The New Humanitarian webinar 19 March: How will COVID-19 impact crisis zones?

The New Humanitarian is organizing a webinar on how COVID-19 will impact crisis zones. The webinar will start at 14:00 (GMT+1) Thursday 19 March. You may register for the webinar here.

You are invited to an online conversation organised by The New Humanitarian about how COVID-19 will impact crisis zones.

Aid agencies are scrambling to adapt as the COVID-19 pandemic is felt throughout the world. Join Senior Editor Ben Parker as he speaks to leading experts and practitioners from across the humanitarian sector to discuss some of the most pressing issues.

Speakers confirmed so far:

– Ben Parker, TNH Senior Editor (moderator)
– Jeremy Konyndyk, Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development
– Virginie Lefèvre, Program and Partnerships Coordinator, Amel Association
– Suze van Meegen, Advocacy Manager, Norwegian Refugee Council in Somalia
– Karl Blanchet, Director, Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH)

How will COVID-19 impact crisis-affected and already-vulnerable communities? How is the humanitarian sector adjusting to life under the shadow of a new global pandemic? Is the aid sector prepared? Where should priorities lie? And what does this crisis reflect about the changing face of vulnerability?

There will be time for Q&A and you can submit your questions in advance to events@thenewhumanitarian.org. Register now to book your slot.

New book in ‘Military and Humanitarian Health Ethics’ series feature chapter by Sandvik on humanitarian wearables

A new edited volume titled Ethics of Medical Innovation, Experimentation, and Enhancement in Military and Humanitarian Contexts is now available. The book is edited by Daniel Messelken and David Winkler, and is part of the Military and Humanitarian Health Ethics (MHHE) book series.

The edited volume features a chapter by NCHS associate Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (PRIO/UiO) titled Humanitarian Wearables: Digital Bodies, Experimentation and Ethics.

To read more about the book and see the full table of contents, click here. To read the abstract of Sandvik’s chapter, click here.

GSG/NOHA/NCHS Conference in Groningen rescheduled for December 2020

The conference and public lecture scheduled for 25 March in Groningen are being postponed. The organizers have shared the following message:

Following the measures currently taken surrounding Covid19, the decision was made for cancelling the conference of March 25th. However the good news is that we have the opportunity to postpone it to a later date. We will reschedule the conference to 3 December 2020. More information will follow in a few months. Thank you for your understanding.  

New article on rights and the politics of humanitarian aid in Myanmar by Marte Nilsen

Marte Nilsen (PRIO) recently published an article in The European Journal of Development Research titled Perceptions of Rights and the Politics of Humanitarian Aid in Myanmar. Nilsen’s article explores the trade-off for humanitarian actors between getting access and securing rights for vulnerable populations in authoritarian or repressive states. The article looks at Norwegian aid to Myanmar in three significant responses during the period 2007-2017: the emergency response following Cyclone Nargis in 2008; the protracted aid assistance to refugees in camps along the Thai-Myanmar border; and the aid assistance to returning IDPS in ceasefire areas in South-eastern Myanmar since 2012. The approaches of three Norwegian organizations are examined in depth, namely of The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), The Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) and The Norwegian Church Aid (NCA).

Read the article here.

Norwegian MFA and major humanitarian organizations will assess aid to Syria and lessons learned

10 March 2020, the Norwegian MFA, in collaboration with Norwegian Refugee Council, Norwegian Peoples Aid, Norwac, Save the Children Norway, Norwegian Church Aid, Norwegian Red Cross and Care Norway, will host a seminar on lessons learned 10 years after the conflict in Syria broke out. The event will be held at Litteraturhuset in Oslo, Norway, and take place from 14:00 – 17:00. To see the full event description on Facebook, click here.

2020 marks nine years since the start of the conflict in Syria. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed or injured, millions have been displaced and infrastructure has been devastated. The humanitarian consequences of the conflict are widespread within Syria and throughout the region. Four years ago, the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg pledged NOK 10 billion over four years (2016 – 2019) to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Syria and neighbouring countries. This constitutes the largest humanitarian effort by Norway in recent times. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with Norwegian Refugee Council, Norwegian Peoples Aid, Norwac, Save the Children Norway, Norwegian Church Aid, Norwegian Red Cross and Care Norway, invite you to a discussion on achievements, dilemmas and lessons learned from the past four years.

The event will be opened by Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide and Panos Moumtzis, previously UN Assistant Secretary General and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis. Secretaries General Bent Apeland (Norwegian Red Cross) and Birgitte Lange (Save the Children Norway) will give introductions, followed by panel discussions with the humanitarian organisations. The event will be moderated by Kristoffer Lidén, the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS) and PRIO.

Kristin Bergtora Sandvik’s lecture ‘Technology and Humanitarian Accountability’ available online

Kristin Bergtora Sandvik’s (PRIO/UiO) lecture “Technology and Humanitarian Accountability: A Risk Assessment”, part of the Refugee Law Initiative seminar series on humanitarian accountability in displacement contexts, is now available online. You may access the lecture here, Sandvik’s lecture begins at minute 50.

The seminar series examine humanitarian accountability in displacement settings, hosted by the Refugee Law Initiative at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. The series provides a forum for discussion open to academics, practitioners and those with an interest in humanitarian and forced displacement issues.

Humanitarian Aid Allocated to Education Doubled Between 2015 and 2018, PRIO Researchers Find

The amount of humanitarian aid allocated to education doubled between 2015 and 2018 and Norway has reached the global goal of allocating 4% of their humanitarian aid to the sector.

​Save the Children Norway released its updated report on financing for education in emergencies between 2015 and 2018 . The Report was co-authored by PRIO researchers Kendra Dupuy, Julia Palik, and Gudrun Østby. Among the key findings was that although there has been a general increase in humanitarian funding for education since 2014, education remains under-funded within humanitarian appeals. Four countries received half of all humanitarian aid for education between 2015 and 2018: Syria, Yemen, South Sudan, and Iraq. These were also among the worst humanitarian disasters during this time period.

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs Special Issue on Innovation

A new special issue in the Journal of Humanitarian Affairs explores innovation in humanitarian action. The special issue is open access, and may be read here.

The special issue features a paper by NCHS associate Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (University of Oslo/PRIO) titled Making Wearables in Aid: Digital Bodies, Data and Gifts. In this paper, Sandvik contributes to the debate on humanitarian innovation through a critical examination of humanitarian wearables and the related production and management of data.

Sandvik’s paper may be accessed here.

Funding for migration research by NCHS associates at CMI

NordForsk has awarded funding under the Joint Nordic-UK research program on Migration and Integration to CMI researchers Are John Knudsen and Cathrine Talleraas. The project Effects of Externalisation: EU Migration Management in Africa and the Middle East (EFFEXT) examines how actors in Africa and the Middle East navigate competing global and national priorities on migration management in an EU-centric policy context.

Amongst the aims of the project is to examine the humanitarian aspects of the refugee situation in specific cases and the relevant migration policies for selected countries.

The project is carried out in close collaboration with institutional partners in Denmark and the UK, The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Oxford Brookes University, the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP), and the University of Manchester’s Global Development Institute (GDI).