Daily Archives: Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Call for Papers: Research Symposium Health in Humanitarian Settings, 3rd December 2012

Research Symposium
Health in Humanitarian Settings
3rd December 2012

Call for Abstracts – Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine,

Health in Humanitarian Settings

Health in Humanitarian Settings

An interdisciplinary research symposium for original research relating to healthcare in humanitarian settings. Abstracts are particularly welcome from current/recent PhD or MSc students and practitioners working with NGOs.

Healthcare provision within fragile states, displaced populations and conflict or post-conflict settings is a difficult challenge. This is ever more complex in the context of enduring global inequality and climate change. It is important to base practices and policies on good evidence and to recognise key areas for future research. This symposium aims to act as a forum for research, to allow discussion of new ideas and to encourage future collaboration.

Abstract Submission
300 words (Intro, Aim, Methods, Results, Conclusion and implications for future policy) by Sat 10th November. Sent to: c.h.hardman@liv.ac.uk
Accepted abstracts will be invited for 10 minute oral presentation or a poster presentation.
To register contact c.h.hardman@liv.ac.uk

To Download the Call for Papers in PDF Format – [Click Here]


Event: Life in Burma and Life as a Refugee

Life in Burma and Life as a Refugee

Mr Ian Werrett (Formerly of the Chow Kit Foundation (Assistant Centre Manager / Outreach Worker) and UNICEF (Researcher). Currently writing for ‘LLB Online’ and ‘Interact UK’)

Date: 21 November 2012Time: 3:15 PM
Finishes: 21 November 2012Time: 5:00 PM
Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: 403
Type of Event: Seminar
Series: CSEAS Seminar Programme

CSEAS Special Student Event


This seminar will tell the story of those who lived in and fled Burma. Ian will recount personal stories shared with him by those who had been subject to sever oppression by both the military regime in Burma and human traffickers. Personal cases and pictures will be shared to offer an insight into the life of a refugee.

Feel free to raise any topics for discussion:

  • What do those who have fled Burma really think of Aung San Suu Kyi?
  • What is life like for someone who is living illegally in Malaysia?
  • How do refugees cross the borders?
  • How do children view genocide?
  • Is the UN doing enough?
Speaker Biography

Ian began working with Burmese refugees in 2009, conducting outreach to four different refugee communities.  Ian was detailing their needs and providing educational materials, health care and legal assistance. After one year of gathering information Ian was hired by the United Nations to submit research on the plight of refugee children living in Kuala Lumpur. Ian has provided information to Burma Campaign UK and the Malaysian Government.

In 2012, after 3 years in Kuala Lumpur he has returned to the UK to raise awareness about the situation for children living in Burma and those living as refugees in Malaysia.

Organiser: Centres & Programmes Office
Contact email: centres@soas.ac.uk


Call for Papers: Lived Experiences of Contemporary Membership

Call for Papers: Lived Experiences of Contemporary Membership

7 November 2012

There is a call for papers for the international symposium “Lived Experiences of Contemporary Membership”.

The deadline for the submission is Monday 17:00 (UK time), 17 December 2012. The symposium will investigate the interplay between forms and modes of contemporary membership, migration governance (both immigration and emigration), and the politics of belonging.It is the first of two international symposia investigating the relationship between legal status, rights and belonging.

The symposia are jointly organised by the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford with the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago and the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) and the Oxford Institute of Social Policy at the University of Oxford.

For more information or to submit an abstract visit the RSC page: Lived Experiences of Contemporary Membership: International Symposium

Date: 02:00pm, Thursday, April 11, 2013 – 05:00pm, Friday, April 12, 2013

Presenter/Convenor: Dr Nando Sigona (RSC), Dr Elaine Chase (OISP) and Vanessa Hughes (COMPAS)

Location: Oxford

Series: Conferences and workshops

Download the call for papers (PDF 261KB)


IASFM14: Contested Spaces and Cartographic Challenges

IASFM14: Contested Spaces and Cartographic Challenges

The 14th Conference of the International Association for Studies in Forced Migration (IASFM) will be hosted by the Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, Kolkata, India January 6 – 9, 2013. This is the first time that the conference is being hosted in South Asia.

