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The New Humanitarian
52 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
RH Episode 10 | The magic wand episode
In every episode of the Rethinking Humanitarianism podcast, we ask our guests what they would do if they had millions of dollars – or perhaps a magic wand – to transform the way the world responds to people in need. We’ve heard a panoply of pitches: from politicians sleeping in refugee camps to a global fund for social protection, from networked humanitarianism to the merger of UN agencies. Now, as a wrap-up to our first season (don’t fret, we’ll be back), host Heba Aly puts these ideas to three people in positions to enact change: Valerie Nkamgang Bemo, Deputy Director, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Raouf Mazou, Assistant High Commissioner for Operations, UN Refugee Agency Per Olsson Fridh, Minister for International Development Cooperation, Sweden Listen in to hear which ideas pass muster and which get a hard “no”. Podcast in partnership with the Center for Global Development.
100 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
TNH Events | Crises to Watch 2021
COVID-19 dominated headlines in 2020. The pandemic shocked the world, exacerbating existing crises, overshadowing new ones, and creating all kinds of knock-on health, economic and social effects. Against the backdrop of 2020, what can we expect in the year ahead? What will be the continued fallout from COVID-19? What other crises and trends are on the horizon? For this online conversation, explored our annual Crises to Watch list and asked leading thinkers in the humanitarian space what should demand our attention. - Heba Aly, Director, The New Humanitarian (moderator) - Eilidh Kennedy, Director, IARAN- Julia Sanchez, Secretary General, ActionAid - Sherine El Taraboulsi-McCarthy, PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute - Sudhanshu Shekhar Singh, Founder, Humanitarian Aid International - Comfort Ero, Program Director, Africa, International Crisis Group
63 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
RH Episode 9 | Inside the donor mindset
So in this episode of Rethinking Humanitarianism, host Heba Aly sits down with donors to talk about humanitarian reform priorities from their vantage point – and how funding policies can be part of the problem. Aly, director of The New Humanitarian, talks with Michael Koehler, deputy director general of the European Commission’s humanitarian aid arm ECHO, and Ruairí De Búrca, director general of Irish Aid, to find out what it’s like to be in their shoes: what does the political economy of UN reform and localisation look like from a donor perspective; and how would they address rising needs at a time of likely shrinking donor budgets?
48 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
RH Episode 7 | Aid’s climate challenge
What is the role of a $25 billion humanitarian aid industry in a trillion dollar problem? The size of the challenge is well beyond the humanitarian system. So what kind of rethink is necessary for the way aid agencies work in the face of this impending threat? To answer that question, TNH Director Heba Aly is joined by Paul Knox Clarke, the former head of research at the humanitarian network ALNAP who is now heading up the Complex Humanitarian Crises initiative, and Donna Lagdameo, the senior policy adviser and Asia Pacific focal point for the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre.
51 minutes | Jan 6, 2021
RH Episode 7 | Decolonising aid
The police killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and several other Black Americans forced many around the world to look introspectively and critically at systemic power imbalances. The aid sector was no exception, with growing calls for it to be decolonised. But movements often falter when it comes time for policy change. Now comes the hard part for both the humanitarian sector and for its critics. How does this dialogue begin to move from slogans to actual change?
59 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
RH Episode 6 | Multilateral reform
As we close out a year in which the UN marked its 75th anniversary, we’re taking a hard look at whether reform of multilateral agencies has a chance. Two guests with extensive backgrounds in diplomacy and international service are joining co-hosts Heba Aly and Jeremy Konyndyk on this sixth episode of Rethinking Humanitarianism, the podcast series exploring the future of aid. Fabrizio Hochschild-Drummond, UN under secretary general and special advisor on the UN 75th anniversary, looks at areas of resistance as well as progress in the reform agenda, drawing on his long experience within the UN and in the field. Ambassador Hesham Youssef, a career diplomat with the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and now a senior fellow at the US Institute of Peace, discusses power and the influence of southern blocs over the reform process and political agendas. Join them in this episode to delve into just what it is about the governance and power structures of multilateral agencies that makes reform so difficult.
55 minutes | Dec 9, 2020
RH Episode 5 | Money talks
So many of the day-to-day realities of the humanitarian sector are driven by money: who gets it, how it's distributed, and what it's intended for. Who benefits from the current models of financing aid? Can alternatives – from local pooled funds to private sector infrastructure – provide better value for money and better outcomes for people affected by crises? What gets in the way of change? In this episode, we dive into how mistrust, monopolies, and perverse incentives are shaping humanitarian response.
