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 TNH’s 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.
Weapons as aid? | RH Bonus edition
47:05Calls for arms to take precedence over humanitarian assistance in Ukraine are driving renewed discussions over the limits of aid neutrality. In this pop-up episode of the Rethinking Humanitarianism podcast, host Heba Aly sits down with Yevhenia Cravchuk, a Ukrainian member of parliament, Ukrainian first aid responder Fedir Serdiuk, and Robert Mardini, the director-general of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Is Ukraine a game-changer for aid and the private sector? RH Davos Special
37:13Russia's invasion has led to unprecedented levels of humanitarian support from big business. Leaders from the political and business world gathered in Davos, Switzerland in late May for the annual World Economic Forum, where the war in Ukraine topped the agenda. Since the start of the Russian invasion, companies have donated more than $1.4 billion in cash to support the humanitarian response, in addition to many other forms of assistance. In this special episode, host Heba Aly explores whether the crisis in Ukraine is a game-changer for private sector engagement in humanitarianism. Guests: Valerie Beaulieu, Adecco; Kareem Elbayar, Connecting Business Initiative.
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Ukraine & Beyond: Whose suffering counts? | TNH Event
1:04:58The New Humanitarian hosted a debate on media coverage of humanitarian crises and why Ukraine has dominated Western media since the start of the war. Speaking with four panelist, TNH CEO Heba Aly discussed why some crises get more attention than others and what that tells us about our inherent biases. Panel guests: Patrick Gathara, media critic; Hugo Slim, humanitarian ethicist; Mel Bunce, City, University of London; Mustafa Alio, managing director R-SEAT.
The dangers of border technology for refugees | Fixing Aid
23:11How are mass surveillance, biometric data, and other high-tech border measures affecting refugees and migrants? In this episode of Fixing Aid, host Alae Ismail speaks to a Latinx community organiser and migration researchers on the use of border and surveillance technology aimed at stopping refugees and migrants from crossing European and American borders. She also hears from people on the move who share what it feels like to be watched and tracked at all times. Guests: Cinthya Rodriguez, national organiser at Mijente; Niamh Ni Bhriain, War and Pacification coordinator at the Transnational Institute; Petra Molnar, lawyer associated with the Migration and Technology Monitor and associate director of the Refugee Law Lab at York University.
Is it possible to predict future forced displacement? | Fixing Aid
21:25Is it possible to accurately predict how many people will be forcibly displaced in the future? If so, how might this help aid responses? In this episode of Fixing Aid, host Alae Ismail speaks to the Danish Refugee Council about the prediction tool they’ve developed with tech company IBM. Exploring both its potential and its limitations, she also hears from a Sahelian pastoralist organisation and a Syrian campaigner about the implications more precise forecasting has for providing better aid to people in need. Guests: Alexander Kjærum, global adviser and senior analyst at the Danish Refugee Council; Jade Kahhaleh, coordinator at WeExist; Leila Adamou Arouna of Réseau Billital Maroobè.
Do tech-based tools help or hinder the Ukrainian aid response? | Fixing Aid
21:52Is there a better way to organise the many tech-based tools that popped up in Poland to help refugees from Ukraine? In this episode of Fixing Aid, host Alae Ismail hears from a Ukrainian refugee there about her difficulties in getting information and support to rebuild her life, and talks to a tech entrepreneur trying to help. Ismail also speaks to a non-profit that matches NGOs with pro bono tech support, and with an aid agency receiving this assistance. Guests: Michal Czekalski, CEO of Dialo; Zuzanna Gutkowska, NGO relations manager at Tech to the Rescue; Joanna Kucharczyk of Polish Humanitarian Action.
Can blockchain help fix the I.D. problem for a billion people? | Fixing Aid
22:20Is there an efficient and secure way for refugees and others who have had to leave their homes and documents behind to establish and access digital I.D.s? In this episode of Fixing Aid, host Alae Ismail hears from a student who had to flee Sudan without I.D. papers and how that complicated his journey towards claiming asylum. She also speaks to two blockchain technology startups that are working in humanitarian environments to try to create secure methods to access identification. Guests: Khalid Maliki, co-founder of Tykn; Sharanya Thakur, project manager at Gravity.
How this Afghan-led business pivoted to emergency aid | Fixing Aid
24:05When you’re a member of the diaspora community, it can feel helpless watching a crisis unfold in your home country. In this episode of our podcast series, Fixing Aid, host Alae Ismail explores how a diaspora-led business turned global concern into emergency aid – delivered straight to families in the middle of Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis. Guest: Nasrat Khalid, founder of Aseel; Ihsan Hasaand, lead distributor Aseel
Finding better ways for people to give feedback | Fixing Aid
25:53Why’s it so difficult for people who need aid to give feedback on what they’ve received – or what they really need? In the first episode of the new podcast series Fixing Aid, host Alae Ismail hears from individuals in Somalia, the Philippines, and Zambia about their frustrations, and explores how existing technologies are being used to address their concerns. Guests: Alex Carle, founder of Loop; Nanette Antequisa, executive director of Ecoweb.
Trailer: Fixing Aid
1:47The New Humanitarian is launching a new 6-episode podcast series exploring innovations across the emergency aid sector. Hosted by award-winning innovations expert Alae Ismail, each episode will focus on people, projects, organisations, or start-ups working in new and creative ways to improve the lives of those affected by conflict and disaster. We will, of course, also be speaking to people on the receiving end of aid, to hear directly about the innovations they think could make things better.