September 22, 2016
As the world gets smaller ( see Alumni Reunions and Updates below! ), the  International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA)  family continues to grow. This past June witnessed the graduation of  more than 40 aid professionals  from the program, and by word of mouth, qualified candidates are already beginning to submit their applications for courses months away. In February 2017, the IDHA will be held for the  first time ever in Nepal . A few months later in June 2017, the IDHA will return to Fordham University in New York to  celebrate the milestone of its 50th course Read the full post on our blog!
The IIHA hosted the second cohort of  Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA) Erasmus Mundus students at Fordham University during the summer session from mid-June till mid-August. IIHA Executive Director, Brendan Cahill (IDHA 9), welcomed the seven students from three European universities: Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany (Meryem Alci, Tatjana Bojarski and Malte Neuser), University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain (Daniela Brum da Silva Nieves and Guillermo Barros), University College Dublin in Ireland (Sara Bojö) and University of Groningen in the Netherlands (Hawa Kombian). IIHA Research Fellow,  Rene Desiderio, Ph.D., served as Academic Advisor of the students. Read the full post!
The IIHA is proud to announce the graduation of  Gianluigi Lopes (IDHA 37) from Fordham University's  Master's in International Humanitarian Action (MIHA) Program! Gianluigi's  thesis, "Embraced by the locals: Perception and acceptance of foreign aid," examines the evolving impediments faced by international humanitarian agencies in their attempts to provide assistance to populations in need. Gianluigi is currently working for the Italian Red Cross as Head of Delegation in the Occupied Territories in Ramallah, Palestine and is in charge for the operations in the MENA area. Read the full post!
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Noteworthy Articles, Reports, & Resources
IIHA International Programs Specialist,  Suzanne Arnold  recently caught up with Mark Szabó (IDHA 42) Dávid Gál (IDHA 34, MIHA) Anna Szenczy (IDHA 45, MIHA) , and  Sándor Horváth (IDHA 47)  at the Hungarian Baptist Aid offices in Budapest. Over the summer, Suzanne also reunited with    several IDHA 47 participants including  Tatiana Aspinwall Radhika Shah Ellen Lesh , and   Cindy Coffman . Read the post!
As the Olympics once again claimed its summer presence in media outlets across the globe, Daniela Traldi (IDHA 40) authored two articles for the BBC about the prevailing spirit of the Olympics amidst a challenging time for its host country, Brazil, and the strong bond among women athletes as seen through the social media accounts of star athletes.
After four years with Word Vision UK,  Nick Clarke (IDHA 27) recently commenced a new role with ACT Alliance  as Head of Strategy and Partnerships in Geneva. Nick is very happy to hear from you and can be contacted by email
After four months leading a team for the UNHCR Communicating with Communities Team in Greece,  Timo Lüege (IDHA 21) is back in Berlin. In his most recent blog posts, Timo talks about why refugees need smartphones , highlights the widespread use and increasing potential of Whatsapp , and reviews and tests  SMS platforms  and influencer outreach platforms  to determine the best platforms for communication and outreach in humanitarian response.
"I'm just back in Bangkok with finally a little time to digest an amazing mission to Afghanistan with IOM. The arid beauty of the land and the wonderful welcome of its people are the top takeaways, but so were the 'small world' coincidences." -Joe Lowry (IDHA 12) writes about his latest mission in his blog.
Fausto Aarya De Santis (IDHA 44, IDHA Tutor) recently co-authored a paper on enhancing community engagement within situations of armed conflict, which was released by the Community Engagement Working Group in Yemen. View the infographic!
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The  Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN) , of which Fordham is a Founding Member, will be holding its 5th Bi-annual Student Leadership Conference: "Principles in Crisis: Refugees and Responsibility" from June 27 - 29, 2017. JUHAN  invites research paper, advocacy, and panel discussion proposals  on topics substantively related to humanitarian relief, and especially welcomes proposals on subjects addressing this year's theme. Proposals can be submitted via the website beginning October 15, 2016 through February 28, 2017. Registration for students, faculty/staff, and community members who wish to attend the conference will also begin the same day. For additional details and contact information, please view  the flyer  or visit the  conference website .
Summer was a busy time for  High Tech Humanitarians (HTH) with the development of new  projects and establishment of new partnerships. HTH engaged many interlocutors in the U.S. and abroad, reaching out to humanitarian innovation hubs as far as Nepal. HTH fields of intervention currently focus on blockchain technology for resilient public health systems and humanitarian financing, and Internet of Things hardware for early warning in flood-prone areas. Read the full update and view the Open Tool of the month!
Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Recruitment Sessions