54 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
RH Episode 4 | The future of aid
Refugees from Ethiopia are currently fleeing across the border into Sudan. If this crisis plays out like many do, big aid agencies will soon begin setting up shop, organising camps, handing out food and water, and leading an organised response to those refugees. But what if things were done differently? In this episode, Jeremy and Heba talk to three disruptors about their visions for alternative humanitarian action: Muthoni Wanyeki, the Regional Director for Africa at the Open Society Foundations; Paul Currion, recovering aid worker and reluctant innovator; and Simon O'Connell, the former head of Mercy Corps UK who is about to take on a role as CEO of SNV, an international development organisation based in The Netherlands.
48 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
RH Episode 3 | US election special
After a few torturous days of suspense, Joe Biden was declared the winner of the US presidential elections. In his victory speech, Biden said he seeks “to make America respected around the world again”. But how will the Biden administration show up in the world? Is this an opportunity to reimagine US foreign policy and its humanitarian implications? Join host Heba Aly for a special US election edition of Rethinking Humanitarianism, with guest Sarah Margon, director of US Foreign Policy at the Open Society Foundations.
49 minutes | Nov 4, 2020
RH Episode 2 | Humanitarianism: the making of
If aid were a superhero, what would its origin story sound like? Which problems was it initially set up to solve and how are they different from the problems today? The answers to these questions should help us understand why efforts at reform have fallen short in the past.
42 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
RH Episode 1 | COVID-19 and BLM: A new era for aid?
In this episode, we ask whether COVID-19 is a wake-up call to rethink humanitarianism. Join hosts Heba Aly, director of The New Humanitarian, and Jeremy Konyndyk, senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development, as they explore what change is possible, and what has been achieved. For our first guest this series, we are pleased to pick the brains of Danny Sriskandarajah, chief executive of Oxfam Great Britain, who will help us frame current events and pick apart what change in the aid sector might look like.
3 minutes | Oct 15, 2020
Introducing Rethinking Humanitarianism
Rethinking Humanitarianism is a new podcast series from The New Humanitarian and the Center for Global Development. Join hosts Heba Aly and Jeremy Konyndyk as they explore the future of humanitarian aid at a critical time of transformation. New episodes every fortnight from Wednesday 21 October.
41 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
Jessica Alexander talks to the Rethinking Development Podcast
Tune in to the Rethinking Development podcast's new episode with The New Humanitarian. In conversation with Jessica Alexander, the editor of The New Humanitarian's #RethinkingHumanitarianism series.
119 minutes | Jun 22, 2020
TNH Events | When the West falls into crisis
The globalisation of vulnerability – made clear by the coronavirus pandemic and a global anti-racism movement – is putting into question traditional conceptions of humanitarian aid too. As suffering and violations of rights in the West become more visible, it’s hard to argue that “we” are helping “them”. And many of those communities in need are looking for social justice and functioning institutions, not bags of rice and plastic sheeting. Will this historic moment force a rethink of international solidarity? With food for thought from Washington, DC and New York: - Candace Rondeaux, who spent years as an analyst with the International Crisis Group before joining the Center on the Future of War and New America’s International Security Program as senior fellow. - Award-winning writer and filmmaker Uzodinma Iweala, CEO of The Africa Center. - Aid worker and member of Black Women in Development, Angela Bruce-Raeburn, regional advocacy director for Africa at the Global Health Advocacy Incubator. - Abby Maxman, CEO of Oxfam America. And additional insights from Nairobi and Geneva: - Cartoonist and political commentator Patrick Gathara. - Degan Ali, CEO of Adeso. - Humanitarian foresight advisor Aarathi Krishnan. Moderated by: - Heba Aly, Director of The New Humanitarian
57 minutes | Mar 26, 2020
TNH Events | How will COVID-19 impact crisis zones?
Aid agencies are scrambling to adapt as the COVID-19 pandemic is felt throughout the world. The New Humanitarian's Senior Editor Ben Parker discusses some of the most pressing issues with leading experts and practitioners from across the humanitarian sector: Jeremy Konyndyk, Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development Virginie Lefèvre, Program and Partnerships Coordinator, Amel Association Suze van Meegen, Advocacy Manager, Norwegian Refugee Council in Somalia Karl Blanchet, Director, Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH) How will COVID-19 impact crisis-affected and already-vulnerable communities? How is the humanitarian sector adjusting to life under the shadow of a new global pandemic? Where should priorities lie? And what does this crisis reflect about the changing face of vulnerability?
21 minutes | Jul 30, 2018
Archive | Cameroon's separatist militia
The New Humanitarian brings you an inside look at the conflicts and natural disasters that leave millions of people in need each year, and the policies and people who respond to them. Join our journalists in the aid policy hub of Geneva and in global hotspots to unpack the stories that are disrupting and shaping lives around the world.
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