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Jul 31, 2015
In the midst of armed conflict, when civilians face targeted attacks, are trapped in the midst of active fighting, or find themselves cut off from essential aid, what are the options to come to their aid? In response to the increased risks facing civilian populations in several conflict contexts, InterAction and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), facilitated a roundtable discussion to evaluate scenarios including evacuations, safe havens, and no-fly zones. Roundtable participants included policymakers at the State Department, Department of Defense, senior congressional staff, policy advisors at humanitarian agencies, prominent researchers and human rights advocates, UN personnel, and various elements of the U.S. Armed Services. To ground the discussion, the roundtable focused on recent and current experiences in several contexts, including the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria. Participants considered political, legal, and operational questions relevant to proposed scenarios to assist at-risk civilians, resulting in common themes necessary to consider before intervening in today’s complex crises.
Jul 24, 2015
Jul 16, 2015
Dr. Joan Clos of UN-Habitat opened and chaired the first IASC Principals meeting held in the global South in Nairobi on 21 May 2015. The meeting provided an opportunity for the incoming Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC), Mr. Stephen O’Brien, to meet with the IASC Principals.The agenda was structured around three broad areas: addressing vulnerability in the Horn of Africa, progress in three of the five IASC priorities (Revitalizing Principled Humanitarian Action; Humanitarian Financing; and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse), and expectations from the Secretary-General’s World Humanitarian Summit. The theme of urbanization underpinned the discussions.  There was also a timely discussion on migration against the backdrop of the upsurge of boats of migrants on perilous journeys in the Mediterranean and Andaman seas.On 22 May, the Principals met with a wide range of local and regional NGO and civil society actors to discuss regional humanitarian trends and the urban dimension of protracted conflicts. 
Jun 11, 2015
CRS’ work on evaluative thinking is nascent yet aligns well with the agency’s guiding principles. Our hunch is that the growing discourse on complexity in development provides an opportunity for all individuals engaged in development programming to view themselves not merely as “aid deliverers” but more valuably as “reflective practitioners” supporting longer-term sustainability and responsible innovation. This presentation by Guy Sharrock of Catholic Relief Services touches briefly on the wider context as a backdrop to this work; how CRS understands the notion of evaluative thinking and a brief mention of some of the work CRS is doing. This presentation was made during the second webinar in a learning and knowledge management webinar series. The webinar took place on June 10, 2015. 
Jun 11, 2015
Lutheran World Relief has experimented with several learning approaches and platforms with varying degrees of success. Three recent examples highlight how the relevance of the content to the participants in each approach has influenced its success. These examples highlight the concept of “nice to know” versus “need to know” and how that is related to relevance and the amount of facilitation needed to ensure success.This presentation was made by Garrett Schiche of Lutheran World Relief during the second webinar in a learning and knowledge management webinar series. The webinar took place on June 10, 2015. 
Jun 09, 2015
In recent years, Mercy Corps has invested significant resources towards the production of high quality evaluations and research, positioning itself as a research-driven, learning organization. Allocation of scarce resources demands greater capacity to learn, adopt and adapt lessons learned in evaluation and research. In light of this context, an assessment of how evaluation and research is accessed and utilized in Mercy Corps was conducted with an emphasis on key processes, enablers and constraints. This presentation by Anna Young of Mercy Corps and Brag Sagara of UC Berkeley was made during the first webinar in a learning and knowledge management webinar series. The webinar took place on May 21, 2015. 
Jun 09, 2015
The humanitarian landscape has changed dramatically over the past few years, bringing crises and conflict of increasing scale, severity, and complexity. Though more people are affected by humanitarian conflict and crisis than ever before, the humanitarian system is not able to meet these needs. One reason for this is that the humanitarian system does not adequately use available evidence in program design. The IRC has an ongoing organizational initiative called the Outcomes and Evidence Framework, which presents organizational priorities in terms of outcomes we seek to achieve (rather than interventions we seek to deliver) alongside the best available evidence we have for how to achieve them. This presentation by Anjuli Shivshanker of the International Rescue Committee was made during the first webinar in a learning and knowledge management webinar series. The webinar took place on May 21, 2015.