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Fordham and the IIHA formalize partnership with IOM


Roger Milici, Stephen Freedman, Joseph M. McShane, S.J., Ambassador William Lacy Swing, Ashraf El Nour, Brendan Cahill, and Olivia Headon (Photo by Dana Maxson)

Ambassador Swing and Joseph M. McShane, S.J. Fordham University and the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) are proud to announce our partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which was formalized by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Fordham University President Joseph M. McShane, S.J. and IOM Director General Ambassador William Lacy Swing at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus in New York.

dmp_8882The agreement between the two organizations was led and negotiated by IIHA Executive Director, Brendan Cahill (IDHA 9), who emphasized the importance of the partnership for training, research, and publications. We extend our sincere thanks to CIHC Board Member and IDHA Alumni Council Chairperson Emeritus, Argentina Szabados (IDHA 2), who, in her roles as IOM Regional Director for South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia and Special Representative to IOM Director General, has been an absolutely integral part of the process.

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IDHA 47 Continues in Geneva, Switzerland


The 47th International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA 47) commenced in Geneva, Switzerland on the 31st of January. IDHA 47 consists of 16 students from 13 countries, working with 14 different organizations.

All the students have quickly bonded and are looking forward to one last weekend of paper-writing and studying ahead of next week’s graduation.

Tony Land, Ph.D. (IIHA Senior Fellow), Theo Kruezen (IDHA 9), and Fausto Aarya De Santis (IDHA 44) came together as IDHA 47 tutors, Larry Hollingworth, C.B.E. as the Course Director, and Suzanne Arnold as Course Administrator.

Weeks 1 through 3 have welcomed back many members of the IDHA family as lecturers, including Peter Hansen (IIHA Diplomat in Residence), Tina Szabados (IDHA 2, IDHA Alumni Council Chairperson Emeritus, and CIHC Board Member), Pamela Lupton-Bowers (IDHA Faculty), Florian Razesberger (IDHA 20), Lynne JonesAnnika Sjöberg (IDHA 28), Isabelle Séchaud (IDHA 7), and Jesper Holmer-Lund (IDHA 11).

We wish all the IDHA 47 students the best of luck with all their work this weekend, and look forward to welcoming another group of IDHA graduates in one week’s time.

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Germany and IOM Commit to Closer Collaboration on 60th Membership Anniversary

Earlier this month the International Organization for Migration (IOM) celebrated the 60th anniversary of their presence in Germany. With the celebration of this momentous anniversary came a recommitment – by IOM and by the German government – to cooperate on matters of emergency humanitarian aid, resettlement, and the voluntary return and reintegration of migrants back to their home countries.
Argentina Szabados (IDHA 2, IDHA Alumni Council Chairperson Emeritus, and Alumni Representative on the CIHC Board of Directors) is the Chief of Mission for IOM Berlin and Special Representative to the Director General of IOM. Since Argentina arrived in Germany just three years ago, Germany’s funding to IOM has increased to almost USD 80 million.
On November 3rd, Argentina co-hosted a 60th anniversary event with the German government to commemorate their partnership. Through meticulous planning and preparation, they were able to bring together nearly 200 guests, including most of the Diplomatic Corps. Congratulations, Tina, on all of your hard work!

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Alumni Update: Argentina Szabados (IDHA Alumni Council Chairperson Emeritus, IDHA 2)

A warm congratulations to Argentina Szabados (IDHA Alumni Council Chairperson Emeritus, IDHA 2), who was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC) as the IDHA Alumni Representative!

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