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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.
 
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Calls 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 Mardi…
 
Russia'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 …
 
The 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; Hu…
 
How 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 …
 
Is 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 he…
 
Is 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…
 
Is 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…
 
When 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. Gue…
 
Why’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 thei…
 
The 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 …
 
In the final episode of Season 2 of the Rethinking Humanitarianism podcast, host Heba Aly sits down with UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths to discuss his priorities in the role, how he intends to address unequal power dynamics in the aid sector, the increasing influence of donors, and why humanitarians should push…
 
An economic crisis, compounded by COVID-19 and the 2020 Beirut port explosion, has left middle-class families in Lebanon without food, medicine, and fuel. They are now depending on NGOs to get by. In this episode, host Heba Aly looks at how humanitarians are being confronted with a new category of needs, and how it’s changing the way they have to r…
 
The major part of the humanitarian response at the Poland-Belarus border is provided by volunteers. In this episode, host Heba Aly speaks to a Polish activist leading the voluntary humanitarians, and the UN Refugee Agency on their role when it comes to providing humanitarian assistance in Europe. Guests: Anna Alboth, Polish activist with Grupa Gran…
 
Traditional funding can’t keep up with the growing amounts of humanitarian aid dollars needed to help people in crises around the world. In this episode, host Heba Aly speaks to three organisations who are meeting the funding crunch head-on by actively experimenting with different ways of financing their humanitarian programmes. Guests: Jahin Shams…
 
Big UN-led peace processes are struggling to address today’s more fragmented conflicts. In this episode, host Heba Aly explores whether hyper-local peace deals can be a viable alternative. Guests: Danjuma Dawop, local peacebuilder at Mercy Corps in Nigeria. Obi Anyadike, senior Africa editor at The New Humanitarian.…
 
In this episode, TNH CEO and podcast host Heba Aly discusses the difficult balancing act for aid agencies that want to speak out against government abuses in Ethiopia but are worried about the consequences of doing so on their perceived neutrality and their ability to continue delivering assistance to those who need it. Guests: Addis Ababa-based jo…
 
To what extent are massive relief operations contributing to climate-related crises? In this episode, TNH CEO and podcast host Heba Aly discusses the findings of The New Humanitarian’s eight-month investigation into the size of the aid industry’s carbon footprint. We also hear from two aid organisations trying to green their operations. Guests: Jou…
 
More than a year after the renewed push for racial justice, what progress has the humanitarian aid sector made? Amid the 2020 global movement for racial justice, aid organisations were criticised for their lack of diversity and colonial structures. Many published statements promising to do better. What tangible progress has the humanitarian aid sec…
 
Despite many years of reforms, progress towards more inclusive, efficient, and accountable humanitarian aid has been slow. But new recommendations, based on three years of research by the Centre for Global Development, propose four ways to more fundamentally reform the underlying architecture of the aid system. In this episode of the Rethinking Hum…
 
The so-called war on terror has forever changed how aid is delivered in conflict zones, and Afghanistan is the perfect case study. In the wake of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and the withdrawal of US and NATO forces, many aid organisations have temporarily halted their operations or withdrawn non-essential international staff, just as Afghan…
 
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 hu…
 
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 …
 
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