“Klimaendringer tar liv”. Frokostmøte 4. november 2019 på Tøyen i Oslo

Leger Uten Grenser inviterer til frokostmøte.

Klimaendringer tar liv

Tid: Mandag 4. november kl. 09:00 – 11:00

Sted: Skatten, Hagegata 22 – 24 på Tøyen

Vi samler feltarbeidere, politikere, miljø- og helseeksperter til paneldebatt: Hvordan skal vi behandle de globale helsekonsekvensene av klimaendringene? 

Klimaendringer utgjør kanskje den største trusselen mot fremtidens globale helse. Det er grunn til å frykte flere humanitære kriser: Kraftigere sykloner, flom, hetebølger og tørke vil ramme stadig flere og drive millioner på flukt. Dårlig matsikkerhet og vannmangel kan bidra til å destabilisere hele regioner. Underernæring og infeksjonssykdommer som diare, malaria og denguefeber vil øke og true fremgangen for grunnleggende globale helsemål. Konsekvensene for liv og helse vil være store og alvorlige.
 
Den rikeste delen av verden står bak de største utslippene, den fattigste – med dårligst tilgang på helsetjenester – rammes hardest av dem. Det skaper flere pasienter det blir vanskeligere å nå. Leger Uten Grenser er tilstede i mange av områdene som er mest utsatt, og ser allerede konsekvensene på nært hold. 

  • Hvordan kan vi skape økt forståelse for sammenhengen mellom klimaendringer og helse?
  • Hvordan kan Norge bidra til å gjøre sårbare land bedre rustet til å møte helseutfordringene knyttet til klimaendringer?
  • Hva kan frivillige organisasjoner som Leger Uten Grensers rolle være i dette arbeidet?

Program

09:00 – Kaffe & rundstykker

09:15 – Velkomst og introduksjon ved debattleder Eirik Bergesen

Paneldeltakere:

  • Espen Barth Eide
    Stortingsrepresentant, Arbeiderpartiet
  • Frederic Hauge 
    Leder, Bellona
  • Karine Nordstrand
    Lege og president i Leger Uten Grenser
  • Ernst Kristian Rødland

Postdoktor Avdeling for samfunnsmedisin og global helse, UIO

  • Høyre : TBA

Innspill fra salen og spørsmål

Debatten vil foregå på norsk.

Møte er åpent for presse.

Påmelding: Send mail til reception@legerutengrenser.no og oppgi navn og organisasjon/institusjon du er tilknyttet. Påmeldingsfrist: 25. oktober.

Begrenset antall plasser.   

Joint Special Issue of Disasters and Development Policy Review on Technology

A joint special issue of Disasters and Development Policy Review discusses the role of technology both in disasters and in development contexts more broadly. The special issue is a compilation of articles on the topic previously published in one of the two journals, and it features contributions from several NCHS associates. The articles in this issue will be free to access until the end of April 2020, and the special issue can be accessed here.

In their paper Rethinking Access: How Humanitarian Technology Governance Blurs Control and Care by Katja Lindskov Jacobsen and Larissa Fast the role of digital technology in humanitarian governance is examined. The article looks at the governance of technologies and the digitalized data they produce, before tying such insights into the much-debated humanitarian access challenge. The article concludes that in a digital age, access is no longer only about gaining access to vulnerable populations, but also about preventing access to vulnerable digital bodies.  Read the article in full here.

In her article Control or Rescue at Sea? Aims and Limits of Border Surveillance Technologies in the Mediterranean Sea, Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert seeks to understand what surveillance technologies can and cannot do vis-à-vis the roles they were assigned. The article argues that surveillance of migration in the Mediterranean Sea does not equal actual control as it is limited in its ability to stop, sort or reduce migration flows. Rather, the type of information collected by such technology is best adapted to support search and rescue operations. Read the article in full here.

Audio from Roundtable Debate on Migration Policies Now Available

On 19 September, the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (UiO) and the NCHS hosted a full-day seminar on current trends in assistance to and protection of refugees and asylum seekers in Europe and the Middle East.

