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From the Centre for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) at the American University in Cairo (AUC):
Winter Short Courses January 13-31 2012
The Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) at the American University in Cairo (AUC) is offering the following three short courses during the month of
- 1. Community Interpretation: Practice and Policy in Migration Transit Countries (January 13 –17, 2013)
Course Description: This course will bring together students of both migration studies and translation and interpretation studies, along with field practitioners in international agencies, NGOs, and governmental entities that provide services to migrants and refugees, for co-learning and interdisciplinary knowledge production on the intersections of migration and interpretation policy and field practice.
The course will examine key legal and rights concepts in migration and asylum, as well as ‘community interpretation’ theory and practice in legal, medical, mental health and aid settings for migrants and asylum seekers in transit countries. Cases will emphasize the MENA-HOA migration trajectories, with examples from other regions incorporated as needed. Over the course, students will build frameworks for analysing planning, coordination, training, and evaluation policies of interpretation and translation practice in migration and asylum field settings.
About the Instructor: Alice Johnson is the Director of the Cairo Community Interpreter Project (CCIP), a training and outreach program of the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies at AUC. She has worked as Spanish-English community interpreter and popular education trainer for over 17 years. She has trained field interpreters working in aid agencies and NGOs in various countries, including Egypt, USA, Turkey, Hong Kong, Tanzania, Thailand, and others, and has provided technical assistance to various organizations on multi-language and interpretation planning and coordination, as a tool to improve service outcomes for refugee and migrant populations.
- 2. From Arab Winter to Arab Spring: Refugee and Migration Movements in the Middle East and North Africa( January 20- 24, 2013 )
Course Description: For decades, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has been plagued by a multitude of political and socio-economic challenges. Population displacement has featured prominently among these challenges, and is firmly embedded in the geo-political realities of inter-State and intra-State conflict, as well as predominantly undemocratic systems of governance, yet it does not feature prominently in the general study of the region. MENA hosts the world’s largest and longest-standing refugee problem: that of Palestinian refugees, in addition to millions of displaced Iraqis, and thousands of other displaced groups, including most recently and pressingly, from Syria, as a result of the conflict there. This course will analyze the trends, causes, and consequences of asylum and migration for individuals and societies in MENA during the Arab “Winter,” i.e. before the Arab “Spring,” while highlighting the political and historic context. It will then go on to unpack and analyze the impact of the popular uprisings in 6 countries in the region on displacement movements, and policies and practices to address them. How has the protection regime in MENA fared in the wake of the Arab Spring? What has been the impact on displacement patterns? Will the human rights discourse which has pervaded the uprisings in MENA have a positive effect on advocacy for refugee and migrant rights? Or have the uprisings taken on a direction that might exclude refugees and migrants? What will the impact on the political changes be on policies towards displacement movements in the region? These are among the questions the course will set out to address.
About the Instructor: Shaden Khallaf is currently teaching at the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) in the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) of the American University in Cairo (AUC) after having worked at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for over 10 years, where she most recently acted as policy officer and advisor on Middle Eastern humanitarian and political affairs. She has professional experience and academic background in international human rights law, globalization, democratization, and gender equality in the Middle East and North Africa. Throughout the Middle East, she has worked on refugee status determination, addressing the particular needs of refugee women and children, monitoring detention conditions, finding durable solutions, mixed-migration movements across the Mediterranean, the securitization of asylum and migration, UN coordination in humanitarian relief operations, post-conflict reconstruction, advocacy for and public awareness about human rights and refugee protection, and strategic policy planning. Shaden also has experience analyzing political transformations and their impact on population displacement and human rights, and she has been focusing in 2012 on assessing the impact of the Arab Spring on asylum, protection, and human rights in the MENA region.
- 3. DO NO HARM (January 27 –31 , 2013 )
Do No Harm’ Background:
How assistance that is given in conflict settings interacts with the conflicts? It was known that assistance is often used and misused by people in conflicts to pursue political and military advantage. A number of international and local NGOs collaborated through the LOCAL CAPACITIES FOR PEACE PROJECT for six years to understand how this occurs in order to be able to prevent it. The project was able to identify very clear patterns regarding how assistance and conflict interact and came with the framework.
Assistance can be a significant factor in the context and have important effects on intergroup relations and on the course of intergroup conflict. DO NO HARM helps us get a handle on the complexity of the environments where we work, see how our decisions affect intergroup relationships and helps us think of different ways to have better effects.
Today Do No Harm concepts are widely used in the humanitarian and development Communities and it is one of the best known tools for Peace and Conflict Impact Analysis. And while mainly was designed to be applied in situations conflicts; post conflict; disturbance; or tensions, Do No harm framework and principles can be applied on any context to prevent our assistance increasing any tension or discrimination.
Course description: This course aims at giving participants an understanding of Building Capacity for Peace project and the DO NO Harm framework and principles; analyze some of the mistakes done before in the aid sector; learn how to use the framework when designing assistance in order to help peace and avoid making mistakes that raise tensions; it also help them to understand and consider different options to redesign assistance.
The course will also include an overview of standards initiatives in the aid sectors such as code of conduct, sphere minimum standards and the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership Standard (HAP).
The course will be participatory as the participants will have case studies; group discussions; simulation; documentaries; have exercises to implement the learning. They also will be able to apply the learning on current or previous work.
About the Instructor: Sahar Elsaadany, current Trainer and Advisor for different organizations, made postgraduate studies in International organization; refugee studies; and Master studies in Conflict Transformation and peace building. She worked with many NGOs, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), UN Development Program/Rule of Law and Redr UK with whom she delivered different courses related to Humanitarian standards and practice including 22 courses on Do No harm framework in different countries. She worked in Egypt, West Sudan, Iraq, Malaysia, Western Sahara and Pakistan.
Eligibility for all courses:
The courses are offered for graduate level students, researchers and practitioners in the field of migration and refugees. The maximum number of participants in each course is between 25-30.
All courses are conducted in English and no translation facilities are provided. Participants should have a sufficient command of the English language.
Application procedure for all courses:
To apply for the courses, please fill out the application below and attach your most recent CV and send to email@example.com: Att. Naseem Hashim and Carla Gazal and visit the CMRS Short Course web page for more information: http://www.aucegypt.edu/GAPP/cmrs/outreach/Pages/ShortCourses.aspx .
Applicants may apply and be accepted to more than one course. Please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any difficulty with the application process.
For the Application Form in PDF format, click on the following link: [Application Form].
The deadline for submitting course applications is DECEMBER 20, 2012.
Applicants accepted for the course will be notified by email maximum by DECEMBER 23, 2012.
Venue of the courses
The courses will take place on the Tahrir Campus in Downtown Cairo, Main Campus.
The tuition fee for each course is $500 USD.
Participants are expected to pay a 30% of the total fees ($150) as a deposit by December 31st. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.
More information on payment method will be provided to accepted participants
Tuition fees will cover course material and 2 coffee breaks per course day.
Accommodation costs for those interested in staying at the recommended hotel will be announced shortly. Any other expenses are not included.