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Events: Counter-terrorism laws: what aid agencies need to know

Counter-terrorism laws: what aid agencies need to know

6 November 2014, 14:00-16:00 GMT
Venue: Overseas Development Institute, London (directions: http://www.odi.org/about/contact-details) and screened live online

Do aid workers risk violating counter-terrorism laws to reach people who need humanitarian support?

Counter-terrorism laws and humanitarian action share several goals, including the prevention of attacks against civilians and of the diversion of aid to armed actors. Yet tensions between these two areas of law and policy have emerged in recent years, resulting in challenges for governments and humanitarian actors.

This event launches Network Paper 79, Counter-terrorism laws and regulations: what aid agencies need to know, published by the Humanitarian Practice Network with the Counter-terrorism and Humanitarian Engagement Project at the Harvard Law School (part of the Program on International Law and Armed Conflict). Speakers will present key findings from the paper, engage the audience in an exercise which will address key challenges that anti-terrorism laws and regulations pose for humanitarian action and explore how humanitarian actors might respond to these challenges.

To register for this event please visit the event webpage (http://www.odi.org/events/4023-counter-terrorism-humanitarian-practice-network) or email hpn@odi.org. You can also follow #Counterterrorism on Twitter for live coverage.

Refreshments will be available from 16:00


Naz K. Modirzadeh – Director, Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (via video-link)
Dustin Lewis  – Senior Researcher, Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (via video-link)
Mike Parkinson – Policy Advisor, Oxfam GB
Abdurahman Sharif – Operations Manager, Muslim Charities Forum


Sara Pantuliano – Director, Humanitarian Policy Group (http://www.odi.org/experts/99-sara-pantuliano)

ODI Event: Gender-based violence in emergencies

Gender-based violence in emergencies

Where: Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NJ

When: 18.02.2014, 14:00 – 16:00

International concern over gender-based violence (GBV) in emergencies has grown significantly in recent years and a number of good practice standards, guidelines, training resources and other tools have been developed.  However, differing views on concepts, terminology, and programming priorities have resulted in a lack of agreement amongst humanitarian practitioners on how to define, prioritize, prevent and respond to gender-based violence in humanitarian contexts.

This event will simultaneously launch Issue 60 of the Humanitarian Exchange on gender-based violence in emergencies, and Network Paper 77 Preventing and responding to gender-based violence in humanitarian crises. The new issue of Humanitarian Exchange on gender-based violence includes an article addressing the ICRC’s response to sexual violence by Sarah Cotton, Public Affairs and Communications Adviser, who will also participate in the event, and Charlotte Nicol, Sexual Violence Focal Point, Women and War Sector.

Speakers will discuss some of the key issues highlighted in these publications including the challenges associated with prevention and response programming, the different forms of violence facing women and girls in particular and the ways in which the needs of survivors can be better addressed in humanitarian crises.

Register to attend or watch the livestream: Gender-based violence in emergencies

Follow the hashtag #GBV on Twitter for live coverage.


Clea Kahn – Humanitarian Advisor, Conflict Humanitarian and Security Department, Department for International Development (DFID)

Aurélie Lamazière – Gender Issues Coordinator,Geneva Call

Sarah Cotton – Public Affairs and Communications Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross

Aisha Bain – Advocacy Advisor for the Women’s Protection & Empowerment Technical Unit, International Rescue Committee

Alina Potts – Emergency Response & Preparedness Coordinator, Women’s Protection & Empowerment Technical Unit, International Rescue Committee

Chair: Wendy Fenton – Humanitarian Practice Network Coordinator


Event: Gaza calling: conflict and displacement in the Gaza Strip


Gaza calling: conflict and displacement in the Gaza Strip

14:00 – 16:00 04 March 2013 (GMT+00)

A view of Jabalia refugee camp, Gaza A view of Jabalia refugee camp. Jabalia is the largest of the Gaza Strip’s eight refugee camps. It is located north of Gaza City, close to a village of the same name License: Creative Commons Credit: Suhair Karam/IRIN Source: IRIN

Overseas Development Institute and streamed live online

This event is scheduled to launch Sanctuary in the city? Urban displacement and vulnerability in the Gaza Strip, a look at internal displacement over the past ten years in Gaza.

Displacement is a common feature of life in Gaza; around 1.1 million people are currently considered displaced and 70% of the population are registered refugees. Yet the population faces multiple, often compounding vulnerabilities, as a result of the blockade and the long-running conflict. HPG’s work has looked at how internal displacement interacts with high levels of overcrowding, basic services that are overburdened and deteriorating, rising poverty and unemployment and on-going threats to safety and security.