Audio from the final roundtable debate is now available, listen here. In the roundtable were NUPI Research Professor Morten Bøås, Independent Expert and former MFA Director of Department for Migration Tove Skarstein, and Professor at the University of Warwick School of Law Dallal Stevens. The session was chaired by NCHS Director and PRIO Research Director Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert.

First session on ‘Humanitarian Criminalization’. From the left: Bruno Oliveira Martins (PRIO), Katja Franko (UiO), Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert (PRIO), Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (UiO/PRIO). Photo: Indigo Trigg-Hauger/PRIO.

New article: Humanitarian Data Governance

In his newly published article, From Space to Supply Chains: A Plan for Humanitarian Data Governance, in the SSRN, Sean Martin McDonald highlights the relationship between digitization and humanitarian supply chains, with a focus on data protection and governance.

Against the backdrop of the June 2019 ultimatum issued by the World Food Programme (WFP) to the Houthi Government in Yemen – participate in a biometric identification system or receive less aid – McDonald explores the evolving role of humanitarian organizations in a digitalized world. The paper revisits the humanitarian space and access debates, and how current trends in humanitarian response extend operating license granted to humanitarian organization to a much larger group of actors. McDonald examines the operational implications of extending humanitarian license to a larger network of partners, and concludes with five actionable opportunities for humanitarian organizations to begin building supply chain approaches to data governance, toward securing humanitarian space.

The paper was written with funding from the Research Council of Norway, under its “‘Aid in Crisis? Rights-Based Approaches to Humanitarian Outcomes” grant, led by Kristin Bergtora Sandvik. Read the article in full here.

Conference Invitation: “Peace from Below” at the University of Tromsø

The University of Tromsø Centre for Peace Studies invite you to the Critical Interdisciplinary Conference on Studying Peace from Below. The conference will take place in Tromsø, Norway, from 5-6 September 2019. For further details, see the conference site and detailed program.

The discourse and practices of peace building processes in post-conflict and volatile environments that aim to achieve or sustain peace often tend to exclude local communities and treat them as beneficiaries instead of active participants, creators, and agents. This has led to failures, which have prompted questions about the legitimacy of external and top-down peace building approaches and calls for local ownership and participation.

The ‘view from below’ came as a response to this criticism. In such a context, this Critical Interdisciplinary Conference on Studying Peace from Below aims to interrogate and problematize how the ‘from below’ perspective has been used in teaching, research, and policy (in education and research institutions, as well as state, regional, and supranational organizations, e.g. the EU, the AU, the ASEAN, the UN etc.).

Recently, the UN identified peace, justice, and gender equality as some of the important themes to be addressed in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In view of this, we want to explore and better understand the relevance and significance of studying peace from below vis-à-vis the SDGs, with a particular focus on the issues of achieving peace, justice, and gender equality. The core objective is to examine the possibilities, tensions, and even contradictions that are inherent in ‘the view from below’ as it has been conceptualized and applied so far.

To register for the conference (in full or in part), send an email with your name, e-mail address, and institutional affiliation to mail@peace.uit.no with subject line #peacefrombelow2019.

Agenda

Thusday, 5 September

08:30 – 09:00 – Registration and Refreshment

09:00 – 09:30 – Welcome note. Conference Team: Marcela Douglas (Director of the Centre for Peace Studies); Kenneth Ruud (Vice Rector for Research & Development, UiT)

09:35 – 11:05 – Session A. Identity, Conflict & Peace

11:05 – 11:25 – Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00 – Session B. Peacebuilding: Actors & (Just) Institutions

13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch (*presenters & by invitation only)

14:05 – 15:35 – Session C. Challenging Peace Processes: Design – Implementation Gap & Grassroots Resistance

15:35 – 16:00 – Coffee break

16:00 – 17:15 – Keynote lecture.

