz 1, 13353 Berlin

Job and Internship Opportunities

Save the Children International - Humanitarian Operations Coordinator

Save the Children International responds to emergency situations providing food, medical care and education to affected communities while implementing long-term recovery programs to resolve ongoing struggles of poverty, hunger, illiteracy and disease.

The Humanitarian Operations Coordinator will be based in Yangon, Myanmar on a 12-month assignment to provide direct support to the field teams in Rakhine, Meiktila, Kachin/NSS and other emergency responses in the effective planning, management and implementation, and monitoring of all programme work. Coordinator will be in-charge of planning while keeping in line with SCI standards, ensuring donor compliance and accountability to beneficiaries, SCI staff and donors. This role is varied and demands someone who is flexible, willing to travel regularly, and able to work across teams in both Yangon and the field. Please note that the position might be filled before the application is closed.

International Rescue Committee – Food Security Coordinator, Democratic Republic of Congo

At work in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) delivers life-saving aid during natural disasters or an outbreak of war or violence.

The Food Security Coordinator ensures that the IRC’s interventions are rapid, well planned and resourced and accountable both to the donor and to the IRC’s beneficiaries. The Food Security Coordinator is in charge of the development of a Food Security Strategy (from the emergency to the exit strategy) including writing of strategic narratives, proposals, etc. The Food Security Coordinator reports to the South Kivu Deputy Director Programs. The Coordinator is based in Bukavu, but will spend at least 25% of his/her time in the field for the purposes of program monitoring and supervision. The position will be responsible for 14 staff, and an initial budget of approx. 1.8m EUROs.

Oxfam – Pan Africa Campaigner (Application due June 30)

Oxfam is composed of 17 organizations networked together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty.

Based in South Africa, the post-holder will lead on engagement with key pan-African institutions, including the Pan Africa Parliament and NEPAD, high profile individuals and with other colleagues funded under a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Pan Africa Campaigner will work closely with the African Union Finance Ministers and Pan Africa Civil Society organizations working with aid and development financing.

Humanitarian Programs at Fordham

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International Humanitarian Affairs Minor:
The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs 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.

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.