Nov. 25  - Dec. 9, 2015
The world now faces the largest displacement crisis ever to be recorded, with almost 60 million people forcibly displaced at the end of 2014. For Europe and the United Kingdom, the migration crisis has confronted the region at its shores, and nowhere is this more evident in mainland Europe than in the migrant and refugee encampments of Calais, better known as "the Jungle". Calais, a port city in northern France, has become a transitory home for migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers trying to enter the United Kingdom. The site has been the locus of ongoing tensions between French authorities and migrant and refugee populations since 2002 when the official Red Cross reception center for migrants was closed due to overcrowding.

The collection of informal settlements known as the Jungle developed soon after as a staging post for those attempting entry into the UK, but the camps have now become semi-permanent dwelling places due to the dangers of border crossing and lack of other viable options for settlement. The camps are marked by makeshift tents, overcrowding, and a lack of basic needs and services - squalid conditions that will only deteriorate further if nothing is done to address the situation, especially as the number of inhabitants continues to grow. The population of displaced who inhabit Calais has more than quadrupled since September 2014, now numbering between 6,000 - 7,000 individuals.

Dr. Lynne Jones, Co-Director of the IIHA Mental Health in Complex Emergencies (MHCE) course, recently volunteered in Calais with Help Calais, a crowd funding platform that has already raised more than £60,000 to help various projects in the camps. In her Jungle Diary on Calaid-ipedia, Lynne shares about her experience and discusses the misconceptions about the camps' inhabitants, challenges for humanitarian response, and opportunities that live within the communities that are forming. Read more...
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Noteworthy Articles, Reports, & Resources

Afghanistan: Humanitarianism in Uncertain Times (Feinstein Center, Tufts University)

Tuesday, December 1, is #GivingTuesday. In its fourth year, it is a global day of giving based on values of service and giving back. As humanitarian professionals you are often on the frontlines giving your best to those in need in the many complex emergencies around the world. Next Tuesday, we will invite you by email to help us raise awareness of (and support for!) all the good work you do. One way to participate:
  • Post to our social media platforms a picture of you or a colleague at work:
Facebook: #GivingTuesday and tag  CIHC and IIHA 

Twitter: #GivingTuesday and tag @IIHA_Fordham 

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Stay tuned for #GivingTuesday when we share more options for you to get involved!
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, are used more and more in various fields for imagery, transport and other purposes. Humanitarian organizations, but also actors not traditionally involved in humanitarian action, have started to use these tools in humanitarian settings as well. Hopes are high that drones will strongly improve humanitarians' capacity to assess needs, monitor changes on the ground and even to deliver relief items. At the same time, critics voice their skepticism regarding the actual usefulness of drones in humanitarian settings.

The Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD) is conducting a survey to understand the current perception and the level of experience on the use of drones by staff from organizations involved with humanitarian aid or civil protection. It is part of a project run by FSD, CartONG, UAViators and Zoi Environment Network with funding from DG ECHO. Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey to help get a better idea about how humanitarians feel about drone programs. No experience with drones is needed to complete the survey, and the participation of humanitarian professionals without any prior experience of drones is encouraged and will contribute to the survey results.

For more information, view our recent blog post.
Andy McElroy (IDHA 16) recently published two articles for the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). His first, "Asia moves to implement Sendai Framework " speaks about  how India has recently praised the Sendai Framework for its ability to transform a country's disaster response from "relief-centered" work to disaster and prevention management. His second article, " Indian DRR champion to lead on 'inclusive Sendai' " focuses on how a senior member of the Government of India has been recognized as a champion for disaster risk reduction. 
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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 

Discussion: Refugee Crisis at the Haitian Border
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 | 6:00 PM

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 the Leitner Center, the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs, the Graduate School of Social Service, and and Social Tap. For complete details, contact Marciana Popescu at .

Location: Bateman Room, Fordham Law School, 150 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023
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
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
Thursday, November 26, 2015 
| 2:30 PM (GMT) 

Join the Urban Refugee Task Team for the ninth in a series of urban webinars on Thursday, November 26th. This webinar will introduce profiling as a collaborative approach to analyzing and understanding displacement situations. T he Joint IDP Profiling Service will present on the role of displacement profiling in urban areas, and will use a recent profiling exercise of Hargeisa, an urban area of Somaliland, to present lessons learned and good practices. The webinar will culminate with recommendations on how profiling can be used to improve responses to urban displacement. To join the webinar on WebEx, please click here
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 
| 10:00 AM (EST) 

Join Ivan Kent of HelpAge International and Sarah Collinson of the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute as they discuss the recently published Minimum Standards for Age and Disability Inclusion in Humanitarian Action. This hour-long webinar, the first of six on age and disability inclusion in humanitarian action, will be moderated by Frances Stevenson, head of HelpAge's humanitarian team. Participants can expect to learn what the Minimum Standards for Age and Disability Inclusion are, how to use them, and how they link with other standards in the humanitarian sector. Those interested must create an account through in order to view more details and to participate.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 
| 9:00 AM - 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.