Andy McElroy’s (IDHA 16, IDHA Lecturer) latest articles for the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) include “India hosts Asian Ministerial Conference,” which discusses an upcoming inauguration for the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR 2016) and “Indian businesses to launch DRR fund,” which talks about the Secretary-General of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Dr. A. Didar Singh’s call to “businesses, governments and donor agencies to establish a US$100 million Global United Fund for Disaster Risk Reduction.”
Chantal Kakozi (IDHA 45)
was recently granted asylum in the United States. We extend our congratulations to Chantal on this next step in her journey!
Ferdinand von Habsburg-Lothringen (IDHA 9, MIHA)
was recently part of a delegation from the South Sudan Council of Churches that had the honor of meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican. The delegation shared with Pope Francis about the current situation in South Sudan and their own involvement and efforts through the Council of Churches to encourage peace, healing, and reconciliation. Read the Press Statement!
Vincent Kenny and Fausto Aarya De Santis, both graduates of (IDHA 44) who also joined the team as IDHA tutors, recently reunited in Dublin, Ireland!
Father Paddy Moran (IDHA 12), an Irish Spiritan missionary who has been working in Ethiopia for twelve years, recently sent us a video about his work, which was shown on an Irish TV network.
Rahul Singh (IDHA 40), GlobalMedic Founder and Executive Director, provided an update to Global News about his organization’s active response in Haiti , and the need for increased aid in the country.
IDHA alumni Dr. Durgavasini Devanath (IDHA 31) of the IFRC Asia Pacific Regional Office and Leo Pattiasina (IDHA 35) of Palang Merah Indonesia (PMI) recently met as their organizations joined together to organize and facilitate a Community Based Psychosocial Support Training in Penang, Malaysia.
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.
Late last year, the IIHA helped to disseminate a survey among our networks regarding the current perception and level of understanding about drones in the humanitarian sector. Timo Luege (IDHA 21), who assisted with FSD’s research into the use of drones in humanitarian crises, recently shared with us the survey results .
After four months leading a team for the UNHCR Communicating with Communities Team in Greece, Timo Luege (IDHA 21) is back in Berlin. In his most recent blog posts, Timo talks about why refugees need smartphones , highlights the widespread use and increasing potential of Whatsapp, and reviews and tests SMS platforms and influencer outreach platforms to determine the best platforms for communication and outreach in humanitarian response.