IDHA Reunion in Budapest!

Mark Szabó, Dávid Gál, Anna Szenczy, Sándor Horváth

IIHA International Programs Specialist, Suzanne Arnold, recently caught up with Mark Szabó (IDHA 42)Dávid Gál (IDHA 34, MIHA), Anna Szenczy (IDHA 45, MIHA), and Sándor Horváth (IDHA 47) at the Hungarian Baptist Aid offices in Budapest.

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IDHA to be held in Nepal in February, with Milestone Ahead

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As the world gets smaller (see Alumni Reunions and Updates!), the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) family continues to grow. This past June witnessed the graduation of more than 40 aid professionals from the program, and by word of mouth, qualified candidates are already beginning to submit their applications for courses months away. In February 2017, the IDHA will be held for the first time ever in Nepal. A few months later in June 2017, the IDHA will return to Fordham University in New York to celebrate the milestone of its 50th course.

For almost 20 years, the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) has served as one of the leading multidisciplinary training programs for humanitarian aid workers worldwide. Supported by a core team drawn from Fordham University faculty and some of the top humanitarian professionals in the field, the IDHA effectively balances theory and practice to bring participants to the cutting edge of humanitarian knowledge and application.

screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-9-53-33-amOrganized by Fordham University’s Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) and the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC), the IDHA has welcomed esteemed lecturers and speakers including H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, Kofi Annan, Elhadj As Sy, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, H.E. Jan Eliasson, Francis M. Deng, Ibrahim Gambari, Bernard Kouchner, Jemilah Mahmood, Lord David Owen, and Margareta Wahlström. Founded by Kevin Cahill, M.D. and Directed by Larry Hollingworth, C.B.E. since the inaugural course, the IDHA has been held in numerous locations around the world including Amman, Barcelona, Berlin, Dublin, Goa, Geneva, New York, Nairobi, Kuala Lumpur, and Pretoria.

Together, the IIHA and CIHC have trained over 2,500 participants from 133 countries.

 

Each IDHA course is made up of a diverse body of students with a wide array of backgrounds and a broad range of skills and interests acquired through years of professional experience. The unique perspective each participant brings to the program is essential to creating the dynamic learning environment on which the IDHA thrives. IDHA 48, which took place in June 2016 in New York, was one of the most diverse courses yet, featuring 41 participants from 27 nations, representing 36 organizations, and working in 26 countries around the world.

Join us as we prepare to celebrate a milestone in our record of humanitarian training! Apply now or spread the word!

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Featured Humanitarian Open Tool: Outernet

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Outernet is a filecast service provider, providing global file distribution over the L-band satellite stream. It provides information without censorship for educational and emergency purposes and information about “news, civic information, commodity prices, weather, construction plans for open source farm machinery” and other types of information. In addition, it will be providing access to “courseware,” which includes textbooks, videos, and software and Outernet will be available also when access to regular Internet connection is down for any reason.

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Humanitarian Innovation Corner – September 2016

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This Summer at HTH, we skipped the beach and the mountains in order to continue developing new projects and fostering new partnerships. We garnered support from Benetech, CodeAlliance, Keiron, SWITxBOARD and Prosper Community, and we found common ground for cooperation with the E-Nable community and The Things Network. We engaged our many interlocutors in the U.S. and abroad, reaching out to humanitarian innovation hubs as far as Nepal. Our fields of intervention are currently focused on blockchain technology for resilient public health systems and humanitarian financing, and Internet of Things hardware for early warning in flood-prone areas.

Do you want to know more? Feel like engaging directly, or involving your organization? Drop us a line!

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IDHA 44 Reunion in Kathmandu

Mukesh Singh and James Tan, IDHA 44 Graduates

“Wonderful meeting my IDHA 44 friend James Tan in Kathmandu. Remembered you all my fellow IDHA 44 mates and missing those lovely days in Geneva in 2015. Hope to catch you all one day. James is doing such a great humanitarian job for the Nepal earthquakes victims in Dhading and Sindhupalchowk districts. Very much appreciated his efforts for the people in Nepal.” – Mukesh Singh

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IIHA Hosts Second Cohort of NOHA Students at Fordham University

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Brendan Cahill and Rene Desiderio (pictured in front) with the 2016 cohort of NOHA students

The IIHA hosted the second cohort of the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA) Erasmus Mundus students at Fordham University during the summer session from mid-June till mid-August. NOHA2016_UNIIHA Executive Director, Brendan Cahill (IDHA 9), welcomed the seven students from three European universities: Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany (Meryem Alci, Tatjana Bojarski and Malte Neuser), University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain (Daniela Brum da Silva Nieves and Guillermo Barros), University College Dublin in Ireland (Sara Bojö) and University of Groningen in the Netherlands (Hawa Kombian). IIHA Research Fellow, Rene Desiderio, Ph.D., served as Academic Advisor of the students.

