December 9, 2015
Dear friends,

The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs was founded at Fordham University in 2001 to act as a bridge between academia and the humanitarian sector. Nearly fifteen years later it continues to fulfill this mission in many ways.

We live in a world beset by violence, ignorance, and despair. The ability to respond to this is compromised by inadequate support or staffing. It is our mission to increase the effectiveness of humanitarian assistance.

In the past month, we concluded our 46th International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance program. Held in Amman, Jordan, it brought together academics and humanitarian actors from that region to explore a better response to the misery caused by conflict, lack of resources, and competing political interests. Partnering with Jesuit Refugee Service in Jordan, we also held our second Education in Emergencies program in early October. Our Mental Health in Complex Emergencies program was held for the first time in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in collaboration with HealthNet TPO, International Medical Corps, and UNHCR. It has been our central strategy from the beginning that we are most effective working as close to affected populations as possible.

Our International Humanitarian Affairs Book Series continues to be used by academics and practitioners the world over, and our recent compendium, History and Hope, brings together the best chapters from the last ten years. We  were proud to work with Ambassador Francis Deng this past year to publish his new book Bound By Conflict: Dilemmas of the Two Sudans. As the most recent addition to the International Humanitarian Affairs Series, the book was widely feted at the United Nations in September and will be part of Fordham University Press' catalog in the Spring.

Our extensive network of partnerships, with both academic and humanitarian organizations, allow us to widen our impact throughout the world.

With humility, we recognize there is still more to do and over the next year, we will continue to work to increase and improve many of our efforts listed above. We are thankful for your support and friendship and wish you the happiest of holiday seasons.

Brendan Cahill (IDHA 9)
IIHA Executive Director
Thank you for participating in CIHC's first-ever online appeal to our alumni and network in over 133 countries.

In connection with preparations for CIHC's 25th anniversary in 2017, a key objective for our #GivingTuesday campaign was to obtain baseline information from which to move forward serving the humanitarian community. Although responses are still coming in, we are grateful for the interest and support received to date: 20% responded in some way and $182 was raised. It has been an informative week and a fruitful beginning! All contributions (whether testimonials, surveys, donations, spreading the word...) are valuable ways to give back. Each helps CIHC raise awareness about (and support for!) all the good work international humanitarian professionals do in the world's many complex emergencies!

Giving back is not limited to one day. So, if you didn't have a chance to participate on Tuesday, please take a few minutes to do so now. Thank you for your continued support!
Paper Deadline: 2/6/16
Noteworthy Articles, Reports, & Resources

Social Cohesion Between Syrian Refugees and Urban Host Communities in Lebanon and Jordan (World Vision)

Ishmeal Alfred Charles (IDHA 40) of the Healey International Relief Foundation recently shared his latest Report from Sierra Leone. In his update, Charles writes about the mixed emotions that accompanied the announcement that Sierra Leone is Ebola free.
Andy McElroy's (IDHA 16) most recent post for the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) "India takes Sendai on board" talks about how India's disaster risk reduction framework will incorporate the Sendai program.  
Matthew Hollingworth (IDHA 1), previously the United Nations World Food Programme's (WFP) Syria Country Director, has now taken a new position as WFP's MENA Deputy Regional Director, and was recently featured in the organization's Zero Hunger Campaign . 
Pau Vidal, S.J. (IDHA 43) recently shared with us a  booklet produced by Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) that features the testimonies of 12 refugees who wrote messages to Pope Francis to mark his first visit to the African continent. The Pope traveled through Kenya, Uganda, and the Central African Republic late this November. One of the major themes of the Pope's pontificate is poverty and the inequalities of globalization, which he addressed during his travels.
Brendan Cahill (IIHA Executive Director, IDHA 9) and Joanna Whitaker (IDHA 15), both graduates of the IDHA Geneva course, find a moment to catch up at the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) 35th Anniversary Awards Dinner in New York.
Please note that this will be the last edition of the IIHA newsletter for 2015. The newsletter will resume its normal publication schedule in January 2016. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year!
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Last week, the IIHA team celebrated the wonderful work of one of its partner organizations, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) , at the JRS 35th Anniversary Awards Dinner in New York! JRS is co-host of the IIHA's Education in Emergencies course and a loyal contributor of students and staff. We wish our heartfelt congratulations to JRS on this important milestone and look forward to many more years of inspiring collaboration to come!

Pictured above: Members of the IIHA NY Team, Ellen Bratina (International Programs Coordinator), Alex van Tulleken, M.D. (Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow, IDHA 16), Brendan Cahill (Executive Director, IDHA 9), & Kasia Laskowski (Program Officer, IDHA 40)
Friday, December 11, 2015 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) will conduct a briefing on migrants and cities intended for representatives from the UN, civil societies, and other organizations to become educated on contemporary issues of migration and how that affects global city populations. There will be opportunities to exchange personal experiences and lessons learned.