This events aims to provide multiple perspectives on the challenges displacement poses to Palestinians in Gaza and those trying to provide assistance to them. Speakers will address the difficulties of measuring and reporting on the effects of displacement when people are prevented from truly fleeing danger as well as the complexities of responding to the needs of those displaced in the context of chronic and rising poverty in the population at large.

With a live video link to Gaza, this event will bring together Palestinian and international speakers to explore the multi-faceted effects of the conflict on civilians, and up-to-date assessment of how displaced populations have fared since the Pillar of Defence military operation in November 2012.

Follow #GazaCalling on Twitter for live coverage.


Robert Turner – Director of Operations – Gaza, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)

Ahmed Tawatina – Director of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme

Mona Al Farrah – Deputy Chair, Palestinian Red Crescent Society (TBC)

Sarah Adamzcyk – Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA) Project Manager, Norwegian Refugee Council
Simone Haysom
– Research Officer, Humanitarian Policy Group and co-author of Sanctuary in the city? Urban displacement and vulnerability in the Gaza Strip

Rushanara Ali MP – Labour Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow, and Shadow Minister for International Development


Sam Farah – Deputy Head of Programmes and TV Presenter, BBC Arabic


HPG course – Advanced Course on Conflict, Crisis and Transitions, 16-23 July 2013

HPG course:

Advanced Course on Conflict, Crisis and Transitions,
16-23 July 2013

Venue: Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU) at the University of York, York

The past decade has seen a surge in attention to supporting countries affected by and recovering from conflict. A parallel growth has also occurred in the number of professionals working in the fields of humanitarian, development and post-conflict recovery policymaking and practice. They are faced with a myriad of challenges associated with contexts transitioning from conflict to peace, yet rarely have the opportunity to reflect upon the critical concepts, practical challenges and policy dilemmas involved in supporting effective transitions.

The Advanced Course on Conflict, Crisis and Transitions aims to facilitate learning and guided reflection on these crucial issues. The course brings together midcareer and senior professionals in York for one week each summer. Course participants will engage in a participatory learning process that combines lectures with small group discussions and exercises, with the possibility of publishing an analytical piece.

If you are interested in attending the course, please complete the application form and submit it to hpgadmin@odi.org.uk. The deadline for applications is 31st March 2013.

For further information, please visit the ODI website at:www.odi.org.uk/programmes/humanitarian-policy-group/advancedcourse?utm_source=hpgalert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20130206


ODI Event: Conflict and intervention in Mali: the humanitarian consequences

New Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Event:

Conflict and intervention in Mali: the humanitarian consequences

14:00 – 16:00 11 February 2013 (GMT+00)

Venue:  Overseas Development Institute and streamed live online

Programme: Humanitarian Policy Group

This panel event is scheduled to assess the humanitarian consequences of conflict and intervention in Mali and will feature speakers with specialisms on different aspects of the crisis.

Although frequently portrayed as a development success story, Mali has been beset by instability following a military coup, the re-emergence of Tuareg secessionists, a proliferation of Islamist-armed factions – and the influx of arms and fighters from Libya following the downfall of Colonel Gaddafi.

The consequences of the recent intervention by Mali’s former colonial power, France and the deployment of troops from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will also be discussed.

It is estimated that 700,000 Malians will be forced to flee in the next few months presenting humanitarian organisations with a range of needs arising from displacement and food insecurity – both within Mali and regionally. In addition, humanitarian organisations will have to negotiate the difficult terrain of counter terrorism legislation that could affect the provision of humanitarian assistance in areas held by terrorist groups.

Follow #HPGMali on Twitter for live coverage.


David Gressly – United Nations Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Sahel

Jeremy Swift – Mali analyst and specialist in pastoral issues

Genevieve Boutin – Chief, Humanitarian Policy Section, UNICEF’s Office of Emergency Programmes

Bruce Whitehouse – Professor of anthropology at Lehigh University and author of Bridges from Bamako


Andrew Norton – Director of Research, Overseas Development Institute


Sara Pantuliano – Head of HPG


New ODI Event: The other side: humanitarian engagement with the Taliban in Afghanistan

*** Apologies for Cross Posting ***

This event has been scheduled to launch a new report into how aid agencies engage with the Taliban to gain access to Afghans in need of assistance. This research offers insight into how the Taliban view humanitarian and development assistance. It draws on dozens of interviews with Taliban militia and leaders and conversely, investigates the approaches used by aid agencies to gain access to populations in Taliban-held territory.

The first substantive research of its kind into aid access, ‘The Other Side’ sheds light on the issues that aid agencies have been reluctant to speak about openly. The report was compiled following almost 150 interviews with Afghans, aid agencies, Taliban and diplomats and offers a series of recommendations on humanitarian negotiations for aid agencies, donor governments – and the Taliban. This event offers an opportunity for the authors to discuss these recommendations and other aspects of their research into humanitarian negotiations with the Taliban.