Thursday, September 22, 2016 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM 
Location: Sunnyside Community Services 43-31 | 39th Street | Sunnyside, NY 11104

Thursday, September 29, 2016 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM 
Location: Doctors Without Borders | 333 7th Avenue | 3rd Floor | New York, NY 10001
Forced From Home "Behind the Scenes" Tour
Sunday, September 25, 2016 | 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Presented by Doctors Without Borders, Forced From Home is a free interactive exhibition designed to raise public awareness of the world's 60 million refugees. With an experienced Doctors Without Borders aid worker as your guide, you'll see, hear, and interact with images, stories, and materials gathered from refugee camps, rescue missions, and emergency medical projects around the world. If you want to gain a deeper understanding of how MSF staff work "behind the scenes" to provide aid to refugees around the world, register for this tour. Forced From Home is free, fully accessible, and open to the public. 

Location: Battery Park City Esplanade | New York, NY 
United Nations Career Discovery Event
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | 12:00 - 2:00 PM

Join Fordham University Career Services and the Office of International Services as John Ericson, the Chief Outreach Officer at UN Human Resources, speaks about job & internship opportunities at one of the most sought-after organizations! The event will include a Q&A session and a presentation by Kelly Roberts, Assistant Director of the Office for International Services, on how students can get involved through Fordham's UN DPI NGO status.  Students of all schools, majors, and years are welcome to attend.

Location: 12th Floor Lounge | Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus | 113 W. 60th Street | New York, NY 10023
Thursday, October 6, 2016 | 7:30 - 9:00 PM

Join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for a free panel discussion at the National Geographic Grosvenor Auditorium in Washington, DC, on the challenges and dangers facing displaced people in Central America. Nearly 300,000 Central Americans enter Mexico every year, many fleeing extreme gang violence in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. In search of safer surroundings for their families and a life free of fear, they undertake a difficult, perilous journey north often accompanied by the same threats - theft, kidnapping, assault, rape, murder- that they fled in the first place. These men, women, and children are often characterized as migrants, but if they returned home, they might well be killed. Should they be called migrants, then? Or are they really refugees and asylum-seekers? In a discussion moderated by Margaret Brennan of CBS News, MSF-USA executive director Jason Cone, MSF aid worker Sue Averill, MSF Latin America program manager Mark Bosch, and Central American expert Mary Speck, will address these and many other questions, calling on their expertise and experience in the region to flesh out a reality far more complex than is often conveyed. A Q&A will follow the discussion.

Location: National Geographic Grosvenor Auditorium | 1600 M Street, NW | Washington, DC | 20036
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 | 8:00 PM

Several of America's most popular musical acts are coming together for a multi-stop concert tour this fall to raise awareness of the unprecedented worldwide refugee crisis. Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees will feature Grammy Award-winning artists Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, and The Milk Carton Kids. The concerts will be intimate evenings of acoustic performances benefiting Jesuit Refugee Service's  Global Education Initiative. The Lampedusa tour helps displaced people heal, learn, and thrive by providing educational opportunities for refugees living in camps and urban settings in 45 countries. 

