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BIARI 2015 – Summer Residential Scholarship Institute at Brown University

Brown University’s International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) initiative convenes participants from around the world to address pressing global issues through collaboration across academic, professional, and geographic boundaries. Applications are invited from early-career scholars and practitioners to participate in intensive, residential two-week institutes at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies.

THEME: Humanitarian Response and Post Conflict Reconstruction: Increasing effectiveness and accountability in the age of complex emergencies.

“Natural” disasters and political unrest pose chronic threats to human security. Separately or in tandem, they turn citizens into refugees and displaced people, stretch government capacity, and, increasingly, spark chronic disorder, instability or military conflict. What are the implications of complex emergencies, where natural and man-made factors combine, for the future of humanitarian action? This institute will convene an interdisciplinary and international group of academics and practitioners to develop better understanding of the underlying political, social, and environmental factors that affect human security before, during, and after humanitarian emergencies. Topics will include the effectiveness and sustainability of existing disaster preparedness systems in different regions; best practices in humanitarian assistance delivery, training and monitoring; and the politics of compassion in disaster and conflict zones. Discussions will focus in particular on the ethical issues that arise at the intersection of human security and humanitarian assistance; rights-based approaches to humanitarian relief; and the potential for new technologies to transform humanitarian response.

Thanks to generous support from Santander Universities, BIARI covers the full cost of tuition, meals, and university housing for the duration of the program, and air travel where institutional support is not available.

How to register:

To receive full consideration, all applications should be submitted by December 17, 2014, but applications will be accepted through January.

The online application process is now open through the BIARI website: watson.brown.edu/biari

For questions, please contact: biari@brown.edu

Registration deadline: 18 Jan 2015 Training date: 06 Jun 2015 to 20 Jun 2015


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Geneva 2015 Special Workshop on Islamic Law, Terrorism, and Counterterrorism

In light of developments in Syria, Iraq, Mali, and elsewhere, with hostilities between Islamist armed groups and states and other entities becoming more heated, the relevant questions for the humanitarian community regarding Islamic Law and applicable international legal frameworks have moved well beyond humanitarian access negotiations. The use of armed force both by and against Islamist groups has increased. This alters the dynamic of conflict situations, affecting the nature of humanitarian need as well as the possibilities to respond to it.

PHAP has been offering workshops on Islamic Law and Protection of Civilians for a number of years, including in Amman, Bangkok, and most recently London. The subject matter has covered topics such as state legitimacy, the distinction between combatants and civilians, targeting, and immunity of international aid workers under classical Islamic laws of war as well as under contemporary Jihadi fiqh; how these may be relevant in the context of humanitarian engagement with certain Islamist armed groups; and efforts to increase non-state armed groups’ respect for the protection of civilians. Participants have found the workshops particularly helpful in terms of better understanding the dynamics on the ground and learning from leading legal and policy experts as well as from the experiences of humanitarian field practitioners.

Satisfying and stimulating course. Hands down, brilliant.

  • Participant in previous Thematic Workshop on Islamic Law and Protection of Civilians

The speakers were excellent and engaged. Having professionals from the field and HQ come together and exchange views was enriching and helpful. The workshop on IHL and Islamic Law was very relevant and helps me to this date understand some of the dynamics on the ground much better.

  • Participant in previous Thematic Workshop on Islamic Law and Protection of Civilians

In collaboration with top experts in relevant fields, Naz Modirzadehand Prof. Andrew March, the focus of this year’s workshop has been updated to respond to recent developments. Looking not only at the Islamist groups’ relations to the norms of Islamic Law and of IHL, the workshop will also familiarize participants with the approaches of states in responding to armed actions of these groups, analyze states’ counterterrorism frameworks in relation to international humanitarian law (IHL), and assess the implications for humanitarian action.

The workshop will cover the following:

  • Brief primer on Islamic legal frameworks, including key concepts, sources, and theological foundations.
  • Examination of how “Islamist” armed groups frame their actions in terms of Islamic law, and reviewing statements from groups claiming to adhere to Islamic Law, with the aim of better understanding their approaches.
  • Analysis of state approaches to counterterrorism in terms of the use of lethal force – looking in particular at examples of US approaches in different contexts, the French approach in Mali and the broader region, the situation in Syria, and other examples – and the relationship between states’ counterterrorism frameworks and the international law of armed conflict (LOAC)/ international humanitarian law (IHL).
  • In the context of the above, looking at rapidly evolving policy and legal discussions regarding key developments, such as international and national measures against so-called “foreign fighters” as well as the variety of regulatory processes being established to combat the channeling of financial and other support to listed terrorist entities and individuals.
  • Throughout the above discussions, highlighting the current and potential future implications for humanitarian action in its various forms.

