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A space for dialogue about current humanitarian dilemmas.




The Future of Humanitarian Protection: Keynote Address by Yves Daccord

The protection of populations affected or threatened by conflict and natural disasters is a critical component of humanitarian action. Challenges of ensuring protection are notably complex, touching on myriad intersecting issues including international legal norms, frontline humanitarian negotiation, gender, and the migration patterns of vulnerable populations. In this episode of the Humanitarian Assistance Podcast, Yves Daccord, the Director General of the International Committee of the...


Responding to the 2018 Ebola Outbreak: Challenges and Opportunities

On August 1, 2018 the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ministry of Health announced the 10th Ebola virus outbreak since 1976 had been confirmed in the country’s North Kivu Province. Senior Director of Emergency Health at the International Rescue Committee, Michelle Gayer, noted this outbreak has, “the potential to be the worst ever seen in East Africa—and risks being an encore of history we simply cannot afford.” Health workers face a number of challenges delivering medical and...


Practitioner Profile | Wendy Betts

In this episode, we speak with Wendy Betts, Director of the EyeWitness to Atrocities project of the International Bar Association. With growing concerns about impunity for atrocities and other violations of international law in conflict and emergency settings around the world, EyeWitness helping to bring perpetrators of atrocities to justice. The mobile camera app tool can be used to capture verifiable photos or videos related to international atrocity crimes. The tool also captures the...


Practitioner Profile | Timothy B. Erickson

In light of recent international negotiations over nuclear disarmament and efforts to respond to the use of chemical and poisonous weapons, we sit down with Dr. Erickson to discuss the health and environmental impacts of conflict and emergencies. Dr. Timothy B. Erickson is an emergency medicine physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston where he serves as the Chief of Medical Toxicology in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and a faculty member at the Harvard Humanitarian...


Humanitarian Disarmament

From the campaign to ban landmines to cluster munitions to the prohibition of nuclear weapons, advocates of humanitarian disarmament have sought to ban or restrict the use of certain indiscriminate and inhumane weapons to reduce civilian harm and suffering in conflict. In this episode, we’ll speak with leading experts and practitioners in the humanitarian disarmament movement. We’ll discuss the humanitarian approach to disarmament, and lessons from particular campaigns, including the Nobel...


Yemen's Humanitarian Crisis: Conflict, Cholera, and International Response

Yemen has become, according to the United Nations and World Health Organization, the largest humanitarian crisis in the world. Nearly 12 million people are in need of assistance and in 2017, the worst cholera outbreak in recent history affected an estimated 1 million people. The outbreak, though now controlled, and other infectious diseases combine with famine, malnutrition, and the collapse of the country’s water and sanitation sector to threaten millions, while aid access is blocked and...


Practitioner Profile: Maciej Polkowski

In this episode, we interview Maciej Polkowski, Head of the Health Care in Danger Initiative based in Geneva. Health Care in Danger (HCID) is an initiative of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement aimed at addressing the issue of violence against patients, health workers, medical facilities, and vehicles, and ensuring safe access to and delivery of health care in armed conflict and other emergencies.


Sexual Violence as a Weapon of War in Syria

In this podcast, we speak with leading experts and practitioners about the strategic use sexual violence was a weapon of war in Syria. We’ll discuss the how sexual violence has been used against women, girls, boys and men in Syria by government forces and armed groups, and what impact it has had on survivors, and their families and communities. We’ll also discuss how humanitarian actors can better assist survivors inside Syria and in situations of displacement, how perpetrators can be held...


Practitioner Profile: Promundo's Brian Heilman

In this episode Meredith Blake interviews Brian Heilman, a senior research officer at Promundo, whose work focuses on eliminating harmful masculine norms, preventing all forms of gender-based violence, and achieving broader gender equality and social justice both in the United States and globally. Brian is the co-author of the 2017 State of the World's Fathers and 2016 State of America's Fathers reports, the lead author of The Man Box study on harmful effects of rigid mascuoline norms in the...