BOTTOM-UP PEACE: THE EXTRAORDINARY POWER OF SO-CALLED ORDINARY PEOPLE – By Roger Mac Ginty (Durham University, UK)

17:15 – 20:30 – Conference reception (*presenters & by invitation only)

Friday, 6 September

09:00 – 10:30 – Session D. Identity Politics & Peace

10:30 – 10:45 – Coffee break

10:45 – 12:00 – Keynote lecture.

RESCUING ‘LOCAL’ FROM ITS ‘GLOBAL’ ENTHUSIASTS: A POSTCOLONIAL READING OF ‘PEACE FROM BELOW’ by Swati Parashar (University of Gothenburg, Sweden and SOAS University of London, UK)

12:00 – 13:00 – Lunch (*presenters & by invitation only)

13:05 – 14:35 – Session E. Migration, Development & Gender

14:35 – 14:50 – Coffee break

14:50 – 16:20 – Session F. Transitional Justice & Reconciliation – Seeking Transformation

16:30 – 17:00 – Closing remarks

17:30 – 20:00 – Conference reception in Ardna (*presenters & by invitation only)

Book review of ‘Refugee Resettlement’ volume in JPR

Garnier, Adèle; Liliana Lyra Jubilut & Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (2018) Refugee Resettlement: Power, Politics, and Humanitarian Governance. Forced Migration (38). New York: Berghahn

A brief review of this edited collection by Garnier, Jubilut & Sandvik is now available in the Book Notes section of Journal of Peace Research. The review highlights the importance of the book for scholars and practitioners exploring the linkages of refugee protection with humanitarian practice, and the power asymmetries this implies. Click here to read the review, and read more about the book here.

Seminar Invitation: “Technology for Safety and Security” at University of Agder

The Centre for Integrated Emergency Management (CIEM) at the University of Agder invites you to a seminar to present and demo the results from the H2020 project iTRACK in combination with the first day of the EURO-Hope Mini conference on Humanitarian Operations.

TECHNOLOGY FOR SAFETY & SECURITY

Thursday 5 September 2019, 10.30-14.45 University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway

The seminar is centered around the H2020 project iTRACK (Integrated system for real-time TRACKing and collective intelligence in civilian humanitarian missions). This 3-year European research project focused on increasing safety and security of humanitarian missions and improving efficiency of humanitarian logistics. Together with an international consortium of 13 project partners from industry, academia, and humanitarian organizations, we developed a suite of solutions to support tracking, threat detection, navigation, logistics, and coordination in conflict disasters. These solutions will be embedded in the work practices and policies for humanitarian conflict situations and take into account the many responsible data challenges. iTRACK is designed to be a cost-effective open source system, supporting humanitarian organisations where resources may be limited. Website: https://www.itrack-project.eu/.


AIMS & OUTLINE OF THE SEMINAR

The seminar will start with results from the project, which will be presented by iTRACK researchers from CIEM, NORCE and Teleplan Globe. We will highlight and showcase key features of several components, such as AI for threat detection 6 decision making, secure communications and messaging, and GPS-free navigation. During Technology & data in conflicts & roadmap panel, we will engage in a discussion about the policies and processes for data collection, sharing, and coordination that are needed to guide the development and use of technology. Thereby, we aim to develop a roadmap for collaboration and a research agenda for technology & innovation in safety and security. The seminar will be co-hosted with the 4th EURO-HOpe mini-conference for Humanitarian Operations Management. This arrangement provides an excellent opportunity for discussion and networking with top researchers and practitioners in the field of humanitarian logistics. You can register for both days or the first day only. There is no registration fee.

AGENDA

10.00 Welcome desk and registration, coffee

10.30-12.30 iTRACK Workshop & demo

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-13.45 EURO Mini-conference official opening: Welcome note

13.45-14.45 Panel 1. Technology & data in conflicts and roadmap. Tina Comes (TU Delft), Giulio Coppi or Bassam Ibrahim (Norwegian Refugee Council), Ole Kristoffer Bjelland (Norwegian Red Cross)

NB! Please register within 15th of August 2019. Contact person: Tonje Sti: tonje.sti@uia.no.

