Summary: The Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University (HPCR) hosts two series of podcasts: The monthly Live Web Seminar Series on Contemporary Challenges to Humanitarian Law and Policy explores a wide range of issues related to IHL. In addition, the Humanitarian Assistance Podcast is aimed at those working in the humanitarian context who are seeking to increase their knowledge of modern issues related to Humanitarian Action.
In this webcast, originally broadcast on April 25, 2013, our expert panel delves into several questions that must be dealt with as humanitarian actors move forward with interventions in violent cities. Panelists include: Dr. Gustavo Fernandez, Medecins Sans Frontiers; Dr. Ronak Patel, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative; and Vicente Raimundo, European Community Humanitarian Office.
In this webcast, originally broadcast on April 11, 2013, our expert panel looks at recent attacks on healthcare workers, as well as the legal, political, and professional dilemmas that this situation presents. Expert panelists include: Pierre Gentile, Head of Project “Health Care in Danger,” International Committee of the Red Cross; Heidi J. Larson, Senior Lecturer, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; and Sanoj Rajon, Associate Director, HPCR.
In this webcast, originally broadcast on March 27, 2013, our expert panel asks the tough questions, including: Do humanitarian organizations have a role to play in influencing how a crisis plays out? What options do humanitarian actors have when they are being instrumentalised for policies of abuse? Expert panelists include: Sir John Holmes, Director, The Ditchley Foundation; Louise Aubin, Deputy Director, UNHCR Division of International Protection; and Roger Nash, Independent Consultant.
A panel of experts, including ICRC President Mr. Peter Maurer, give their perspective on key questions relating to the future of humanitarian action. This event was broadcast live from ICRC headquarters in Geneva. Additional panelists include Erika Feller, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, UNHCR; Fabrice Weissman, Coordinator and Research Director at Fondation MSF; and Jehangir Malik, Director of Islamic Relief UK.
For this live seminar, HPCR brought together experts in order to examine victims’ experiences in Darfur, and to ascertain how international actors can best untangle victims’ complex and sometimes conflicting needs. Panelists included Andrew Cayley, UN Chief International Co-Prosecutor of the ECCC, and Dr. Patrick Vinck, Director of the Program on Vulnerable Populations at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI).
In this webcast, originally broadcast on February 14, 2013, our panel of experts explores how international groups working in disaster risk reduction can engage with local communities and build resilience -- despite weak civil societies or governments reluctant to invest in DRR. Panelists Included: Emmanuel Luna, University of the Philippines-Diliman (UPD); Ali Ardalan, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI); Alejandro López Carresi, Center for Disaster and Emergency Management (CEDEM)
In this webcast, originally broadcast on January 31, 2013, our panel of experts takes a close look at how the needs of a given population during a time of crises are calculated, how this information might be standardized, and how the gathered information might be better shared. Panelists Included: Lars Peter Nissen, Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS); Richard Garfield, Columbia University; and Johan Von Schreeb, Karolinska Institutet.
For the media, 2012 was one of the deadliest years on record. Our expert panel examines why, and how journalist might be better protected. Originally broadcast on January 17, 2013. Joel Simon, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ); Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker; Hedayat Abdel Nabi, Press Emblem Campaign (PEC); Emily Crawford, University of Sydney Law School.
In this webcast, originally broadcast on November 15, 2012, our panel of experts examined the capacity of the current funding system to meet humanitarian needs, the potential of new donor groups to address the challenges to the current funding system, and the potential difficulties with encouraging funding from outside the OECD DAC groups. Panelists included: Tasneem Mowjee (Policy2Practice), Robert Smith (CAP OCHA), and Andrea Binder (Global Public Policy Institute).
In this webcast, our expert panel discusses whether the public or private sector should lead investment in resilience building. We examine the costs and benefits of each approach, and question how the humanitarian and development communities can work with the private sector on DRR while remaining impartial actors. Panelists include: Dan Sparks (Global Humanitarian Assistance Programme), James Crask (PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP), and Simon Levine (Overseas Development Institute).
El Seminario Web en vivo de esta semina examina las tensiones y retos derivados de la aplicación de principios humanitarios en el contexto de violencia urbana. Los Panelistas incluyen a: Elena Lucchi (Consultora internacional en asuntos humanitarios), Rafael Prieto (Profesor de Derecho Internacional Humanitario, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia), y Mauricio Herdocia (Ex-Presidente de la Comisión Jurídica de la Organización de Estados Americanos).
This week's live seminar looks at the tensions and challenges arising out of the application of humanitarian principles in urban violence. Panelists include: David Abrahams, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU); Robert Muggah, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio); Ronak Patel, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI); and Sven Peterke, Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB).
How can early recovery best complement initiatives geared toward promoting peace, stabilization, and recovery from conflict?. Panelists included: Rahul Chandran (UNOCHA), Paul Porteous, BEc LLB, MPA (ANZSOG Institute for Governance), Saqib Lughmani (UNDP Pakistan), and Angela Raven Roberts (Oxford University).
In this week's live seminar, panelists and hosts explored the rise of drone warfare and its implications for humanitarian protection. The discussion was moderated by Claude Bruderlein (Director, HPCR) and Ofilio Mayorga (Junior Legal Associate, HPCR). Guest panelists included Gabor Rona (Human Rights First), Philip Alston (NYU Law), and Monica Hakimi (Michigan Law).
Despite improvements in the coordination and delivery of humanitarian assistance in recent decades, armed conflict remains a leading public health concern. Panelists included: Johan von Schreeb (Karolinska Institutet), Michael Van Rooyen (Harvard Humanitarian Initiative), and Enrique Steiger (SwissCross).