The nature and character of migration, particularly ‘forced’ migration, today is different from that in previous decades. But while this is not a new observation, it has not been acknowledged in such a manner, because of what underlined the refugee regime and what regulated the management and protection of refugees. This has been underscored by migratory patterns in much of the colonial world (read, Africa and Asia, for instance) as against the European context. The UN however, acknowledged this by noting in its 10 Point Plan of Action that migration is characterised by “mixed movements”. Even then, the underlying institutions that aimed at securing the rights of refugees in the last few decades did not change. Refugees continued to be those that fled “political persecution” leaving a large number of people who fled due to other factors outside the legal definition and thus protection regime. Second, internal displacement gained prominence as a category of rights bearing subjects but the role of UN institutions was curtailed or expanded depending on the state that produced the internally displaced. Thus, even though forced by circumstances, government policies or government inaction/impunity, internally displaced persons were not accorded the same kind of protection that refugees were. Thus it is not uncommon for internally displaced persons to call themselves refugees even while they are within the physical borders of the state.

IASFM 14 proposes to highlight the unique features of the new reality by focusing on the relevant experiences of strategies of protection of victims of forced migration, particularly in the post-colonial world.

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The deadline for early bird registration is 30 November 2012.


Call for Papers: The Transformation of Urban Britain since 1945

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Call for Papers

The Transformation of Urban Britain Since 1945

A conference organised by the Centre for Urban History,

University of Leicester, 9-10 July 2013

Plenary Speakers: John Gold (Oxford Brookes); Frank Mort (Manchester);

Guy Ortolano (New York University); Selina Todd (St Hildas, Oxford)

During the second half of the twentieth century the towns and cities of Britain were transformed more extensively than at any period since the industrial revolution. Millions of people were moved from the centre of cities to new urban settlements in what Alison Ravetz called ‘the greatest internal migration in British history’; whole manufacturing industries and their associated communities and cultures, which had dominated much of urban Britain north of the Trent for two centuries, were swept away in a matter of decades; and the steady influx of peoples from the old empire and Europe created new community formations and ultimately a multicultural Britain which was also overwhelmingly urban. Britain’s towns and cities today are barely recognisable from the drab and damaged places that emerged from the Second World War. The history of this transformation has only been written in part – significantly the final volume of the Cambridge Urban History of Britain, the most substantial scholarly overview of the subject, stops in 1950. The purpose of this conference is to bring together for the first time the growing body of expertise and knowledge of urban Britain since 1945 to debate the ways in which that history might be written. We want to bring together not only different types of historian – social, cultural, economic, urban, planning – around this subject but also others who have a direct interest in it: conservationists, policymakers, journalists and others. One of the purposes of the conference is to create a network of scholars and practitioners on post-war urban Britain.

We are interested in particular in inviting papers and panels on the following themes, which are illustrative and not exhaustive:

• The history of new terminologies of urban description: ‘city centre’, ‘inner city’, ‘greenfield/brownfield’, etc.

• Histories of industrial decline (or renewal) and their impact on urban communities and landscapes.

• The relationship between global political and economic processes (e.g. decolonisation, transnational capital, the European Union) and urban Britain;

• Urban governance in the period, including local-central relations, the role of private developers, municipal corruption, etc.;

• Consumerism, including the history of the shopping precinct and mall, the corner store, the sex trade, etc.

• Urban infrastructures: motorways, electrification, cybertechnologies

• Urban protest movements: anti-roads, squatting, conservation, etc.

• Identity politics: urban space and the creation of ‘new’ social and sexual identities


Proposals for papers or panels of three speakers plus chair/discussant (max. one page A4) should be sent to Simon Gunn (sg201@le.ac.uk) or Rebecca Madgin (rmm13@le.ac.uk) by Friday 1 February 2013.


Call for Papers: Stability – New Open Access Journal

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Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

Call for Papers, Stability: the International Journal of Security and Development

I am writing to you on behalf on Stability, the International Journal of Security and Development. We are pleased to announce the release of the inaugural issue of our journal at www.stabilityjournal.org . Stability features research and policy analysis focused on ending conflicts, preventing its recurrence, mitigating new forms of violence such as organised crime and extremism, and fostering peace and enabling development.