Location: United Nations Headquarters, Conference Room 11, New York, NY 10017 
A panel of experts will discuss the legal and humanitarian implications of the changes going on at the Haitian border and establish a platform for action. Co-sponsored by Fordham's Graduate School of Social Service (GSS), the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA), the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, and Social Tap.

RSVP by December 14 to Ms. Pinar Zubaroglu or Ms. Ruth Jean-Marie.

Location: Bateman Room 2-01B, Fordham Law School, 150 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023
Thursday, December 17, 2015| 10:00 AM  
This informal conference will be held by the Inter Agency Standing Committee and will be a briefing omnibus resolution on "Strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations". This briefing will cover the status of the draft and the proposals that have been put forth thus far. Attend the event in person, or dial in.  
Location: United Nations Headquarters, 12th Floor Conference Room, DC2, New York, NY 10017
Friday, April 1 - Monday, April 4, 2016
This two part event will be held from Friday, April 1 to Monday, April 4, 2016 in San Francisco. The first two days will be a Symposium on Geography and Urban Health, jointly organized by the International Society for Urban Health and the Association of American Geographers, and co-sponsored by The International Geospatial Health Research Network and the AAG Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group. Sessions will highlight national and international cross-disciplinary approaches for enhancing collaboration in team science, technology transfer, designs for urban health, and advancing global urban health.  The following two days, the International Conference on Urban Health: Place and Health, is organized by the International Society for Urban Health. This conference will aim to share findings, methodologies, and technologies, and strengthen and create research and education collaborations focusing on the urban environment as an important "place" in population health research, interventions, and policies. Click here for more information on pricing and accommodations, and to submit an abstract to either program. 

Location: Hotel Nikko,  222 Mason Street, San Francisco, California 94102
Monday, December 14, 2015 | 12:45 - 5:00 PM  
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) will hold a symposium to highlight the interconnectedness of migration with development and discuss the implementation of SDG migration related targets. This event will be a lead off for International Migrants Day, which will take place on December 18th of this year.  
Location: Royal Society (Kohn Centre), 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, SW1Y 5AG London, UK
Hosted by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, this briefing will discuss the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) and a report on the Global Consultation that took place from the 14th- 16th of October 2015. Robert Smith, head of the Geneva office for the WHS, and Astrid van Genderen Stort, Chief of the IASC Secretariat, will be leading the discussions. The update will take place in Geneva, New York, and will also be available through dial-in.

Locations and Times:
ERCC, Palais des Nations, Geneva: 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Meeting Room MM2-S33, Secretariat Building, New York
: 10:00 -11:00 AM
Saturday, March 5 - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The World Conference on Humanitarian Studies, "Changing Crises and the Quest for Adequate Solutions," will now take place from March 5-8, 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. While some conflict areas are slowly emerging from crises, Syria, Iraq, Libya, the Central African Republic, Nigeria, South Sudan, the Ukraine and other ongoing crises continue to spur human suffering, displace millions of people, destroy infrastructure and livelihoods, impair local institutions and create increasingly wicked political problems. As the number and diversity of crises continues to increase, local actors, governments, and humanitarian organizations are struggling to understand what is going on and respond to them. At the same time, many other actors, varying from Private Military Security Companies and private foundations to religious groups have entered the fray. The fourth World Conference of Humanitarian Studies aims to deepen our understanding of how and why crises are changing, which actors play a role in them, how this changes the interplay between humanitarian action and other actors and systems, and how this affects the prospects of prevention, preparedness, response and development.

Important dates:
Papers can be submitted until December 25, 2015

Location: Ghion Hotel   | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 
| 9:00 - 10:30 AM (EST) 

The latest installment in ALNAP's urban webinar series will focus on the import a nt role of markets in urban humanitarian response. The webinar will  feature presentation s from the N RC and Oxfam, followed by a Q&A discussion. Alexandre Gachoud, Oxfam's Global Emerge ncy  Food Security & Vulnerable Livelihoods Advisor, will speak on Oxfam's history and approach to market assessment, and what it can bring to urban response. Laura Phelps and Emmeline Saint will present on the NRC's experience conducting Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis (EMMAs), specifically looking at education and youth markets in Jordan and DRC. 
Thursday, December 10, 2015 | 9:15 - 10:45 AM (GMT)

Over the past seven months, Yemen has experienced a civil war that has devastated the already unstable country. It is estimated that 82% of the population is in need of some type of humanitarian assistance. This event, hosted by ODI, will feature panelists to discuss how the situation in Yemen deteriorated so quickly and what there is to be done to alleviate the suffering of the 21 million people in Yemen in need of help.