Addressing critical humanitarian & development issues
CARE ~ ENGAGE
EMPOWER ~ ACT
CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS FROM HDPI AFFILIATES
SEMINAR: MIGRATION - TRAUMA - RESILIENCE
13-14 June, 2023 Eastern Mennonite University
Traveling with former President Jimmy Carter
James Brasher, strategic development and global philanthropy
What We Do
To better understand critical humanitarian issues around the world, and to innovate and support practical actions to address them.
OUR UNIQUE APPROACH :
To Explore critical issues; Identify "experienced humanitarian "champions"; invite into a network of peers; facilitate cross-fertilization and exploration of issues; support affiliates initiatives; encourage innovative efforts; work together to provide services, consultancies, studies, and evaluations; support training, mentoring and courses led by affiliates.
What is the result of bringing together a network of persons with a lifetime of experience?
The emergence of a multidisciplinary caldron of thought, action and mutual support, building on a wide range of specializations,including:organization development and resource mobilization; program development and M&E; child protection and education; trauma & resilience; advocacy and support for persons with special capacities and needs; health and nutrition, emergency preparedness and recovery; forestry and national agriculture policy, as examples.
HDPI is a voluntary network of persons working for the common good and rights of all. Affiliates bring many years of experience - with UNICEF and other UN agencies, government, World Bank, foundations, academia, media and NGOs. HDPI has no political or sectarian affiliation and operates as a registered not-for-profit organization. It remains by design - modest in size, purposefully dynamic, collaborative, and innovative.
A weekly dialogue with global thought leaders on critical humanitarian issues.
- Human Rights at Crossroads – Iain Levine
- Peacebuilding – John Paul Lederach
- Prog/resources development –James Brasher
- Revisioning Education – Robert Jenkins
- Inhumanity – Nora Niland/Antonio Donini
- Ethiopia crisis – Angela Raven-Roberts
- Take Nothing for Granted – Peter Mulrean
- Youth Empowerment – Rob Barnet
- Children in Institutions –J. Rodgers/P. McDermott
- Violence reduction Honduras –Mark Connolly
- Complexity theory – Eve Mitleton-Kelly
- Humanitarianism in age of Atrocities - Mukesh Kapila
- Fundamentals – Everett Ressler
- Misinformation/fake news – Philip Howard
- Rt Hon Lord Mark Malloch-Brown KCMG
Michele KLEIN SOLOMON
Regional Director for Central and North America and the Caribbean, IOM
Specialized courses offered by HDPI affiliates based on years of experience in real world issues and interventions.
- Programme and Resource mobilization for CEO's and Board Members - Jim Brasher
- Living and Working with Persons Living with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - Nils Kastberg
- Addressing the Impact and Trauma of Migration - AITM - Elaine Zook Barge and Saulo Padilla
- New Forms of International Cooperation - Nils Kastberg
- Results-based M&E for Nutrition - K. Belbase
EXPLORE THE COURSES
Nils Kastberg, Instructor
Current HDPI Initiatives
- Understanding persons with mental syndromes and conditions (N.Kastberg & Working Group)
- Addressing the Impact of Trauma in Migration - AITM (7 person working group)
- Improving decision-making using ethical reasoning – 8KQ (6 person working groups)
- Support of child care reform (supporting a global effort)
- UKRAINE EMERGENCY - Supporting Lumos Foundation efforts to mobilize global actions on child care reform
- Collaboration with Special Olympics to provide training in refugee situations for persons living with and working with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- UNICEF NIGERIA - Supporting national efforts to reintegrate women and children previously taken in the Boko Haram conflict
- UNICEF Soloman Islands - Evaluating the national preschool education program.
Examples of Past Consultancies
- UNICEF Eritrea - National water policy
- Child Fund – Child accountability
- UNICEF Sri Lanka – Restorative justice
- UNICEF East Asia/Butan – report writing
- UNHCR Guinea Bissau – Statelessness
- UNICEF Mozambique – Child protection
- UNICEF USA – Psychosocial/COVID
- UNICEF MENARO - Preparedness
Publications by Persons Affiliated with HDPI
JUST RELEASED: Anticipate and Localize: Leveraging Humanitarian Funding To Create More Sustainable Food Systems
Anticipate and Localize: Leveraging Humanitarian Funding To Create More Sustainable Food Systems The report, “Anticipate and localize: Leveraging humanitarian funding to create more sustainable food systems,” identifies crucial reforms to humanitarian food aid that would improve response to crises, avert future crisis, and help build resilient, sustainable food systems. It is the first of three…
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.
Engaging faith leaders to promote human rights
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.
Facilitating inter-agency workshop on emergency preparedness and child rights
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
Advising the Government of Eritrea on their OneWASH strategic plan
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.