Location: The Town Hall | 123 W. 43rd Street | New York, NY  10036
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 | 7:30 - 9:00 PM  

Join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for a free panel discussion at the Old South Meeting House in Boston that will take an in-depth look at the unique and often life-threatening health challenges facing the world's 65 million displaced people. For decades, MSF has treated displaced people along every stage of their journeys - in their home countries, along the routes they traverse, and in refugee camps and other destinations-paying special attention to the specific health risks in the chaotic, overcrowded, and uncertain circumstances they must endure. But now, when there are more displaced people in the world than there have been since World War II-many of whom arrive with chronic conditions, many who are trying to survive outside of established refugee camp settings-MSF has had to find new ways to address the medical issues of people on the move. A panel of experienced aid workers will share their stories of treating people in these precarious circumstances and discuss the particular challenges facing people who have been, through no fault of their own, forced from home. Presented in collaboration with Old South Meeting House as a Partners in Public Dialogue Program. A Q&A will follow the discussion.  

Location: Old South Meeting House | 310 Washington Street | Boston, MA | 02108 
Friday, April 7 - Sunday, April 9, 2017

Registration is now open for abstract admissions, panel proposals, and award nominations! Join more than 1,700 global health faculty, student, implementers and leaders from over 50 countries to explore the latest in global health, planetary health, and the role universities play in addressing global health challenges. Topic highlights include: Governance & Political Decision-making, Health Systems & Human Resources, Infectious Diseases Old & New, Implications for Global Health, NCDs and Social Determinants of Health, Planetary Health, Women's Health is Global Health and Issues Across the Lifespan

Location: Washington, D.C.
Saturday, April 22 - Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale, is the world's leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,000 professionals and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries. This must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, changemakers, professionals and students from all sectors of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.

Yale University | New Haven, Connecticut
Monday, October 3 | 2:00 - 3:30 PM (EST)

Join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for a free webcast in which journalists, photojournalists, and MSF representatives will talk about telling the stories of people who've been forced from home in the largest displacement crisis the world has known since World War II. How do they convey the scope and scale of the current refugee crisis to the American public? How do they try to tell individual stories when the overall numbers-65 million displaced globally-are so daunting? Whether they're covering people in France or South Sudan, the Central African Republic or Syria, Ukraine or Burundi, these are the questions they must confront when trying to get people to pay attention.
Friday, October 7, 2016 | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EDT)

From public debates over aid budgets to the World Humanitarian Summit 's focus on finance reform, there is a rising interest in demonstrating that humanitarian funds are being allocated effectively and efficiently. While the overarching goal of humanitarian assistance is to allocate funding according to need, in order to make a good job of this, humanitarian donors need evidence on needs, context, and the cost, quality and effectiveness of different intervention types.

This webinar will look at how evidence is used in donor decision making and priority setting, and the approaches that some donors have taken to improve the use of evidence in their funding allocations. What questions are donors seeking to answer when deciding how to allocate funds and set spending priorities? What tools are they using to do this in an evidence-driven way? Why is there such an interest in randomized control trials? Join us and our presenters to discuss this and more.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 7:30 - 9:00 PM (EST)

Join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for a webcast from Pittsburgh's Carnegie Library Lecture Hall that will address the pressing issues of refugee resettlement in the U.S. and around the world. At a time where there are more displaced people in the world than there have been since World War II, the resettlement burden falls most heavily on the nations immediately surrounding the worst war zones on the planet. That has meant that the wealthiest nations have taken in far fewer people than countries with a fraction of the resources. Too often, the conversation around refugee issues is reduced to overly simplistic, dehumanizing rhetoric. But what resettlement actually means-the logistics, the duration of the process, the struggles of those who are resettled-gets lost. To discuss the realities and challenges of resettlement, the director of refugee resettlement for Pittsburgh's Northern Area Multi Service Agency joins MSF-USA executive director Jason Cone, and Sue Johnston, a veteran MSF aid worker who worked with displaced people in the field and resettled refugees in the US. They will discuss the connections between MSF's work in field and the people who've been resettled in the Pittsburgh area, issues mirrored in other communities throughout the US.