During their stay at Fordham, the students conducted research for their master’s theses focusing on various humanitarian issues. Refugees(NOHA) - 2016 NOHA Students taken at the UN HeadquartersThese include humanitarian engagement with non-state armed groups, the use of new technologies by migrants and refugees, aid efficiency in complex conflict situations with particular focus on humanitarian aid in Syria, the scourge of sexual violence in conflict areas, accountability in the humanitarian innovation community, approaches to scale-up digital health interventions for women and children and good practices of remote management in humanitarian action.

UN_HQ_NOHA2016Students who attended some of the summer sessions offered by IIHA, including lectures presented during the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) in June, found them particularly useful in their thesis research, and helped the students to deepen their understanding of humanitarian issues and challenges. Topics that the students found to be especially beneficial included technology in humanitarian assistance, communications and media, civil-military cooperation, migration, and accountability. One student said that the sessions “were exceptionally well taught,” while another “acquired new perspectives and insights” on issues of great interest to the student.

NOHA(2016)_UNAs a venue for third-country research stay, the students said that they will encourage and recommend Fordham-IIHA to other NOHA students. The Institute, according to the students, provides excellent academic supervision, offers interesting courses given by practitioners, and provides opportunities to meet seasoned professionals and lecturers in the humanitarian field.

 

Student Feedback

“Fordham-IIHA provides an ideal environment to focus on one’s thesis research, as well as an opportunity to attend interesting lectures on humanitarian issues.  Moreover, the city is great destination to spend two intense and memorable summer months.”

-NOHA Student, University of Deutso (Bilbao, Spain)

“I would highly recommend future NOHA students to do their research stay at Fordham-IIHA because of the excellent academic supervision and interesting humanitarian courses it offers.”

-NOHA Student, Ruhr University (Bochum, Germany)

“At Fordham-IIHA, we felt that we were not alone because the Institute was there for us during our research stay. The academic standard is high. I made the right choice because I got the support that I needed for a meaningful thesis.” 

-NOHA Student, University of Deutso (Bilbao, Spain)

“The most rewarding aspect of my stay at Fordham IIHA was being able to pursue my thesis research plus an internship with High Tech Humanitarians (HTH) that created opportunities for me to attend some UN sessions with technology experts engaged in humanitarian and development issues, as well as to meet with an OCHA representative as part of my data collection efforts.”

-NOHA Student, University of Groningen (Netherlands)

“The hands-on supervision at Fordham IIHA was essential to refine ideas and cut a clearer path towards my master’s thesis goals. The opportunity to attend summer courses and meet seasoned professionals and lecturers in the humanitarian field have enriched my overall experience during my research stay.”

-NOHA Student, University of Groningen (Netherlands)

“Fordham IIHA provides the NOHA students an opportunity to focus solely on their master’s theses, receiving valuable support from an academic advisor, who helps to get their research on the right track.”

-NOHA Student, Ruhr University (Bochum, Germany)

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IIHA International Programs Specialist Reunites with IDHA 47 Participants in NY!

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Ellen, Radhika, and Suzanne

IDHA summers in New York! Amidst the busy days of the 48th International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) and short courses including Ethics of Humanitarian Assistance, Accountability in Humanitarian Action, and Leadership and Management of Humanitarian Action Suzanne Arnold (IIHA International Programs Specialist) reunited with several of IDHA 47 participants including Tatiana AspinwallRadhika Shah and Ellen Lesh, and Cindy Coffman.

Suzanne and Cindy Coffman

Suzanne and Cindy (during a brief pause from the Leadership and Management course to celebrate Cindy’s birthday)

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Alumni Update: Andy McElroy (IDHA 16, IDHA Lecturer)

In a recent article for UNISDR, Andy McElroy (IDHA 16, IDHA Lecturer) talks about the importance of the Hotel Resilient Initiative in creating safe situations and heightened response efforts in places where there is a high level of tourism. In another article, Andy discusses the Mongolian launch of public-private partnership for disaster relief.

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Featured Resources (WBG): Cash Transfers in Humanitarian Contexts

Upon request of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Principals, the World Bank agreed to coordinate a process of reviewing key issues and options for significantly scaling up the use of multipurpose cash transfers (MPCTs; including digital cash and vouchers) in the humanitarian space. The Strategic Note document, “Cash Transfers in Humanitarian Contexts,” lays out the main findings and options emerging from the process. The main text is complemented by a set of seven appendixes, detailing the process and feedback received, as well as presenting a thorough review of the evidence and evidence gaps in the comparative effectiveness of cash and in-kind programs across humanitarian objectives. This note synthesizes main issues and findings from the process, including defining overarching issues (section 2), setting out the overall context in which a wider use of cash should be considered (section 3), and identifying the specific areas to help unleash a wider use of cash transfers when and where appropriate (section 4).  

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Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: A Perspective from International Geneva

The importance of collaboration between different actors in an era of complex and interconnected challenges, where local problems increasingly have global dimensions and global solutions impact at the local level. The perspective of International Geneva looks at the SDG’s of this agenda.

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