EURO Hope Mini-Conference on Humanitarian Operations 5-6. September

The EURO HOPE Mini-Conference is an annual event that is designed to facilitate a dialogue between researchers and stakeholders working with humanitarian operations. Each year, the conference brings together academics and practitioners that are interested in decision-making problems related to providing logistical assistance for humanitarian purposes, and in response to humanitarian crises.

We welcome researchers and professionals to this conference, beyond the duration of the iTRACK workshop.

For full EURO Hope program, see conference website.

Podcast available: NCHS co-hosts seminar on climate change and humanitarian consequences

Climate change impacts both humanitarian work and affects already vulnerable populations. Wednesday 5 June, the NCHS co-hosted a breakfast seminar on climate change and humanitarian consequences in cooperation with the Norwegian Red Cross and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). The seminar had a special focus on conflict-related humanitarian needs, health, livelihoods and migration patterns.

The seminar launched a new Norwegian Red Cross report on the theme, called “Overlapping Vulnerabilities” (read full report here).

Amongst the speakers were President of the Norwegian Red Cross Robert Mood, Assistant Professor at Uppsala University and Associate Senior Researcher at PRIO and one of the authors of the report Nina von Uexkull, Research Director at CICERO Jennifer Joy West, Senior Adviser at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health Susanne Hyllestad, Lecturer at King’s College London Helen Adams, Research Professor at PRIO Halvard Buhaug, Climate Advisor at the American Red Cross Julie Arrighi, and Member of the National Youth Council of the Red Cross Youth Andrea Edlund. The seminar was chaired by Head of Humanitarian needs and analysis at the Norwegian Red Cross Anette Bringedal Houge.

To listen to the recording of the seminar, please click here.

Launch of the report «Overlapping Vulnerabilities» (2019), that demonstrates how climate change is creating, intensifying and aggravating humanitarian needs. Nina von Uexkull, Assistant Professor (Uppsala University), Associate Senior Researcher (PRIO) is one of the authors of the report. Photo: Truls Brekke/Røde Kors
Launch of the report «Overlapping Vulnerabilities» (2019), that demonstrates how climate change is creating, intensifying and aggravating humanitarian needs. Andrea Edlund from the Red Cross Youth. Photo: Truls Brekke/Røde Kors
Launch of the report «Overlapping Vulnerabilities» (2019), that demonstrates how climate change is creating, intensifying and aggravating humanitarian needs. In the panel (from the left): Julie Arrighi, Urban Manager & ICRC Partnership Lead (Red Cross Crescent Climate Centre in the Hague), Helen Adams, Lecturer (King’s College London), Halvard Buhaug, Research Professor (PRIO), Nina von Uexkull, Assistant Professor (Uppsala University) and Associate Senior Researcher (PRIO), and Susanne Hyllestad, Senior adviser (Norwegian Institute of Public Health) Photo: Truls Brekke/Røde Kors

NCHS hosts meeting and workshop in connection with the End SGBV Conference in Oslo, 23-24 May

The 2019 international conference on ‘Ending Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Humanitarian Crises’ was held in Oslo 23-24 May. The Conference was hosted by the governments of Norway, Iraq, Somalia, United Arab Emirates, the United Nations entities OCHA and UNFPA, and the ICRC. Among the attendees were a broad range of civil society organizations and 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege. In connection with the Conference, the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS) hosted a meeting with UN Resident Coordinator Edward Kallon, and a workshop for local civil society organizations working to end sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).

Meeting with the UN Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator Nigeria

Wednesday 22 May, the NCHS organized a meeting with the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon. The purpose of the meeting was for the Resident Coordinator to present challenges in his work relating to violence and humanitarian need in Nigeria, followed by a conversation on how future research may contribute in shedding light on these issues and disseminating information about the country and the multidimensional challenges it faces. SGBV were amongst the issues discussed in detail. In attendance were also colleagues from the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator, UN OCHA Nigeria, the Norwegian MFA, the Norwegian Red Cross, NUPI and PRIO.