While several journals are launched each year, this publication is different:

– Stability adheres to open-access publishing principles. All articles are fully free to access online; the journal is not-for-profit.

– Stability is online only and adheres to rigorous peer-review standards.

– Stability also welcomes more “applied” contributions from experienced policy-makers and practitioners.


Stability encourages contributions from “doers” – such as UN personnel, NGO project managers, peacekeepers, donor representatives, diplomats and others – as well as “thinkers” from academic and research institutions. We actively disseminate the pieces we publish, pushing them into policy-making and practitioner circles where they can influence action. Stability is also actively seeking contributors from developing and violence-affected countries.


We encourage you to read the Inaugural Issue, and we hope you will consider contributing after reviewing our Call for Papers (available at http://www.stabilityjournal.org/announcement/view/1 ). The Inaugural Issue and further information can be found at www.stabilityjournal.org,  where you can also sign up to become a peer reviewer, join our mailing list and learn more about our aims, objectives and publishing model.

Email: info@stabilityjournal.org


New: State of World Population 2012

Re-blogged from ReliefWeb:

State of World Population 2012 – By choice, not by chance: Family planning, human rights and development

State of World Population 2012 - By choice, not by chance: Family planning, human rights and development

State of World Population 2012 – By choice, not by chance: Family planning, human rights and development

Additional Investments in Family Planning Would Save Developing Countries More Than $11 Billion a Year

Access to family planning is an essential human right that unlocks unprecedented rewards for economic development, says new UNFPA report

• 222 million women in developing countries have an unmet need for family planning
• Additional $4.1 billion in funding is needed to address current needs and those of the growing youth population

LONDON, 14 November 2012—Making voluntary family planning available to everyone in developing countries would reduce costs for maternal and newborn health care by $11.3 billion annually, according to The State of World Population 2012, published today by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

Increased access to family planning has proven to be a sound economic investment. One third of the growth of Asian “tiger” economies is attributed to a demographic shift in which the number of income-generating adults became higher than those who depended on them for support. This shift, says the report, was a consequence of family planning and brought increased productivity, leading to economic development in the region.

One recent study predicts that if the fertility rate fell by just one child per woman in Nigeria in the next 20 years, the country’s economy would grow by at least $30 billion.

And the benefits are not just economic. The report finds that the costs of ignoring the right to family planning include poverty, exclusion, poor health and gender inequality. Failing to meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents and young people in Malawi, for example, contributed to high rates of unintended pregnancy and HIV. In the United States, the report showed that teenage motherhood reduces a girl’s chances of obtaining a high school diploma by up to 10 per cent.

Family planning delivers immeasurable rewards to women, families, and communities around the world. By enabling individuals to choose the number and spacing of their children, family planning has allowed women, and their children, to live healthier, longer lives. Looking ahead, if an additional 120 million obtained access to family planning, the report estimates 3 million fewer babies would die in their first year of life.

“Family planning has a positive multiplier effect on development,” said UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin. “Not only does the ability for a couple to choose when and how many children to have help lift nations out of poverty, but it is also one of the most effective means of empowering women. Women who use contraception are generally healthier, better educated, more empowered in their households and communities and more economically productive. Women’s increased labour-force participation boosts nations’ economies.”

The State of World Population 2012 says that governments, civil society, health providers and communities have the responsibility to protect the right to family planning for women across the spectrum, including those who are young or unmarried.

Nevertheless, the report finds that financial resources for family planning have declined and contraceptive use has remained mostly steady. In 2010, donor countries fell $500 million short of their expected contribution to sexual and reproductive health services in developing countries. Contraceptive prevalence has increased globally by just 0.1 per cent per year over the last few years.

However, there are signs of progress. Last July, at the London Summit on Family Planning, donor countries and foundations together pledged $2.6 billion to make family planning available to 120 million women in developing countries with unmet needs by 2020. Developing countries themselves also pledged to increase support.

But, according to the report, an additional $4.1 billion is necessary each year to meet the unmet need for family planning of all 222 million women who would use family planning but currently lack access to it. This investment would save lives by preventing unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions.

