What We Do
Mission: Enhance understanding of critical humanitarian issues around the world and support practical actions to address them.
Approach: Bring together experienced persons engaged in addressing critical issues - Facilitate a forum for discussion with global thought leaders - Support the efforts of affiliates in diverse fields in which they are making contributions - Undertake studies evaluations and consultancies - Offer training and mentoring.
ONGOING COURSES AND SEMINARS
- Seminar: Addressing the Impact and Trauma of Migration
- Persons living with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their human rights
RESOURCES/PUBLICATIONS/VIDEOS by HDPI affiliates
THE CAPABILITIES PROJECT - Living with special abilities
MAJOR ONGOING INIATIVES
- Support for agencies working with institutionalized and unaccompanied children in the UKRAINE emergency
- Collaboration with Special Olympics to provide training in refugee camps and local communities on persons living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- Haitians Helping Haitians support for communities after the Haitian earthquake
- Support to healthcare professionals and community members who work with persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities/Shariti Hospital, Tanzania
SOUND BITES FROM THE HDPI FORUM
Saulo Padilla, speaks on the Trauma of Migration for children
SOUND BITES FROM THE PATHFINDERS FORUM
Marie de la Soudiere speaks about reuniting unaccompanied children.
SOUND BITES FROM CHANGING PERCEPTIONS
Nils Kastberg discusses engagement with persons living with intellectual and developmental disabilities - at Shariti Hospital, Tanzania.
Engagements and Publications by Persons Affiliated with HDPI
HDPi consultants are providing intensive capacity-building for local civil organizations in children’s rights and inclusion framework in truth-seeking and reconciliation processes following the decades-long armed conflict in Sri Lanka.
Supporting social change and conflict reduction through trauma healing and community problem-solving
HDPI supports Wozo Haiti a locally developed, national organization which aims to generate positive social change and conflict reduction through trauma healing and community empowerment.
HDPI consultants provided training for faith leaders on basic tenents of international humanitarian law, human rights and child rights, youth leadership, conflict prevention, and reconciliation in conflict-affected communities in Eastern DRC and Burundi.
HDPI facilitated an inter-agency workshop in Kigali to improve emergency preparedness and response to cross-border movements of children in the Great Lakes Region
Provided strategic guidance and facilitation for the Government of Eritrea and their partners during the process to develop their process to develop a national strategy for water, sanitation, and hygiene for 2030.
HDPI provides ongoing strategic guidance and technical expertise to support the Childfund Alliance in developing child-friendly accountability programs to monitor progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal Target 16.2 (ending violence against children).
HDPI undertook a multi-country study to identify ways to strengthen UNDP’s early warning and early-response to crises across the globe.
HDPI consultants carried out ground-breaking research on stateless people and persons at risk of statelessness in Guinea Bissau. The study also assessed the impact of statelessness on fundamental rights, as well as the legal and administrative framework for preventing and reducing statelessness.
HDPI members supported big picture thinking on adapting the humanitarian system as part of planning inputs to the World Humanitarian Summits, and served as facilitators and rapporteurs of various consultations and meetings.
HDPI organized and conducted an evaluation of a post-earthquake trauma-healing and resilience program in Haiti.
HDPI convened a three-day consultation with pioneers in child protection in humanitarian crises from around the world. The consultation documented the evolution of child protection knowledge and best practice over the past few decades and chartered a vision for how the field can continue to evolve.
HDPI members helped facilitate an inter-agency mission to Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey to assess the situation of at-risk refugee and displaced children. Also consulted on emergency preparedness and response actions to the large-scale influx of unaccompanied children into the US.
HDPI developed guidance for the UAE Committee for Coordination of Humanitarian Foreign Aid on how to coordinate and organize humanitarian response programs.
HDPI Working Group on Ethical Decision Making Misinformation on the Internet – an Ethical Tool to Find the Way Forward To Regulate of Not to Regulate? The extraordinary power of the internet to spread information instantly, with little oversight or regulation, has meant that hate speech, intentional misinformation, fake news, and the purposeful spreading…
The Ethics of Sanctions (Summary of the latest thoughts by HDPI’s Ethical Decision-Making Group) If, as Carl von Clausewitz said, war is the continuation of politics by other means, then perhaps the adoption of sanctions is the prevention of war by economic means. In the last sixty years, economic and political sanctions have been imposed—unilaterally…
In November of 2019, HDPI convened some of the globe’s experts in child protection in humanitarian emergencies to discuss the origins, evolution, and future of the field. The convening was called the Pathfinders Dialogue and was made possible by the Oak Foundation. This is an excerpt from an interview with Everett Ressler, who had a long…
By Dr William Hawk, Fred Spielberg and Everett Ressler This op-ed was first posted in Global Geneva. As COVID-19 has shown, the first reaction of governments in a pandemic is to close borders. Indeed, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) prescription of “isolate, test, treat and trace” proves much easier if the influx of imported cases…
HDPI staff and affiliates have a joint call every other Thursday to discuss ongoing initiatives and to share knowledge from our diverse fields and experiences. The HDPI call on Thursday, 6th February focused on evaluation. Krishna Belbase, who joined HDPI recently made a brief presentation and led the discussion on the topic “Evaluation: Emerging Trends…
What happens after the bodies are counted, after the wounds are bandaged, after the world attention leaves to focus on the next global disaster? April 2015 Nepal, a small and peaceful country on the south side of the Himalayas, suffered a major earthquake that left close to 9,000 dead, hundreds of thousands with destroyed homes,…
In this video with BBC Media Action, HDPI Member Nigel Fisher speaks about the importance of listening to populations affected by humanitarian crises: “Actually, people who are affected by disasters, people living in communities and local organizations, they’re usually the first responders anyway. And quite often, what they think needs to be done may or…