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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Moussa Camara (IDHA 40) recently accepted a position as a Child Protection Team Leader for the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) after receiving his Masters Degree in Peace Building and Conflict Resolution from Kampala International University. A Guinean by nationality, Moussa has over 15 years of humanitarian experience, 12 of which he spent working with children in different contexts (emergencies, conflict, and post-conflict). Prior to his post with MINUSCA, Moussa worked with the American Refugee Committee (ARC) in Guinea, Save the Children in Guinea, Liberia, Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo, War Child Canada in Haiti, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Liberia, UNICEF in Tunisia/ Libya and most recently with United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) as Child Protection Team Leader for Upper Nile State, where he held the position for almost four years. In his new position, Moussa will be based in Bria, Eastern Sector in the Central African Republic.
In the article, “Who isn’t equipped for a pandemic or bioterror attack? The WHO,” featured on the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist’s website, Annie Sparrow (MHCE 4) discusses the influence of business and politics and the limitations of the World Health Organization (WHO) in creating effective solutions to public health problems.
Monica Martinez (IDHA 34) is now Child Protection and Social Care Consultant at Oxford Policy Management (OPM) and is based in Oxford, UK.
Thomas Thorhauge (IDHA 37), Health Adviser at the British Red Cross, and Durgavasini Devanath (IDHA 31), Senior Emergency Health Officer at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Asia Pacific Zone Office recently met up in Kuala Lumpur. Durgavasini tagged some of her fellow students and friends in her post, saying: “Thinking of the rest of the IIHA/ CIHC family & looking forward to serendipitous meets soon.”
In a recent review for The New York Review of Books, IIHA Alumna Annie Sparrow (MHCE 4) responds to Sonia Shah’s book Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond.
The IIHA is proud to announce the graduation of Gianluigi Lopes (IDHA 37) from Fordham University’s Master’s in International Humanitarian Action (MIHA) Program!
Gianluigi, who began his career as a political scientist following his graduation from the University of Bologna in 2004, was employed for almost three years as freelance journalist and press officer for the private sector. He joined the humanitarian sector in 2008, and has since worked in countries including Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, DR Congo, Guinea, Haiti, Holland, Italy, Iran, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Malta, Mexico, Palestine, Sierra Leone, Sudan, South Africa, USA, Spain, and Switzerland. His work in humanitarian contexts has spanned the fields of communications, advocacy, training, logistics, information, and project management. A majority of his assignments have been linked to humanitarian medical interventions such as forced migration (Lampedusa, Malta, and detention centres for irregular migrants), displacement and conflict (Sudan), diagnosis and treatment of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria (South Africa, Lesotho, Sierra Leone, DR Congo, and Cambodia), and epidemics (Ebola in Western Africa, Cholera in Haiti and Sierra Leone).
In 2015, Gianluigi worked for the World Health Organization (OMS/WHO) in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone as regional information manager for the Ebola response, during which time he was seconded as health pillar coordinator in the cluster system at the National stadium of Freetown to support the flood response efforts. Prior to that, he was a senior communications adviser in several MSF headquarters (Brussels, Geneva, Amsterdam, Vienna, and Rome) and was part of the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Ebola Task Force in Sierra Leone as an intersectional advocacy and liaison manager.
In his MIHA thesis, entitled “Embraced by the locals: Perception and acceptance of foreign aid,” Gianluigi examines the evolving impediments faced by international humanitarian agencies in their attempts to provide assistance to populations in need. He analyzes several typologies of the rejection of aid, provides possible causes of this phenomenon, and ultimately suggests that a perception gap characterizes the relations established among aid agencies and local actors within the operational contexts. Through this study, Gianluigi devises possible steps to be taken in order to improve the understanding of the contexts where aid efforts take place, and therefore diminish the misconceptions regarding the humanitarian discourse in emergency response.
Gianluigi is currently working for the Italian Red Cross as Head of Delegation in the Occupied Territories in Ramallah – Palestine and is in charge for the operations in the MENA area.
Congratulations Gianluigi! We wish you all the best in your future endeavors!
Aside from their humanitarian achievements, IIHA alumni possess a wide range of other talents, many of which venture into the realms of literature and the arts. One example is Terrence Ward (IDHA 12) who authored “The Guardian of Mercy: How an Extraordinary Painting by Caravaggio Changed an Ordinary Life Today,” which offers an incredible narrative journey into the heart of Caravaggio’s artistry and his metamorphosis from fugitive to visionary.
In the article, “Maintaining momentum: The buzz following the Innovation Fair,” Ashley Leichner (MHCE 10) and Inka Weissbecker (MHCE Guest Lecturer) reflect on the Innovation Fair hosted by the Mental Health Innovation Network (MHIN) in collaboration with the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Fausto Aarya de Santis (IDHA 44, IDHA Tutor) participated as a panelist in a podcast on The Role of Humanitarian Professionals in Promoting Respect for IHL organized by Harvard’s Advanced Training Program in Humanitarian Action (ATHA).