International Women's Day Profile: Humanitarian Women's Network

If the audio player above does not load, you can listen to the podcast here. In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re speaking to women all over the world who are working to advance equality for women and girls. In this episode, we speak with the founders of the Humanitarian Women’s Network, a 4200-member and growing, global network of professional women working in the aid and development sector. Elisabeth Faure, Rosalia Gitau, Capucine de Fouchier, Anika Kristic, and Sabina Robillard...


Practitioner Profile: Tara Cookson and Lorena Fuentes

In honor of International Women’s Day, ATHA is speaking to women all over the world who work to advance equality for women and girls. In this episode, we speak with the founders of Ladysmith, a feminist venture for gender equality. Guided by the principle “no research about us, without us,” Ladysmith helps international development organizations produce, analyze and take action on gender data.


Practitioner Profile: Isabelle Arradon

In honor of International Women’s Day, ATHA is speaking to women all over the world who work to advance equality for women and girls. In this episode, we speak with Isabelle Arradon, the Director of Research and a Special Advisor on Gender at the International Crisis Group’s headquarters in Brussels.


Engaging Men to Advance Gender Equality

Since the passage of UNSC Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) in October 2000, gender mainstreaming in humanitarian programming has highlighted not only the differential impacts of war and crisis on women, but also the important contributions women make to conflict resolution and the long-term sustainability of peace agreements. In a panel conversation with experts and practitioners, this podcast will explore how men can work as allies to advance gender equality in...


Yemen’s Cholera Crisis (Part II): Updates on Health and Education

Earlier this year, Yemen faced the worst cholera outbreak in recent history, affecting an estimated 1 million people. Although the cholera crisis has been largely contained, new challenges continue to emerge. Over the past months, Yemen has faced a blockade cutting off much-needed commercial and humanitarian access to the country, which has also been hit by increased Saudi-led airstrikes and a recent outbreak of diphtheria. Following up on our previous podcast discussion on the cholera...


Resettling Syrian Refugees: The Intersection of Rehabilitation and Protection

Since the beginning of the Syrian Civil War in 2011, the neighboring countries of Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan have collectively absorbed approximately 5 million registered refugees--not counting the untold numbers who remain unregistered. As their displacement becomes increasingly protracted and the crisis shows no signs of abating, humanitarians have highlighted the increasing need to shift focus to social cohesion and rehabilitation efforts with an eye toward long-term development. In a...


Practitioner Profiles: Sawsan Samara and Joel Hernandez

In this episode, ATHA's Meredith Blake speaks with Sawsan Samara and Joel Hernandez about their time working for the Elpida Home for Refugees in Thessaloniki, Greece.


Yemen’s Cholera Crisis: Fighting Disease During Armed Conflict

Yemen currently faces the “world’s worst cholera outbreak in the midst of the world’s largest humanitarian crisis,” according to a joint statement issued by UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in July 2017. In light of this multidimensional humanitarian crisis, this podcast will bring together medical experts and humanitarian practitioners to discuss the epidemiological implications and medical treatment of Yemen’s cholera epidemic amidst an active...


Practitioner Pathways: Establishing a Career in the Humanitarian Sector

Despite the significant growth of the humanitarian sector in recent years - now employing over 250,000 professionals - practitioners often express concerns over the lack of clarity, predictability or support in establishing and maintaining a humanitarian career. In conversations with experts, trainers and practitioners, this podcast will explore humanitarian education and professionalization, pathways into the field, and opportunities for professional growth within the humanitarian sector.


"Serious" Games: Innovative Learning in the Humanitarian Sector

In light of the important role that such efforts have come to play in the humanitarian sector’s education and training initiatives, this podcast focuses on the objectives, design, and impact of these innovative pedagogical tools. Through a conversation with experts involved in studying, developing, and implementing a wide array of game-based modes of education and training, this podcast will examine several questions. Speakers: Clark Abt, Adjunct Professor of Energy & Sustainable...


Famine and Conflict: The Unfolding Food Security Crisis

In this episode of the podcast, we look to explore how the risk, and reality, of famine has come about in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, and Northeastern Nigeria. This podcast will also assess what is needed in the immediate term, as well as the areas of policy development and implementation needed to address global food insecurity. Speakers: Suresh Babu, Head of Capacity Strengthening, International Food Policy Research Institute; Conor Phillips, Country Director, International Rescue...