Strenghtening competencies for humanitarian negotiations

NCHS researcher Kristoffer Lidén (PRIO) participates in a professional roundtable on the development of competencies of humanitarian organizations for negotiations at the frontlines organized by the Center for Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN) in Berlin 26-27 November. For a detailed program, with introductions to the different topics addressed, see here.

Speakers included H.E. Dr. Bärbel Kofler, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Assistance, Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Grainne Ohara, Director of International Protection, UNHCR, Rehan Asad, Chief of Staff, World Food Programme (WFP) and Claude Bruderlein, Director of CCHN. The event also featured a launch of the 2019 version of the CCHN Field Manual on Humanitarian Negotiations, which can be read here.

Antonio De Lauri to give Jorge Dias Memorial Lecture at University of Lisbon

Antonio De Lauri, Senior Researcher at CMI and co-director of the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies, is to give the Jorge Dias Memorial Lecture on 21 November 2019 at The Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas (ISCSP), University of Lisbon. The lecture is titled “Negotiated Humanitarianism: Diplomacy, Compromise and Principles in Complex Emergencies”.

Read more here.  

Kristin Bergtora Sandvik on ‘Humanitarian wearables and digital bodies’ at University of Oxford

On Wednesday 13 November 2019, Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (PRIO/University of Oslo) spoke at a seminar hosted by The Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford, titled “Humanitarian wearables and digital bodies: problems of gifts and labour”.

Sandvik is a professor of legal sociology at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo and a Research Professor in Humanitarian Studies at PRIO, and the coordinator for the Humanitarianism research group. She has previously been the Director for the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies. Her research agenda focuses on the development of a political and legal sociology of humanitarianism.

Read Sandvik’s most recent blog posts on the NCHS blog on the weaponization of killer trucks, new directions in humanitarian governance, and protecting children’s digital bodies through rights.

NCHS Annual Lecture 2019 by Morten Rostrup now available

This year’s NCHS Annual Lecture was given by Professor Morten Rostrup, senior physician at the Department of Acute Medicine, Oslo University Hospital, University of Oslo. In addition to being a specialist in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine, Rostrup has 23 years of experience in medical humanitarian action, and has been working with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in numerous war zones, epidemics and natural disasters.

For the Annual Lecture, Morten Rostrup asked: Is independent medical humanitarian assistance possible in today’s conflicts? The lecture features comments by discussant Dorothea Hilhorst (ISS, Erasmus University in the Hague), and introduction by Andrea Silkoset (PRIO). Watch the recording here.

Åpen for nominasjoner: Chr. Michelsens pris for fremragende utviklingsforskning

Hvem har skrevet den beste artikkelen innen utviklingsforskning?
Chr. Michelsens pris for fremragende utviklingsforskning (kr 50 000) skal synliggjøre og inspirere til utviklingsrelatert forskning av høy kvalitet og relevans.

Nå kan du nominere bidragene som har utmerket seg i 2018/2019. Vinneren blir tildelt Chr. Michelsens pris for fremragende utviklingsforskning.

Prisen tildeles forskere under 40 år for fremragende vitenskapelig artikkel innen utviklingsrelaterte studier. Arbeidet bedømmes etter vitenskapelig kvalitet og relevans. Prisen skal fortrinnsvis benyttes til vitenskapelige formål.

Kandidater til prisen kan nomineres av enkeltpersoner eller institusjoner innen 31. januar 2020. Kandidater må ha bopel i Norge og/eller være norsk statsborger.  Arbeider som nomineres til prisen må være publisert i løpet av de to foregående år. Arbeider som ble publisert i 2018 eller 2019 kan nomineres til prisen i 2020. Nominering skjer til styret.

Prisen tildeles på CMIs årsfest i Universitetsaulaen i Bergen 16. mars.

Les mer om prisen og nominer på
http://www.chrmichelsenspris.no/.

New Edited Volume on Emerging Donors and the Politics of Aid

Paczyńska, A., 2020. The New Politics of Aid: Emerging Donors & Conflict-Affected States. Boulder: Lynne Rienner

Agnieszka Paczyńska’s edited book The New Politics of Aid sheds light on the increasingly complex donor landscape. By tackling questions such as how emerging donors conceptualize the relationship between security and development, and why the policies they pursue in conflict-affected states differ from the liberal peacebuilding model of traditional donors, this work is an essential contribution to our understanding of both the changing dynamics of foreign aid and the processes of postconflict reconstruction and peacebuilding.

Emerging from the ‘Protection of Civilians’ project, PRIO Senior Researcher Pinar Tank has written the chapter “Turkey: New Humanitarianism and Geostrategic Ambitions”. The chapter examines how Turkey’s critique of the liberal peacebuilding model has emerged over time in response to the perceived failures of Afghanistan and Iraq. This has led to Turkey promoting an alternative model of “humanitarian diplomacy” in its engagements with conflict-affected states through which it does not try to re-create failed states in the image of the donor country, but rather focuses on supporting and developing key indigenous institutions for sustainable economic development and efficient governance. In so doing, Turkey explicitly contrasted its policies with those of traditional donors, pointing to the distinct historical, cultural, and social roots of its approach and, in particular, its grounding in Islamic values. The chapter problematizes how this approach is applied in Somalia and Syria, the two most significant cases of Turkish engagement.

To read more about the book, click here, and to read the introduction, click here.

Protecting children’s digital bodies through rights

The Children’s Rights Convention of 1989 represented a watershed moment in thinking children’s rights to integrity, to be heard and to protection of their physical bodies. In a new post for Openglobalrights.org, Kristin Bergtora Sandvik argues that time has now come to articulate and integrate an understanding of children’s digital bodies in international aid within this normative framework.

Read more here.

“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.