Nov. 11 - 25, 2015
Sunday, November 1st, marked the opening of the 46th International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) - the first IDHA ever to be held in Amman, Jordan. The course welcomed 20 students from 14 countries, working with 12 different organizations. Reflecting on the importance of the new course venue, Course Director Larry Hollingworth , C.B.E. stated:

"We have achieved our aim. The majority of the participants on the course are from the region - which is one of the most troubled in the world. They are sharing with us real time dramatic and stark events which reinforce the purpose of the core of our course - to produce an urgent 'hands on' response."

The course welcomed back many members of the IIHA family including Tony Land, Ph.D. (IIHA Senior Fellow), Gonzalo Sánchez-Terán (IDHA 16, CIHC Deputy Humanitarian Programs Director), and Sadig Elamin (IDHA 21) who resumed their roles as IDHA Tutors, and are equally grateful to be part of the inaugural Amman IDHA. Pamela Lupton-Bowers led the participants through her signature teambuilding and leadership exercises, with all three syndicates emerging victorious from the egg-drop.

IDHA 46 also benefited from the expertise of Tina Szabados (IDHA 2, IDHA Alumni Council Chairperson Emeritus, CIHC Board Member) who delivered incredibly pertinent lectures on Migration, Counter-Trafficking, and the European Migrant Crisis. Lejla Hrasnica (IDHA 2, IDHA Alumni Council Chairperson) and Merit Hietanen (IDHA 43) have been frequent visitors, and have been instrumental in the course's organization.
IDHA 46 participants and staff have also been able to enjoy Jordan outside of the classroom. After the completion of the first syndicate presentations, the group took a cultural tour of Amman, visiting the Amman Citadel, the Roman Amphitheater, and the King Abdullah I Mosque. Participants and staff look forward to the weeks ahead, which will be without a doubt filled with challenges, but also learning moments and relationships that will last far beyond the graduation ceremony. Happy IDHA!
One year ago today a tireless advocate for those in the humanitarian field and the people for whom they served passed away. Joan Durcan, long-time assistant to Dr. Kevin Cahill, was known and loved by countless aid professionals the world over.
The Joan Durcan Scholarship Fund (JDSF) was established last year to honor her legacy of service. JDSF provides financial support to mid-career humanitarian aid professionals attending the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA). As many of you know first-hand from having taken the IDHA, it is an intensive, multidisciplinary, 4-week residential training program offered three times a year around the world that provides the knowledge and skills needed to respond more effectively to the world's increasingly complex humanitarian crises.

Thanks to the generosity of contributors to the JDSF and other supporters, the IDHA is being made available to a growing number of deserving aid professionals from the Global South. Learn more! 
The IIHA is delighted to announce the latest release in the International Humanitarian Affairs (IHA) Book Series published by Fordham University Press, Bound by Conflict: Dilemmas of the Two Sudans. The new book, authored by CIHC Board Member Francis M. Deng, and including a forward by CIHC President, Kevin Cahill, M.D., offers a critique of the tendency to seek isolated solutions for the conflicts plaguing the countries of Sudan and South Sudan. The book emphasizes the interconnectedness of the two Sudans and the need to resolve conflicts within and between countries, in order to achieve any form of lasting peace, security and stability. Learn more!
Dave Tarantino, M.D., MPH (IDHA 27),  has started a new position at International Medical Corps (IMC) in Washington, D.C. as S enior Physician, Medical Planning and Preparedness. He will be working to strengthen IMC's domestic and international humanitarian assistance and disaster preparedness and response efforts. 
Timo Luege (IDHA 21) recently posted an article, "Which Social Media Monitoring Tool is Right for You?" on his blog Social Media for Good. Read his article to understand which type of social media monitoring and analysis tool is most efficient and effective for you and your organization.
Audu Kadiri (IDHA 45) is now working as Care Manager for Apicha Community Health Center. In a recent post on the Facebook Page of the Refugee and Immigrant Fund (RiF), Audu thanks RiF for its support and guidance along the way: "Thank you RIF for my success so far! Since I started the RiF Urban Farm project, I have achieved so much with your support: a diploma in humanitarian assistance from the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham University (IDHA45), and now a great job as Care Manager for the community health center, Apicha."