However, money is just one part of the solution. To ensure that every person’s right to family planning is realized, the report also calls on governments and leaders to:

• Take or reinforce a rights-based approach to family planning
• Secure an emphasis on family planning in the global sustainable development agenda that will follow the Millennium Development Goals in 2015
• Ensure equality by focusing on specific excluded groups
• Raise the funds to invest fully in family planning.

“Family planning is not a privilege, but a right. Yet, too many women—and men—are denied this human right,” said Dr. Osotimehin. “The pledge we made in July in London to increase access to family planning will improve the lives of millions and will each year help avert 200,000 maternal deaths. As we approach the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, I call on all leaders to build on this momentum, close the funding gap, and make voluntary family planning a development priority.”

UNFPA works to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.

For more information or interview requests, please contact:
Omar Gharzeddine, +1 212 297 5028, gharzeddine@unfpa.org; or
Mandy Kibel, +1 212 297 5293, kibel@unfpa.org

For London based enquiries, please contact:
Matthew Gould, +44 (0) 207 822 1721, matthew.gould@portland-communications.com; or Abubakar Dungus, +1 646 226 6120, dungus@unfpa.org

For the full report and other resources, please visit:


Documentary: “Sons of the Clouds: The Last Colony”

Re-blogged from the Librarians and Human Rights Blog.

“Sons of the Clouds: The Last Colony”

Sons of the Clouds

Sons of the Clouds

Alvaro Longoria partners with Academy Award® winner Javier Bardem for his directorial debut, SONS OF THE CLOUDS: THE LAST COLONY. This compelling documentary brings to light the political and human rights issues facing the people of the Western Sahara and the responsibility of Western powers in the effort to restore peace to the region.

The film examines the current political turmoil and the failed policies, namely realpolitik, which have generated tremendous instabilities. A personal journey for Bardem, the film focuses on the bleak reality of the Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony that is now occupied, in part, by Morocco and has resulted in almost 200,000 refugees living in camps in the desert.

New Publications on London’s Immigrant Communities; DRC Congo; Points Based Scheme; Belgium; The Tottenham riots; and Faith-Based Humanitarianism

London's immigrant districts

Brixton has long been considered the home of London’s West Indian community, ever since the first Jamaican immigrants settled there after arriving on the Empire Windrush in 1948. Many new arrivals ended up in the area because they were temporarily housed in nearby Clapham South, and the closest employment centre was in Brixton.
Picture: LESLEY SMITH/Rex Features
© Copyright of Telegraph Media Group Limited 2012

Telegraph Expat online photo-article on `London’s Immigrant Districts’
Produced by Telegraph Media Group Limited.

UNHCR position on returns to North Kivu, South Kivu and adjacent areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo affected by on-going conflict and violence in the region, 15 November 2012
UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

This Position is intended to provide guidance for governments, NGOs, legal practitioners, decision-makers and the judiciary, as well as for UNHCR staff and other UN agencies working with or for arrivals from North Kivu, South Kivu and adjacent areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo affected by on-going conflict and violence in the region.

Link:-  http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/docid/50a369022.html

Migrants’ Rights Network has responded to the Independent Chief Inspector of the UKBA’s call for submissions on the working of Tier 1 of the Points Based Scheme:
Migrants Rights Network Submission: Tier 1 Inquiry, November 2012.
By Migrants’ Rights Network.
[Download Submission]
See Also – Read the Press Release:  MRN submits evidence to Independent Chief Inspector’s inquiry into Tier 1 of PBS.

Belgium: A Country of Permanent Immigration

© Migration Information Source.

EU citizens make up just over half of the total foreign-born population in Belgium, a large portion of which is comprised of Italian, French, and Dutch citizens. The non-EU immigrant population is comprised of mainly Moroccans and Turkish citizens. (Photo courtesy of Thomas Quine)
© Migration Information Source.

A Country profile for Migration Information Source.
By Milica Petrovic.

The Tottenham riots: the Big Society and the recurring neglect of community participation
By Denis Dillon
Community Development Journal Advance Access article.

This paper locates responses to the 2011 Tottenham riots within a historical analysis of planning, regeneration and the politics of community participation in the London Borough of Haringey. It examines understandings of the role of such participation and related recommendations within three 2012 reports: North London Citizens, an alliance of mostly faith organizations, The Tottenham Community Panel established by Haringey Council and the Riots, Communities and Victims Panel set up by Parliament.


