Oct. 28 - Nov. 11, 2015
On Monday, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Afghanistan, sending tremors to cities across South Asia. The quake resulted in devastation and destruction emanating from the epicenter in northern Afghanistan, and reaching as far as Pakistan, Tajikistan and India. The devastation was felt most significantly in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and government officials from both countries declared emergencies and ordered military units to join the response.

Disaster officials report that over 340 people have died, with at least 245 casualties occurring in neighboring Pakistan. More than 7,000 homes in Afghanistan alone have been damaged or destroyed. Rescue efforts and attempts to gauge the damage and death toll have been severely hindered by aftershocks, landslides, power outages and telecommunications failures.

Security has also proven to be a problem, as the northern part of Afghanistan has long been affected by militant violence including most recently an intense Taliban offensive . Particularly in Afghanistan's eastern and northeastern provinces , the earthquake adds another layer of hardship to families, many of whom are now left homeless with winter soon approaching .

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Patricia C. Aragonés (IDHA 7, HNTC 1) recently joined the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC), partner organization of the IIHA, as a part-time consultant to assist the CIHC with its strategic initiatives and resource development. Welcome to the team, Patricia! Read more about Patricia here.
Imogen Wall (MIHA Lecturer)  recently wrote an article for IRIN, "World: The humanitarian caste system?" in which she explores how current humanitarian aid favors some crises over others. She uses the example of Syria, and what that has meant for their recovery and development.  
Andy McElroy (IDHA 16)  recently authored the article "Cyclone recovery in the Pacific" in which he gives an update of the destruction that Cyclone Pam has caused in Vanuatu and highlights the relevance of the Sendai Framework for current disasters. Andy says one of the main questions everyone is asking is: how do we get local businesses up and running as quickly as possible to jumpstart the economy? This question echoes the important role that the private sector can play in disaster management and recovery. In another article, "Local knowledge reduces fire risk", Andy calls attention to the critical benefits of local and indigenous knowledge in the prevention of wildfires and fire risk management. 
Holly Curtis (IIHA Intern, Summer 2012; IHS Minor, FCRH '13)  is now working as a Community Manager at Girls' Globe, a network of bloggers and organizations working to raise awareness about the rights, health, and empowerment of women and girls around the world. 
Maria Blacque-Belair,  a friend of the IIHA and founder of the Refugee and Immigrant Fund (RIF), was recently featured on a special: Asylum and Immigration  to discuss a recent UNHCR report detailing the increasing amount of refugees globally. RIF attempts to bring a humane approach to dealing with refugee populations in order to remedy the tragic loss of life and dignity that these people are facing. 
Timo Lüege (IDHA 21)  recently posted an article on his blog, Social Media for Good, " Social Media Monitoring in Humanitarian Crises: Lessons Learned from the Nepal Earthquake ," discussing the UN's suggestion to monitor social media posts in Nepal after the earthquake to understand how humanitarian aid was being received by the people who needed it. 
MHCE 11 Course Participants Bishnu, Sarah, Jennifer and Caitlin, participants from Nepal, the USA, Canada and the UK, just before the end ceremony when certificates were given out by Course Directors Larry Hollingworth, Lynne Jones, and Peter Ventevogel.
" Happy reunion in Auckland last week with Bonnie Jackson, with whom I did IDHA 24 in Geneva in 2008!"

- Piwi Ophoff (IDHA 24)
IDHA Alumni Angie Jackson (IDHA 27, IDHA Tutor), Mark Little (IDHA 27, IDHA Tutor, IDHA Alumni Council), Kasia Laskowski (IDHA 40, MIHA) and Suzanne Arnold (IDHA Course Administrator) recently reunited in Cairns, Australia! 
Amman, Jordan

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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. There is also an Executive Summary of the Synthesis Report here.
Monday, November 2, 2015 | 8:00 PM
Written by Trevor Stankiewicz, a recent Cornell University graduate, and in conjunction with Operation Broken Silence, this play takes on a unique perspective of the Darfur Crisis. Journey through the eyes of a college aged American student and his professor as they begin to research and understand the historical and international conflicts in Darfur. This play questions the role of American activism in Darfur and showcases the immense frustration, inaction, and resilience of those involved in different aspects of the crisis.

Location: Cherry Lane Theatre | 38 Commerce Street | New York, NY 10014
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 | 6:00 PM  
Join Fordham University's Center for Religion and Culture and GreenFaith in a partnered event to raise awareness about how environmental degradation and climate change have become closely related to social issues of human rights and dignity. This event will feature three guest speakers: Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, the Archbishop of Tegucigalpa; Jeffery Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University; and Joan Rosenhauer, the Executive Vice President of Catholic Relief Services (CRS). The guest speakers will discuss how humanitarian workers, people of faith, and politicians can respond effectively to issues of environmental devastation and social injustice.  
Location: Fordham University 12th-floor Lounge | E. Gerald Corrigan Conference Center | 113 W. 60th Street | New York, NY 10023
Thursday, November 5, 2015 | 6:00-8:00 PM  

Join the Center for Religion and Media at New York University as they present Theory on the Ground: Religion and spirituality repressing and redeeming the struggles for justice. Listen to a conversation held by three guest speakers, Nyle Fort (Princeton University), Deon Haywood (Women With a Vision) and Josef Sorett (Columbia University) about how religion, race, gender, and sexuality intersect in the battle to resist state violence.  
Location: 20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor | New York, NY 10003
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 | 3:00-5:00 PM 

Attend the Common Good Career and Internship Fair hosted by Fordham University's Office of Career Services to learn more about great opportunities to get involved in the field of non-profit work. View the flyer!

Location: McGinley Ballroom | Fordham University, Rose Hill Campus | Bronx, NY 10458
Thursday, November 5 - Friday, November 6, 2015  
This event, hosted by the Asia Research Institute and the National University of Singapore, will take place in Singapore on November 5th and 6th. The conference will explore the major kinds of disasters that affect Asia and the Pacific, and investigate how such disasters should be managed and governed. Time will be spent investigating new types of technology and power relations that could help deal with these environmental disasters in the future.  
Location: National University of Singapore @ BTC | Asia Research Institute Seminar Room | 469A Tower Block, Level 10, Bukit Timah Road
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
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, November 3, 2015 | 2:00 - 3:15 PM  
Join the Communicating with Disaster Effected Communities Network (CDAC) for a webinar that will bring media development, humanitarian, and technical agencies together to discuss how communication should be monitored between agencies and the people in need of support. Communication is an essential part of providing assistance, but how is can it be done most efficiently and effectively?
Monday, November 9, 2015 | 9:30 - 11:00 AM (GMT)

Join ALNAP for an important webinar discussion to understand more about how national and international aid organizations often work in close proximity to each other, yet without much cooperation or communication. This lack of cooperation can lead to gaps in aid, and conflicts in problem solving. With an increase in the global demand for humanitarian work, this need for cooperation and partnership between aid organizations will become increasingly essential for the future of comprehensive solutions to major issues. Learn more about the benefits of humanitarians working together, and how that can be done best.