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.
“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 earthquake victims in Dhading and Sindhupalchowk districts. Very much appreciated his efforts for the people in Nepal.” – Mukesh Singh (IDHA 44)
“I’m just back in Bangkok with finally a little time to digest an amazing mission to Afghanistan with IOM. The arid beauty of the land and the wonderful welcome of its people are the top takeaways, but so were the ‘small world’ coincidences.” –Joe Lowry (IDHA 12) writes about his latest mission in his blog.
Suzanne and Tatiana
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 Aspinwall, Radhika Shah and Ellen Lesh, and Cindy Coffman.
Suzanne and Cindy (during a brief pause from the Leadership and Management course to celebrate Cindy’s birthday)
As the Olympics once again claimed its summer presence in media outlets across the globe, Daniela Traldi (IDHA 40) authored two articles for the BBC about the prevailing spirit of the Olympics amidst a challenging time for its host country, Brazil, and the strong bond among women athletes as seen through the social media accounts of star athletes.
Fausto Aarya De Santis (IDHA 44, IDHA Tutor) recently co-authored a paper on enhancing community engagement within situations of armed conflict, which was released by the Community Engagement Working Group in Yemen. View the infographic!
After four years with Word Vision UK, Nick Clarke (IDHA 27) recently commenced a new role with ACT Alliance as Head of Strategy and Partnerships in Geneva. Nick is very happy to hear from you and can be contacted by email!
Barry Finette (IDHA 33, IDHA Tutor), THINKmd Founder and CEO, has now issued the fifth edition of of the organization’s newsletter, which discusses THINKmd’s recent developments and progress.