Mukesh Singh
and Nick Jones
of IDHA 44 recently met up in Kathmandu, Nepal!
Andy McElroy (IDHA 16) recently posted a multitude of articles featured by UNISDR: "El Nino threat to the Pacific" focusing on the rising concerns of El Nino on the Pacific this year, "Pacific moves on targets and indicators" discussing the Disaster Resilience Meeting and its findings, "Sendai 'groundbreaking' on inclusion" emphasizing the revolutionary influence of the Sendai Framework on the inclusion of people living with disabilities, "Vanuatu Builds Resilience" highlighting the recovery and relief efforts being implemented after the recent destruction of Hurricane Pam, "Resilience two metres above sea-level" featuring the island nation of Tokelau and the troubles that it faces in being so isolated, and "Cook Islands' online menu for resilience" reporting on how the Cook Islands have found success in an increased disaster risk response effort.
JAN. 31 - FEB. 26

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As part of the roll out process for the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Guidelines, the inter-agency reference group has created a brief survey aimed at generating baseline data regarding existing levels of knowledge, attitude & practices to address GBV in humanitarian action across all sectors and at all levels. Take the 15 minute survey, it will be available until November 20th!
The UN Secretary-General will convene the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul in 2016. This three-year initiative is being managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The WHS aims to find new ways to address humanitarian needs in our fast-changing world and to bring the global community together to commit to new ways of working together to save lives and reduce hardship around the globe. Since the WHS was first announced in September 2013,  a global consultation process has taken place involving 23,000 people in 151 countries. The WHS recently published a Synthesis Report, "Restoring Humanity: Global Voices Calling for Action", which summarizes the outcomes of the consultation process and proposes 5 Action Areas to transform humanitarian action. Read the Executive Summary of the Synthesis Report here. The culmination of the 18th month global consultation process was the Global Consultation Meeting, held in Geneva in October. The meeting brought together 1,194 people representing 153 countries from a variety of different government and local officials, UN and ICRC offices, and NGO and international organization workers. Read the Co-chairs' summary of the meeting here.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 | 12:10-1:10 pm

Join Rami Shehadeh , UN Department Of Political Affairs, for an in depth discussion about the current crisis in Syria. Rami is a Senior Advisor and Syria Team Leader at the United Nations Department of Political Affairs and has an extensive amount of knowledge about what is going on in Syria and what needs to be done.

Location: Jerome Greene Hall Room 105, Columbia University Law School, 435 West 116th Street,
New York, NY 10027
Thursday, November 12, 2015 | 7:00-9:00 PM  

Join NY+Acumen and Fordham University for an event to understand how technology can be used to transform the way that humanitarian aid is given. Three established speakers, Sasha Dichter, Jake Porway, and Samuel Sia will give talks on how innovation and technology can help in collecting accurate data, and aid in communication for humanitarian responses.  
Location: Fordham Law School, Lincoln Center Campus , 150 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023
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: Conference Room 11, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY 10017 

Wednesday, November 18 - Friday, November 20, 2015

The 7th annual Conference on Health and Humanitarian Logistics will be hosted by the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) at the University of Pretoria and co-organized by the Georgia Tech Center for Health & Humanitarian Systems (HHS), the INSEAD Humanitarian Research Group, the MIT Humanitarian Response Lab and Northeastern University. The conference features plenary panels, and interactive workshops on a variety of topics related to supply chain management and logistics in global health, humanitarian response, and development. The program also includes poster sessions and ample opportunities for networking. Further details on the conference agenda, theme and discussion topics will be available soon.

Location: Gordon Institute of Business Science | Sandton, South Africa
Wednesday, November 18 - Thursday, November 19, 2015  

Aidex is a leading international event for aid and development professionals. The two day conference held in Brussels, Belgium will provide an opportunity for organizations to raise awareness about their work, and provide networking for other professionals to become involved and discuss their own work. The goal is to find new solutions to increase efficiency of existing aid programs.

Location: Brussels, Belgium 
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