Kim Sengupta – Defence and Diplomatic correspondent of The Independent


Ashley Jackson – Research Fellow at the Humanitarian Policy Group and co-author of the report

Dr Antonio Giustozzi – Visiting professor at King’s College, Department of war Studies and co-author of the report

Further Information:  [ODI Website]

Feedback on World Disasters Report Launch, Thursday 18th October, 2012

Launch of the World Disasters Report 2012 on Forced Migration and Displacement’

Held at the Overseas Development Institute on Thursday 18th October, 2012, 1230-1400.

World Disasters Report 2012

On Thursday 18th October 2012, I attended the launch of the 2012 World Disasters Report held at the Overseas Development Institute.  The World Development Report (WDR) is an annual flagship publication of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, (ICRC) and for this year’s report focused specifically on the subject of `forced migration and displacement’ and thereby focusing upon `people forcibly displaced by conflict, political upheaval, violence, disasters, climate change and developmental projects.’

The launch event was chaired by David Peppiatt, international director for the British Red Cross; and the speakers included Professor Roger Zetter who was the editor of WDR 2012 and who is based at the University of Oxford; Dr. Sara Pantuliano who is head of the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute and Dr. Nando Sigono who is Senior Research Officer at the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford and also a contributor to WDR 2012.

In his introduction to the session, David Peppiatt stressed that whilst the WDR 2012 is produced by the ICRC, it continues to be an annual independent report, which incorporates the very valuable CRED database of disasters.  David highlighted the many different forms of vulnerability faced by those who experience forced migration and displacement and that their situation is often both complex and multi-faceted.

A video-clip produced by the IFRC and is available as follows:

In his talk, Professor Roger Zetter reinforced the point that he had been granted complete editorial freedom in the preparation of the report and argued that its significance could not be over-emphasised.  It represented, Zetter argued, an urgent and timely review of humanitarian assistance and which covers a broad range of issues.  Zetter highlighted one of the key statistics in the book that there are currently 73 million forced migrants in the word, which represents about 1 in every 1,000 of the world’s citizens.  was also the issue of the urbanisation of forced displacement as the majority of refugees and internally-displaced persons (IDPs) now live in urban areas, rather than camps.

Issues surrounding urbanisation were further developed by Dr. Sara Pantuliano, whose team at Humanitarian Policy Group, had contributed a chapter to WDR 2012 on `Forced Migration in an Urban Context.’  This talk reinforced the fact that urban displacement is an increasing phenomenon with manifold and overlapping causes.  Dr. Pantuliano discussed the role of the Humanitarian Policy Group in contributing their chapter to the final report.  A copy of Dr. Pantuliano’s presentation is now available for download from the ODI website – [Download Here].

Dr. Nando Sigona’s paper concentrated on the `Relationship between migration and mobility in relation to the Arab Spring.’ Dr. Sigona’s paper touched upon a number of issues which have arisen in light of the recent events around the Arab Spring.  These included issues relating to migrants who were already living in Libya prior to the uprising and who, as a consequence of the conflict, were further displaced; and the case of Syrian refugees in Iraq and who held responsibility for their protection as they were facing victimisation from both side in the conflict.

A copy of the report was given to every attendee at the launch event and the

Click the image above to access our new World Disasters Report microsite.

Click the image above to access our new World Disasters Report microsite.

Archive copy will be added to stock in due course.  Further information on the actual report can be found from details in the introduction to the report, namely:

From the executive summary:  “This year’s World Disasters Report focuses on forced migration and on the people forcibly displaced by conflict, political upheaval, violence, disasters, climate change and development projects, whose numbers are increasing inexorably each year. The enormous human costs of forced migration – destroyed homes and livelihoods, increased vulnerability, disempowered communities, and collapsed social networks and common bonds – demand urgent and decisive action by both humanitarian and development actors.

The report analyses the complex causes of forced migration and its consequences and impacts on displaced populations, their hosts and humanitarian actors. It looks at the significant gaps in humanitarian protection for ever-increasing numbers of forced migrants who do not fit into conventional categories of protection, and the public health challenges caused by forced displacement, particularly for women, children and those with mental ill-health problems. It examines the ‘urbanization’ of forced migration, the role of climate change and environmental factors in forced displacement and how new communications, information and social networking technologies are reshaping the links between aid providers and migrants. It also tracks humanitarian funding for forcibly displaced populations, as well as the positive and negative economic impacts they have on host communities and countries.

The report is also available as a complete PDF document in English; alternatively, readers can access individual chapters via the special microsite established for WDR2012.  Also available is a “data dashboard,” with statistical figures for specific disasters and their consequences, and a video section.

Summaries of the report can be retrieved in Arabic, French, and Spanish.