Dear Humanitarian Encyclopedia friends and followers,
It’s Summer time and many of you will enjoy some Holidays.
Meanwhile the Humanitarian Encyclopedia team is preparing a regional workshop tour, gathering humanitarian practitioners in Asia (India and Malaysia), Africa (Mali and Kenya) and Middle East (Lebanon and Iraq) from August to September.
A real opportunity for every humanitarian practitioner to shape her/his humanitarian encyclopedia.
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Enjoy a well deserved break!
Your Humanitarian Encyclopedia Team
On the occasion of its 35th anniversary, the organization Handicap International changed its name to become Humanity & Inclusion. Being part of HI’s network, the Foundation also changed its name.
The HI Institute on Humanitarian Action is a great partner and supporter of the Humanitarian Encyclopedia.
Dr Nathalie Herlemont – Director of the HI Foundation – has recently be nominated as co-chair of the Advisory Board of the HE. HI Foundation will also greatly support the organisation of two workshops in Iraq, scheduled for September 2018.
Go and read their annual report – freshly released!- you will see their new logo, and another one (tree shape)… that probably looks familiar.
On June 21st, longest day of the year, the Humanitarian Encyclopedia team was delighted to welcome 11 workshop participants at CERAH to test for the first time the 8 hours workshop format based on a rigorous and replicable methodology.
It was a rich session for participants as well as organisers. It gave us the opportunity to improve the format and fine tune content for the first regional workshops that will be held in India and Malaysia early August.
We thank all the participants for their motivation, their excellent work and contribution!
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Are you a Humanitarian Practitioner?
Come and join us on June 21 st for an interactive workshop
It will be an opportunity to :
- Define the Encyclopedia’s structure. Participants will be invited to shape their own Humanitarian Encyclopedia, using the terminology they use in their daily practices
- Explore how concepts are differently framed in different languages
- Assess YOUR expectations and needs towards the contents of the Humanitarian Encyclopedia
- Investigate how Humanitarian practitioners can become active users and contributors to this living repository of humanitarian knowledge.
WHO? We are looking for Humanitarian Practitioners
WHEN? THURSDAY, JUNE 21st
from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
WHERE? CERAH – 22 Rue de Rothschild – 1202 Geneva
Places are limited; candidatures will be checked upon registration
Have you ever been left with the impression that, while we all use the same words in the humanitarian sector, they don’t have the same meaning to all of us? To analyse this diversity of “humanitarian languages”, the Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH) and its partners are launching an Encyclopedia for Humanitarian Action.
To explore what humanitarian practitioners perceive as priority concepts, we are launching a consultative survey.
The survey is available here.
This survey will contribute to the selection of the entries of the Humanitarian Encyclopedia. By answering the survey, you will ensure that the Humanitarian Encyclopedia addresses your priorities and you will contribute to defining the structure of the Encyclopedia. When answering the questions, please refer to your current experience as aid worker. Quotes may be cited anonymously in the report.
The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to be filled. It is part of a four stage participatory approach to select the entries of the Humanitarian Encyclopedia.
Together with Dr Simone Lucatello and Dr Oscar Gomez, Dr Clara Egger will chair a Global South Workshop entitled « Humanitarian institutions in/and Global South: contestation, translation or regionalization? ». The proposal put together by Dr Clara Egger received the award of the ISA International Organization section ($ 5000).
The main objective of the workshop is to understand how Global South organizations conceptualize humanitarian action and relate to Western-led humanitarian institutions. Clara will present insights from the Humanitarian Encyclopedia Humanitarian Organization Dataset whereas Simone will analyse narratives about humanitarian action in Latin America and Oscar, local perceptions of human security in the ASEAN+3.
Close to 15 participants coming from various world regions will present how humanitarian institution in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe engage in humanitarian action. Follow up activities will include a panel at the International Humanitarian Studies Association upcoming world Congress in the Hague (27-29th August).
The CERAH took part in ICVA’s Annual Conference “Navigating the Nexus: NGO Perspectives”.
On 21st March, we presented the Humanitarian Encyclopedia project at the Members’ Market Place.
It was a great opportunity to hear more about this exciting project and tell us how you would wish to be involved.
TDH is one of the key partners for the Humanitarian Encyclopedia Project. After the mobilization of their entire staff, of which 90% are nationals, for the online consultative survey , they invited us to join their MENA Regional workshop (Budapest – 05th to 09th March 2018).
During one day TDH delegates shared and confronted their perspectives regarding the most salient terms for their organization.
The workshop allowed participants to discuss their understanding of key concepts and confront this with the reality of operations.
They gained a better comprehension of how key concepts are apprehended by major donors and other key stakeholders in the MENA region.
This workshop was also an opportunity to identify key concepts the institution would wish to work on in the medium-term.
On 5-6 March, Dr Edith Favoreu, Humanitarian Encyclopedia Knowledge Manager will be attending the DIHAD conference. She will be panellist in a session on “Emergency Aid; development and conflict prevention”. If you are also attending the DIHAD conference, please contact us in order to schedule a meeting with her, discussing how you can be involved in the Humanitarian Encyclopedia Project.
During a 1h30 workshop, 25 participants coming from different humanitarian organisations and organisations playing a role in humanitarian response identified the concepts they would include in a resource seeking to clarify the terminology used in the humanitarian sector.
Taking the example of resilience, the most frequently mentioned concept, they then reflected on the type of information they would like to find in such a resource. This includes:
- A clear definition
- Whether the term is specific to the humanitarian sector or not
- Sectoral definitions of the term
- Some indicators which could explain how resilience is measured by different organizations
- Related terms
- Conflictual and-or opposite terms
- Links to institutions which use and work a lot on resilience
- Concrete operational examples related to the concept
- Data visualization.
Finally, participants started to identify terms associated with resilience (e.g. business continuity management; prevention; preparedness; Capacity building) and contradictory terms (e.g. dependency; aid).