Meeting with the UN Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator Edward Kallon.
Image by Kristoffer Lidén/PRIO

Workshop on Research, Proposal Development and Advocacy Skill-share

Wednesday 22 May, the NCHS in cooperation with CARE, GBV AoR, PARG, UN OCHA, COFEM and VOICE hosted a Research, Proposal Development & Advocacy Skill-share Workshop for local partners from civil society. Women’s groups and civil society organizations working on sexual and gender-based violence in humanitarian settings showed overwhelming enthusiasm and commitment to making the Oslo conference a success. By April 2019, more than 1,200 applications were received by conference organizers, to support 150 funded places for women civil society leaders to attend the civil society day of the conference on 23 May. To ensure the success of their participation at the conference, women’s groups and local partners must be a visible and heard presence, to represent the issues and concerns of communities at local and country-level. They must also have access to the financial support raised at the Oslo conference to fund their work in preventing and responding to SGBV at community level. Within this context, the workshop was organized with the objective to provide technical support to local partners for proposal development and advocacy.

Research, Proposal Development and Advocacy Skill-share Workshop for local partners at PRIO.
Image by Kristoffer Lidén/PRIO

During the workshop, research professor Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (PRIO & UiO) and Director of the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert, presented recent research on the topic, followed by a discussion on how women’s organizations can benefit from research initiatives. Following, James Kunjumen from UN OCHA led a proposal development workshop, and the workshop ended with an advocacy skill-share led by GBV AoR, PARG and COFEM.

Call for papers: Intersections of Humanitarianism

Kickoff workshop of the EASA Anthropology of Humanitarianism Network (AHN)

Goettingen, 01-03 November 2019

What does humanitarianism look like when it intersects with the state and the military? Or with the local ways of giving? What sort of help are we dealing with when humanitarian forms of reasoning and practice become intertwined with “that which is not humanitarianism”, to paraphrase Gupta (1995: 393)? Anthropological studies have suggested that a lot of work has to be invested into keeping up the boundaries of humanitarianism (Fassin 2012, Dunn 2018, Gilbert 2016). The result of this work has been a loose network of aid that moves throughout the world and replaces, suspends, or otherwise sidesteps state sovereignties in an attempt to save lives (Redfield and Bornstein 2011, Ticktin 2014, Schuller 2016, Ramsey 2017).

In this workshop, we will focus on what sort of hybrids emerge when, instead of maintaining its boundaries, humanitarianism intersects with other ways of thinking and acting. What kind of politics does this enable or prevent (cf. Feldman 2018)? What types of social dynamics, positions, and exclusions take place in such cases? We invite papers that explore the following five thematic strands:

  1. Humanitarianism and voluntarism: What happens when humanitarianism becomes intertwined with vernacular ideas about how to help others (including activism, solidarity, or charity)?
  2. Humanitarianism and military: how is the relationship between humanitarian aid and the use of military force evolving in the context of transnational securitization and border management?
  3. Humanitarianism and development: How do large-scale humanitarian initiatives relate to developmental projects?
  4. Humanitarianism and human rights: How does humanitarianization of state politics and human rights look like?
  5. Humanitarianism and religion: Which moral configurations emerge as part of humanitarian projects and how are they related to religious orders?

This will be the first meeting of the Anthropology of Humanitarianism Network (AHN), founded in 2018 by the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), with an aim to provide a platform for a broad discussion on the meanings and practices of humanitarianism and on the possible future directions of an anthropological study of humanitarianism. The kickoff workshop “Intersections of humanitarianism” will provide a venue for the network members to meet in person, share ongoing research, and make plans for the future development of the network.

Please send abstracts of 200 words to ahn.easa@gmail.comas well as a 100 words bio by 30 June 2019.

The workshop “Intersections of Humanitarianism” is supported by EASA, Centre for Global Migration (CeMIG) of the Georg August University Goettingen, and Chr. Michelsen Institute.

Organizers: 

Carna Brkovic, Georg August University Goettingen

Antonio De Lauri, Chr. Michelsen Institute

Jens Adam, Georg August University Goettingen

Sabine Hess, Georg August University Goettingen