The workshop will serve as an intensive review of the relevant legal and policy frameworks (Islamic Law, Islamist armed group statements, UN and state counterterrorism law and policies, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, etc.), as well as an advanced discussion of current developments in terrorism and counterterrorism, the use of force in this context, and the implications in terms of humanitarian need and response, as well as humanitarian advocacy efforts.

The primary intended audience includes experienced humanitarian law and policy advisors, managers of UN and NGO humanitarian operations in relevant contexts, and government officials, including both diplomatic and military personnel. Other interested individuals are also welcome to apply.

Note that, for this special workshop, prior participation in a Core Professional Training Course on Humanitarian Law and Policy is not required, although strongly recommended. Prior to the workshop, all participants will be granted access to the PHAP Online Course on the Essentials of International Humanitarian Law in order to ensure a shared baseline understanding of core IHL concepts prior to the event, to further add to the richness of the discussion.

PHAP is pleased to be able to offer a special live online briefing with experts Naz Modirzadeh and Andrew March to introduce the workshop agenda in more detail, explain the scope and rationale behind the development of the program, and answer questions from prospective participants. The online event will take place on Tuesday, 16 December 2014. It will be open to the public – however, advance registration is advised. Please sign up at phap.org/16Dec2014. A recording of the briefing will be available afterwards, exclusively to PHAP members in good standing.

How to register:

Please use this application form to apply for the training event.

The course is open to PHAP members and to non members. PHAP members enjoy tuition fee discounts, among other benefits. If you are not yet a member of PHAP, you can apply for membership and the selected training simultaneously through the same form

Registration deadline: 18 Mar 2015 Training date: 19 Mar 2015 to 20 Mar 2015


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e-Learning programme in Development Evaluation

NICEF and IOCE, under the EvalPartners, initiative, are pleased to announce a new introductory e-Learning programme on Development Evaluation.

This e-Learning programme is composed of an introductory class, fixed courses, independent units and a create your own course option:

Fixed courses

Custom course

In addition, you can also create your own e-Learning course on « Introduction to Development Evaluation » by selecting the ten units (out of the courses available) that are the most relevant to your work.

Take few units

  • If you wish to take a few units and not an entire course, please click here to REGISTER and take the units. However, you will not be able to print out a certificate.

The e-Learning programme is free and open to all interested people. You may attend virtually from your personal or work computer anywhere in the world. The course includes online lectures, requested reading material, and simple multiple-choice tests. Participants also have the opportunity to engage in an online discussion forum. At the end of each course, if 80% of the answers on the multiple-choice test are correct, participants will be able to print out a certificate of « virtual » attendance.
The courses will be opened three times per year:

  • 23 September 2014 – 19 January 2015
  • 27 January 2015 – 18 May 2015
  • 26 May 2015 – 17 September 2015

إن الدورة التعليمية باللغة العربية حول تقييم التنمية سوف تكون مفتوحة امام الطلاب ابتداء من 1 تموز/ يوليو ولغاية 17 أيلول/سبتمبر 2015. ملاحظة: تتألف الدورة من ثماني وحدات. لانجاز الدورة، يجب دراسة المواد والنجاح في الوحدات الثمانية. في حال عدم التمكن من القيام بذلك قبل موعد إغلاق الفترة الأكاديمية، يفقد المشترك كل علاماته التي أحرزها ويتوجب عليه البدء من جديد من الوحدة الأولى عندما يقرر إعادة الدخول إلى الدورة.

These new e-Learning courses have been developed as a pilot. The lectures are the edited versions of recorded webinars. The aim is to further improve the courses based upon the feedback received by participants

How to register:

Please visit: http://mymande.org/elearning


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Fundraising : La Recherche de financement pour les organisations sans but lucratif en Afrique

Formateur: Africa Label Group

Pourquoi cette formation?

La crise financière internationale et d’autres phénomènes rendent de plus en plus difficile l’accès aux financements des bailleurs de fonds. Les acteurs non étatiques: ONG et associations de diverses catégories éprouvent des difficultés pour trouver des financements nécessaires à la réalisation de leurs projets. Même dans les conditions normales, accéder à ces financements étaient assujettis à la bonne connaissance des pratiques, des priorités et des mécanismes qui régulent le fonctionnement des organismes d’aide. Les agences de développement, qu’il s’agisse de coopération bilatérale, d’organismes de développement international, de fondations philanthropiques, d’ONG internationales ou de programmes régionaux, ont leurs méthodes qu’il est important de connaitre pour espérer bénéficier de leur appui. Ces méthodes et priorités changent d’année en année. Tel est le cas de l’Union Européenne, de l’USAID, de la Banque Mondiale, de la Banque Africaine de Développement et de plusieurs autres donateurs.

