Preface to the 2nd Edition of Managing Humanitarian Relief. This section discusses trends and developments that are affecting aid organizations globally. It sets a foundation for the book and is helpful for students, lecturers and practitioners alike in understanding the context in which disasters and reconstruction efforts occur.
Preface to the Humanitarian-Military Complex in Afghanistan. This brief introduction describes what it was like arriving in Afghanistan in late 2001 as an aid worker and how that led to the research that forms the basis of the book. Seems like yesterday...
Pre-assignment Assessment Questionnaire: This tool is designed to help (1) those considering work in a challenging environment to assess whether they are prepared and (2) to assist recruiters/hiring managers have an honest conversation with short-listed candidates to gauge their readiness for roles in remote, dangerous or similarly difficult situations.
What to Pack Checklist: There are many packing lists out there but most insult people's intelligence (do you really need to be reminded to pack your underwear?). Instead, it helps to think of a system of layers. This will help you deal loss of items and be resilient when things don't go according to plan.
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Peace and Conflict Studies: This course examines the complex series of overlapping subjects from a number of perspectives. It considers theory, historical cases, deep dives into different approaches and mindsets, culminating with workshops/simulations on negotiation and mediation. I've taught this course for a number of years at both the undergraduate and post-graduate levels.
NGO Management: The role of non-profits is often ignored but it represents an enormous area of employment, not to mention social impact while its challenges and complexities match those found in the commercial sector. This master's level course tackles this subject in a number of ways to prepare students for successful careers in leadership and management.
Humanitarianism: Humanitarianism is embedded in major headlines everyday - whether its the war in Syria, refugee crises in numerous countries or the latest natural disaster - yet the ethics, concepts and standards are poorly understood. The overall aim of this multidisciplinary master's level course is for students to learn and critically examine the evolution, functions, systems and challenges faced in the design, formation and implementation of international humanitarianism. Numerous alumni of this course are now applying what they've learned in small and large humanitarian disasters around the world.