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Courses: IOM Summer School on Migration Studies


in České Budějovice, the University of South Bohemia

August 18th – 23th 2014


Students (both graduate and undergraduate) as well as other public and experts interested in migration can take advantage of a multidisciplinary approach and engage in discussions about different migration topics (integration, diversity, counter trafficking, labour migration etc) with distinguished Czech and foreign experts:


Michael Dinwiddie – New York University

Michal Vašečka – Masarykova University

Dušan Drbohlav – Charles University Prague

Tomas Urubek – Ministry of Interior Czech Republic

Salim Murad – EMMIR

Lucie Sládková – IOM Prague

and other experts from academia, state administration, IOM, representatives of NGOs working with migrants and associations of foreigners.

For program, application and more information, please visit www.iom.cz

The project is organized in partnership with the University of South Bohemia (www.EMMIR.org) with financial support of US Embassy in Prague


Events: Special seminar for development and humanitarian practitioners, businesswomen and businessmen with a special interest in the Middle East


Announcing a special seminar for humanitarian and development aid practitioners, businesswomen and businessmen with a special interest in the Middle East
taking place in exquisite facilities of the English Cotswolds, Thursday – Friday 6th. & 7th. November 2014


Evening Thursday 6th. November : Check in and registration
20.00 : Dinner and discussion of Seminar aims

Friday 7th. November 09.00: Introduction: – Professor Dawn Chatty University of Oxford
..The full day programme outlined
..The cross-cultural experience explained

10.00 – 11.00: Arab Culture and Society:
..The basic features of Arab society and typical patterns of behaviour
..Aspects of Islam and emerging Islamism – Professor Luke Treadwell University of Oxford

11.00 – 12.00: Practical Session I:
..Social interaction
..Body language (public & private)
..Concepts of time, obtaining & keeping appointments
..Private and public space
..Business and friendship
..Being entertained, entertaining and dressing for the role

12.00 – 12.45: Discussion over lunch

1245 – 1345 : Risk Assessment: Corporate and Personal Security in the post-Arab Awakening – Mr. Mike Sixsmith of Counterpoint Security Consultants

1345 – 1500 : Practical Session II: – Professor Luke Treadwell & Nicholas Mylne
..Doing business
..Procurement and commissions
..Dealing with agents and middlemen
..Conduct of meetings and presentations

15.00 -15.30: Discussion and tea 15.30 -16.00: Closing Session:

Price : £750 per delegate which includes dinner and bedroom for the night of 6th. November, breakfast, lunch and light refreshments throughout the day of November 7th. 10% discount for multiple bookings.

Contact : info

Website: http://araborientation.com

Public lecture: Arbitrary detention of asylum-seekers, 28 May 2014, University of Oxford

The following lecture may be of interest to some:


Refugee Studies Centre Public Lecture Series

Convened by Dr Cathryn Costello and Dr Alexander Betts

Arbitrary detention of asylum-seekers: a comparison of some recent practice from Italy and the UK

Dr Daniel Wilsher (City University London) and Francesca Cancellaro (Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna)

When: Wednesday, 28 May 2014, 5 pm to 6.30 pm

Where: Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, OX1 3TB

The detention of asylum seekers is always particularly controversial. The Saadi v UK decision of the Strasbourg Court was much criticised for condoning administrative detention of asylum seekers. It did, however, impose apparently strict legal constraints on such detention. Nevertheless, in that time, executive practice in Europe has evolved in ways that arguably further undermine these constraints. This seminar will consider practices in the UK under the detained fast-track system and in Italy on the island of Lampedusa to assess the current state of detention and its compliance with the rule of law.

About the speakers

Dr Daniel Wilsher was previously a solicitor working in immigration law. He is now Senior Lecturer in law at City University London, working on EU and immigration detention issues. He also sits as a judge in the First-tier Tribunal (Asylum and Immigration Chamber).

Francesca Cancellaro is a PhD candidate in Criminal law at Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna. In 2013 she was admitted to the Italian Bar. Her research interests include criminal law, immigration detention and penitentiary systems.



Sarah Turnbull, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford

Manor Road Building, Manor Road

Oxford, OX1 3UQ

T: +44 (0)1865 281922 | F: +44 (0)1865 281924

W: http://bordercriminologies.law.ox.ac.uk/

Courses: United Nations Inter-Agency Sponsored Strategic Learning Exchange – November 4-6 2014 in Amman, Jordan

Courses: United Nations Inter-Agency Sponsored Strategic Learning Exchange on the theme of “Engaging with Faith Organisations and Communities in Development and Humanitarian Work” from 4-6 November 2014 in Amman

Dear Development and Humanitarian Partners and UN Colleagues,

A United Nations Inter-Agency Sponsored Strategic Learning Exchange, in collaboration with the UN System Staff College (UNSSC), UNFPA, UNAIDS and UNHCR, is now accepting applications to its 3rd edition on the theme of “Engaging with Faith Organisations and Communities in Development and Humanitarian Work”, to be held from 4-6 November 2014 in Amman, Jordan.