Les participants à cette formation vont:

  • Connaitre les différents types de donateurs internationaux
  • Apprendre les conditions de base à remplir par les demandeurs pour avoir accès aux donateurs
  • Explorer les outils et les méthodes de recherche de financement dans le contexte de l’Afrique
  • Comprendre les relations à entretenir avec les donateurs internationaux
  • Développer leur compétence en communication institutionnelle.

Qui peut participer à cette formation:

La formation sur le fundraising pour les acteurs sans but lucratif en Afrique s’adresse prioritairement:

  • Aux premiers responsables des ONG et Associations africaines
  • Aux Directeurs de programmes
  • Aux membres de la direction des structures associatives (groupements, syndicat, organisation syndicale, institut de recherche, etc…)
  • A toute personne qui désire connaitre les techniques et stratégie de recherche de financement pour les acteur sans but lucratif.

Contenu de la formation:

  1. Typologie et caractéristiques des donateurs
  • Qui sont les donateurs ?
  • Les catégories de donateurs
  • Modes d’intervention des agences donatrices
  • Où trouver les partenaires financiers pour les projets
  1. Organisation et image du chercheur de financement
  • Individu ou association ?
  • Se construire une image crédible
  • Les moyens pour convaincre
  • Financement pour quel projet ?
  • Que faire quand on est débutant?
  1. Outils et méthodes de fundraising
  • Les supports documentaires du fundraising
  • Les outils basés sur les Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication
  • Attirer les organismes philanthropiques en Europe et en Amérique du Nord
  1. Relations avec les donateurs
  • Les règles d’une communication efficace
  • Qu’attendent les donateurs de leurs assistances ?
  • La transparence comme règle d’or

Conditions de participation

  • Atelier présentielle (en salle)
  • Frais d’inscription: 35000F CFA (535 Euros), donnant droit à l’accès aux cours et à la documentation (remise de 10% en cas d’inscription de groupe, à partir de 2 personnes d’une même organisation)
  • Lieu de la formation: Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).
  • Date de la formation: 9, 10 & 11 Février 2015
  • Chaque inscription donne droit au manuel: Guide pratique du porteur de projet en Afrique
  • Inscription: Envoyer votre candidature à: formation@africalabel.com et azanga@africalabel.com

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Leadership for Resilience Workshop

Do concerns about economic, social, or environmental adversities such as climate change sometimes overwhelm you? You can learn how to better manage your response to adversities in ways that lead to greater health, confidence, and effectiveness. The Leadership for Resilience Workshop will give you the skills you need to flourish and thrive in both your work and life.

This highly interactive workshop will help people working in the public, non-profit, and private sectors learn how to use simple neuroscience-based skills to cope with the stressors of everyday life, as well as the chronic trauma and stress caused by climate change. You will learn to cultivate resilience that will enhance both personal and collective well-being. You will be able to weather life’s storms in a calm and confident way and see adversity as a catalyst to learn and grow.

Participants will:

  • Learn how our bodies naturally enter a state of hyperarousal when we experience actual or perceived adversity.
  • Understand the effects of hyperarousal on individual and group perception, problem solving, behavior, and health, and their associated social outcomes.
  • Explore how rising levels of climate change-enhanced trauma and stress affects individuals, groups, and society.
  • Develop skills to enhance your capacity to stay calm in the midst of stressful or traumatic situations and use adversity as a catalyst to identify and attain new options.
  • Examine the personal, organizational, and community benefits of enhanced self-care and resilience.

What Type of Resilience Skills Will Participants Learn?

  • Somatic (body-based) calming techniques: Tracking, Grounding, and Resourcing.
  • Mindfulness (awareness-based) centering skills including Mindful Breathing, Mindful Eating, Mindful Movement, Altruism, and Moral Strength techniques.
  • Cognitive (thought-based) coping skills such as the ABC Model of Calm Thinking.
  • Strength (innovation-based) skills such as Adversity-based Growth.

Who should attend?

  • Child, family, mental and behavioral health, and other social service providers as well as K-12 and higher education personnel who interact with people experiencing chronic trauma and stress.
  • Public health, emergency management, police and fire personnel, as well as clergy, chaplains, and others who are front-line responders in natural disasters and other emergencies.
  • Business and civic leaders who work in stressful situations or are charged with maintaining services during crisis..
  • Public, private, and non-profit social justice, environmental, and social change leaders and program staff who sometimes feel overwhelmed by what they see and experience.

Cost$470- $520 includes room and board for single or double room. Commuter rate: $400.

Event websitehttp://www.garrisoninstitute.org/component/civicrm/?task=civicrm/event/info&reset=1&id=536&Itemid=534


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