Strategic guidance for accountability to children affected by crises
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).
Leading international study on early-warning and early-response
HDPI undertook a multi-country study to identify ways to strengthen UNDP’s early warning and early-response to crises across the globe.
Study on statelessness and risks of statelessness in Guinea Bissau
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.
Planning and facilitation for the World Humanitarian Summit
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.
Evaluating post-earthquake programming
HDPI organized and conducted an evaluation of a post-earthquake trauma-healing and resilience program in Haiti.
Strategic consultations with ‘Pathfinders’ of Child Protection
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.
Emergency assessments for refugee and displaced children
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.
Strategic guidance on national humanitarian response policy
HDPI developed guidance for the UAE Committee for Coordination of Humanitarian Foreign Aid on how to coordinate and organize humanitarian response programs.
Capacity building for children’s rights in transitional justice processes in Sri Lanka
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.
Misinformation on the Internet – Working Group on Ethical Decision Making
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 of…
The Ethics of Sanctions
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…
Pathfinders in Child Protection: Everett Ressler
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…
COVID-19: The need for global solidarity and cooperation: Dr. William Hawk
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…
The future of humanitarian evaluation
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…
Rebuilding Schools – Rebuilding Communities In Nepal
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,…
Listening to the voices of local communities in humanitarian response
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…
Who We Are
A global network of experienced practitioners
Specializes in maintaining peace and security and protecting civilians in conflictRead More »
Specializes in results based monitoring and evaluation. Also, food and nutrition, security, and social protection.Read More »
Ms Bellamy was
previously a member of the New York State Senate, President of
the New York City Council, Director of the United States Peace
Corps, Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund
(UNICEE). and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Globa
Partnership for Education.
Specializes in Child protection, child rights and early childhood developmentRead More »
In the past decade, he has focussed on applying public health principles to reduce homicide and violence among young people, reducing risks, and increasing protection for children in migrations. For the past four years, he has amassed extensive experience in emergency preparedness and humanitarian response.Read More »
Marie de la Soudière
Specializes in family tracing and reunification, psycho-social reintegration of boys and girls formerly associated with armed forces and groups.Read More »
Diego Otegui Ph.D.
Specializes in the design and implementation of emergency management and humanitarian educational programs.Read More »
Specializes in strategic planning and humanitarian leadership, preparedness, resilience and sustainability.Read More »
Stephen Hanmer D’Elía
Specializes in child protection, forced migration, mental health & psychosocial support.Read More »
William J. Hawk
Specializes in practical ethics featuring an evidence-based ethical reasoning strategyRead More »
Victor P. Karunan, Ph.D.
Victor has over 35 years of professional experience in over 40 countries in both the Global North and Global South, with special focus on Child Rights and Child Development, Results-based Management, Social Policy, Adolescent Participation and Development.Read More »
Specializes in advocacy for persons living with mental conditions and syndromes with a focus on human rights and humanitarian action.Read More »
Thirty years of international development experience with UNAIDS, UNICEF, international development agencies and NGOs, including in countries with large humanitarian responses.Read More »
He is a Systems Engineer, with MSc Organizational Studies, PhD in Education/Social Sciences and also Doctoral Studies (PhD-C) in Human Sciences.Read More »
Peter Mulrean spent much of his diplomatic career working to make foreign policy and foreign assistance mutually reinforcing.Read More »
David L. Myers
David L. Myers has more than 40 years of leadership experience within faith-based, humanitarian, government, and philanthropic organizations.Read More »
Roger holds a master’s degree on Medical Demography from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of London.Read More »
Specializes in emergency preparedness, disaster risk reduction and resilienceRead More »
Angela Raven Roberts
Specializes in reunification of unaccompanied children, gender based violence, creation of safe spaces.Read More »
HDPi Executive Director, specializes in child protection and care and protection of unaccompanied children.Read More »
Fred Spielberg has over 30 years of experience in disaster and conflict settings, working with UN agencies, NGOs and philanthropic foundationsRead More »
Mr. Subbiah has operational responsibility for Regional integrated Multi-hazard Early warning System( RIMES ) for Africa and Asia Pacific region.Read More »
Carolyn works internationally as a consultant focused on peacebuilding, social
justice, political and humanitarian affairs, partnerships and resource mobilization.
Specializes in technical support for programming and policy to strengthen family care for children, preventing separation promoting family reunification.Read More »
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- addressing trauma and resilience needs in the migration/resettlement experience.
- supporting a global shift of family care rather than institutions
- changing mindsets to improve the rights and well-being of people living with mental syndromes and conditions, particularly in refugee setting
- enhance child protection and transitional processes in conflict situation,
- introducing an ethics-based framework for decision making
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