Dr. Sr. Ephigenia Gachiri, Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM) (IIHA and IDHA Guest Lecturer) is hard at work advocating for an end to the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). Her initiative, the Termination of Female Genital Mutilation, published its August newsletter to update the broader community about past and current progress and future plans.
Monthly Archives: July 2015
International organizations often go to great lengths to show that they are promoting transparency and good governance in the countries in which they work, but how much do we really know about where and how emergency aid money is spent? In partnership with Local2Global Protection, IRIN takes a serious look at the size, flows, data and power structures of the humanitarian economy. IRIN identifies the “humanitarian one percent,” and examines the complex subcontracting arrangements and the quality and quantity of available data. It’s messy, complex, and shows a system badly in need of reform. Read the full IRIN report here.
Durgavasini Devanath (IDHA 31, MIHA) accepted a new position as a Senior Emergency Health Officer for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Asia Pacific Zone.
Dr. Sr. Ephigenia Gachiri, IBVM (IIHA and IDHA Guest Lecturer) continues her work and advocacy to stop the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The Loreto Sisters’ Project, Termination of Female Genital Mutilation, has focused on the reduction of FGM through seminar based education in rural Kenya. The project’s 2014-2015 narrative report details the progress and challenges encountered while trying to combat this practice.
A recent crisis brief from IRIN news, “Crisis Brief: Unexpected aid in eastern Ukraine” describes the complicated humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine, and the legal and moral issues that collaboration with local humanitarian actors can raise in a contested environment. The article explains a large component of the aid delivered in eastern Ukraine is funded through oligarchs and outside powers. Collaboration with these actors makes it difficult for neutral aid groups to both aid those in need and maintain their neutrality. The Ukrainian, Russian and local unrecognized governments all utilize aid for political or military objectives, further confusing the situation. The report raises the question of how humanitarian aid organizations should co-exist with non-neutral aid providers as the primary aid groups in the area.
The article poses timely questions: is humanitarian aid ever completely neutral? Can international NGOs collaborate with local organizations without compromising their values? In a politicized environment, how can international groups best negotiate access to victims of conflict in a frozen conflict zone?
Barry Finette, THINKmd Founder and CEO, talked to Business Insider India about THINKmd’s latest app, MEDSINC. MEDSINC is designed to allow nurses and non-doctor healthcare professionals and unskilled health workers to quickly perform basic health assessments for children less than 5 years-old. MEDSINC was developed in collaboration with the University of Vermont, and it was tested in Bangladesh, Peru, and Ecuador. For more information, read the article!
Joe Lowry was featured in the Bangkok Post for his article “Through Migrants Eyes“. The article, originally penned for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and then posted on his blog, discusses the plight of migrants and refugees across Southeast Asia, the global migration crisis, and the responsibilities of the international community.