The Strategic Learning Exchange is a three-day programme designed to explore the linkages between faith and humanitarian/development work by bringing together UN staff members who have experience engaging with faith-based organisations (FBOs) and communities in the course of their respective work in operational contexts. In addition to those working within the UN system, NGO and FBO representatives are encouraged to apply.

Please find further details about this edition of the Strategic Learning Exchange at http://www.unssc.org/home/activities/engaging-faith-organisations-and-communities-development-and-humanitarian-work

To apply, please sign up by clicking here: http://www.unssc.org/home/activities/enrolment-form-supervisor?key=14.DHR.010.FD

The course fee is USD 1500. For NGOs and FBOs, the fee is reduced to USD 500. Interested participants will be expected to cover their own travel, accommodation and fee costs.

Please note that the deadline for subscription is 21 September 2014.

For further information, please contact the UNSSC Course Coordinator, Angelo Miramonti via email at a.miramonti

Detailed course information:

Engaging with Faith Organisations and Communities in Development and Humanitarian Work

There is growing recognition in the international development and humanitarian communities of the role of faith in providing significant moral, social and political agency for human development and resilience in the face of hardship and adversity. Religious institutions, communities of faith and faith-based NGOs are carrying out critical development and humanitarian relief activities, including in entrenched situations of conflict. How can the resources these organizations bring to the table (human, financial and spiritual) be better understood and more effectively tapped by all of those working to serve the very same communities?

Many UN organizations and offices are today partnering with faith-based or faith-inspired service-delivery NGOs, local faith communities and religious leaders. Yet these forms of engagement also entail challenges and concerns. As the United Nations system reviews – and sets – its post-2015 sustainable development agenda for the decades to come, it is timely to examine the objectives, modalities and outcomes of such partnerships.

The aim of this Strategic Learning Exchange (SLE) is to explore the linkages between faith and the continuum of humanitarian to development work. It will consider the nature of development and humanitarian work, the timeframes for interventions and the types of populations served. The three-day meeting will examine human rights and gender equality as cross-cutting concerns, as well as lessons learned in the programme design, implementation and evaluation phases.

This SLE will bring together a range of UN staff members who have experience engaging with faith-based organizations and communities in the course of their respective work at senior programme and policy levels. Several faith-based partners will also be invited to reflect on their experiences of engaging with the UN in service delivery, advocacy and capacity building.

All participants are expected to bring their expertise on faith and various programmatic areas, such as health (HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health), gender equality, education, conflict transformation, humanitarian relief and climate change, and document it in preparation for the course as per standard case study formats.

The training method will follow the current trends in UN staff education and be primarily peer-to-peer learning and information sharing. It will further link the human-rights based approach to programming and house it within the UN’s Delivering as One framework.

Expected Outcomes of the Strategic Learning Exchange:

Participants can expect to take away the following:

• Enhanced understanding and ability to clearly articulate the linkages between faith and development and humanitarian work in contemporary contexts.
• Strengthened capacity to identify and articulate opportunities and challenges, strengths, weaknesses, entry points and modalities for:
(a) Partnership with faith-based NGOs and communities in the areas of knowledge-transfer, capacity building, advocacy, and enhancement of national ownership processes; and
(b) Strategies aimed at strengthening and overcoming some of the challenges associated with these partnerships (government relations, NGO/CSO dynamics, etc).

Testimonials from past editions:

“Finally we can learn from each other on an issue we were not even allowed to acknowledge before – the power of religion in the lives of millions of people… Very pleased you also brought on board the FBOs so we are not preaching to each other only, but we actually have their own voices to inform us”.

“I have learned from our own colleagues, from the FBOs and from our other agencies. This has opened my eyes to so many issues of partnership, or trust building, and of opportunities to confront very real taboos and social restrictions”.

“Rarely does one get an opportunity to boast about one’s work and also be humbled by the work of other colleagues dealing with such challenges. What a rich experience”.

For additional information, please contact:

• Mr. Angelo Miramonti, Course Coordinator: a.miramonti
• Mr. Patrick van Weerelt, Chief, Development, Gender and Human Rights: p.vanweerelt

• Ms. Azza Karam, Lead Facilitator: karam

• Ms. Sally Smith, Co-facilitator,: smiths

• Mr. José Riera, Co-facilitator: riera

A world of extremes – the paradox that is Luanda