Faith-Based Humanitarianism: Organizational Change and Everyday Meanings in South Africa
By Marian BurchardtSociology of Religion Advance Access Article.

Engaging and challenging central institutionalist concepts, this article focuses on the involvement of churches and other Christian organizations in HIV/AIDS programs in South Africa in order to analyze the ensuing organizational dynamics. It argues that the asymmetrical power relations between mostly Northern donors and local churches, within which these organizational dynamics unfold, engender two interlocked processes: on the one hand, institutional isomorphism, which is reflected in the adoption by local actors of the technocratic and official templates promoted by the dominant discourse on civil society and its main protagonist, the nongovernmental organization; and on the other hand, local actors’ deployment of strategies of extraversion that contradict the “paper versions” of faith-based development. This article analyzes how the resulting contradictions are played out and shows how both the compliance with, and the strategic refractions of, organizational templates depend on one another.


New Publications on Health and the Middle East

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

Publications on Health

“Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy and Treatment Outcomes among Conflict-affected and Forcibly Displaced Populations: A Systematic Review,” Conflict and Health 6:9 (Oct. 2012) [open access text]

Assessing Mental Health and Psychosocial Needs and Resources: Toolkit for Humanitarian Settings (WHO & UNHCR, 2012) [text]

Canadian Doctors Speak Out on the Impacts of Cuts to Refugee Healthcare (CCR Blog, Nov. 2012) [text]
– Includes links to two videos.

“Emotional and Behavioural Problems amongst Afghan Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking Children: Results from a Large-scale Cross-sectional Study,” European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, OnlineFirst, 15 November 2012 [free full-text]

“Factors Associated with Latent Tuberculosis among Asylum Seekers in Switzerland: A Cross-sectional Study in Vaud County,” BMC Infectious Diseases 12:285 (Nov. 2012) [open access text]

“Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Contraception among Afghan Refugee Women in Pakistan: A Cross-Sectional Study,” PLoS ONE 7(11) (Nov. 2012) [open access text]

“Migrants, Refugees and Displaced people,” Section in State of World Population 2012 (UN Population Fund, Nov. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]
– Scroll to pp. 62-64.

“Pervasive Refusal Syndrome among Inpatient Asylum-seeking Children and Adolescents: A Follow-up Study,” European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, OnlineFirst, 2 November 2012 [free full-text]

“Remembering Episodes of Sexual Violence: The Impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on Evidence,” Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 30 (Oct. 2012) [full-text]

“Resilience among Asylum Seekers Living with HIV,” BMC Public Health 12:926 (Oct. 2012) [open access text]

“Resilience and Its Association with Depression, Emotional and Behavioural Problems, and Mental Health Service Utilisation among Refugee Adolescents Living in South Australia,” International Journal of Population Research, vol. 2012, article ID 485956 (March 2012) [open access text]

Publications on the Middle East

Denationalizing Bahrainis, Ousting the Opposition (Statelessness Programme Blog, Nov. 2012) [text]

Don’t Forget about the Successes of the UNRWA (The UN Agency for Palestine Refugees) (Huffington Post, Nov. 2012) [text]

Israel and the Criminalization of Asylum Seekers (DIIS Comment, Nov. 2012) [text]

The Palestinians are De Jure Stateless: Centralising Them in the Discourse as a Means to Better Address Statelessness (Statelessness Programme Blog, Nov. 2012) [text]

*Rethinking the Response to Refugees in Jordan: Local Based Assistance, Urban Refugees and Host Communities (USCRI, Nov. 2012) [text]
– See also other related notes from the field.

Syria: Turkey Opens up to International Aid in Camps (IRIN, Nov. 2012) [text]

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: The Humanitarian Approach under Political Divisions, MPC Research Report 2012/13 (Migration Policy Centre, 2012) [text]
– Note: Watch for an upcoming MPC “edited volume of reports on the Syrian refugee crisis containing studies from Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt.” More information is in their newsletter.

Syrian Women & Girls: No Safe Refuge (Refugees International, Nov. 2012) [text]