What's all this then?

Many aid workers keep online journals called web logs, or "blogs" for short. Blogs tend to be very personal, to present unabashedly biased opinions and to be much less formal than an organization's web site. Blogs are sometimes provocative, and some may make you feel uncomfortable -- you certainly won't agree with everything you read in blogs, including those produced by aid workers.

The AWN blog portal presents a range of aid worker-produced blogs from around the world. However, AWN is not responsible for the content of any of these blogs, and inclusion here on the AWN blog portal in no way endorses their content by AWN. If you disagree with what a blog has presented, by all means, write the blog author ("blogger") directly and let him or her know what you think.

If you would like to submit a blog by an aid, relief or development worker, please complete this form.

Tip of the Week! National Library Week Freebies

Forced migration blog - April 14, 2014 - 2:55pm
To commemorate National Library Week in the U.S., various publishers are offering U.S.-based users free access to some of their products from 13-19 April 2014, including:

Oxford University Press USA [access]
- "Libraries are a vital part of our communities - they feed our curiosity, bolster our professional knowledge, and provide a launchpad for intellectual discovery. In celebration of these cornerstone institutions, we are offering unprecedented free access to all our Online Resources [excluding journals] to support our shared mission of education." Check out the multi-disciplinary and law resources, in particular.

ProQuest [access]
- Five databases will be freely available this week.

SAGE [access]
- "Register for a free trial to any SAGE or CQ Press library product and you will automatically be entered to win a six-month subscription to that product. All you have to do to enter is sign up during National Library Week!"

I plan to explore these databases to see what relevant items can be retrieved, so I'll add some notes about my findings accordingly!

Tagged Tips.

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Thematic Focus: Children

Forced migration blog - April 14, 2014 - 2:55pm
"Asylum Seeker and Refugee Children Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Childhood Educator's Role," Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, vol. 39, no. 1 (March 2014) [free full-text]

Better Protection Needed for Migrant Children in Denmark (Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, March 2014) [text]

A Case Study on Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking Children in Sweden: Migration Patterns and Reasons, Bachelor's Thesis (Södertörn University, Spring 2013) [text]

Psychosocial Support for Youth in Post-Conflict Situations: A Trainer’s Handbook (IFRC, Feb. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

"What's going to happen tomorrow?": Unaccompanied Children Refused Asylum (Children's Commissioner, April 2014) [text]

See also recent posts on statelessness and detention.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Children (27 March 2014)

Tagged Publications.
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Regional Focus: Africa, esp. Somalis in Kenya

Forced migration blog - April 14, 2014 - 2:55pm

FY 2014 Funding Opportunity Announcement for NGO Programs Benefiting Refugees in Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Tanzania [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 13 May 2014.


Application of the UNHCR's "Ceased Circumstances" Cessation Clauses to the Rwandan Refugee Crisis, Undergraduate Honors Thesis (Duke University, June 2013) [text]

The Conflict, Disaster, and Displacement Nexus: Implications for Protection and Resilience in the Horn of Africa, New York, 3 April 2014 [info]
- Follow link for video of event.

Persecution through Prosecution: Possible Implications of Uganda’s Anti-gay Law for Kenya’s Asylum Space (Refugee Consortium of Kenya Blog, March 2014) [text]

"Political Refugee, Diva or International Kingpin? Evolving Confidentiality Requirements of Asylum Proceedings in South Africa and Beyond," Michigan State International Law Review Forum Conveniens, vol. 2 (2014) [full-text]
- See also SSRN version.

Somalis in Kenya:

Image credit: HRW"Conflict and Migration: The Case of Somali Refugees in Northeastern Kenya," Global Social Welfare, OnlineFirst, 27 March 2014 [free full-text]
- See also related UNCRD project description.

Ethnic Somalis under Pressure in Kenyan Capital (IRIN, April 2014) [text]

"Human Security Issues of Somali Refugees and the Host Community in Northeastern Kenya," Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, vol. 12, no. 1 (2014) [preview]
- See also related UNCRD project description.

Kenya: Halt Crackdown on Somalis (Human Rights Watch, April 2014) [text]

*Kenya: Somalis Trapped in ‘Catch-22’ Amid Crackdown on Refugees (Amnesty International, April 2014) [text]


Related post:
- Regional Focus: Africa (3 April 2014)

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New Issues of Africa in Fact, Austr. Intl. Law J., Comp. Migr. Stud., Diversities, FRLAN, Global Eye, JIMI, Migr. Pol. Pract., Statewatch J., WAN

Forced migration blog - April 14, 2014 - 2:55pm
Africa in Fact: The Journal of Good Governance Africa, no. 21 (April 2014) [full-text]
- The theme of this issue is "Departures and Displacements."

Australian International Law Journal, vol. 20 (2013) [contents]
- Features a mini symposium section on "Creating New Futures for All: International Law and the Protection of Migrant Children at Risk."  Includes "Of Relative Rights and Putative Children: Rethinking the Critical Framework for the Protection of Refugee Children and Youth" and "Indefinite Security Detention and Refugee Children and Families in Australia: International Human Rights Law Dimensions."
Comparative Migration Studies, vol. 2, no. 1 (2014) [open access]
- Special issue on "Canada’s and Germany's policies and approaches towards immigration and integration." Includes "Shifting Up and Back: The European Turn in Canadian Refugee Policy."

Diversities, vol. 15, no. 1 (2013) [full-text]
- Special issue on "Female Migration Outcomes II."  Includes "Casamance Refugee Women’s Engagement with Development Programming in the Gambia" and "Engendering Refugees' Livelihood Strategies: The Case of the Iraqi Diaspora in Damascus."

Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 47 (April 2014) [full-text]
- News and information for refugee legal aid providers.

 Global Eye on Human Trafficking, no. 13 (Sept. 2013) [full-text]
- Focus is on preventing human trafficking. Includes two perspectives on the efficacy of awareness-raising campaigns.

Journal of International Migration and Integration, vol. 15, no. 2 (May 2014) [contents]
- Mix of articles including "Migrant Organisations in Humanitarian Action."

Migration Policy Practice, vol. IV, no. 1 (Feb./March 2014) [full-text]
- Mix of articles including "Protecting the Rights of Migrants in Europe: The Role of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe."

Statewatch Journal, vol. 23, nos. 3/4 (Feb. 2014) [full-text]
- Theme is "Borders, Deaths and Resistance."

Women's Asylum News, no. 122 (March/April 2014) [full-text]
- Lead article is "Refused Asylum Seeking Women’s Experiences of Maternity Care in Glasgow."

Tagged Periodicals.

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Thematic Focus: Statelessness

Forced migration blog - April 14, 2014 - 2:55pm

Ask the Experts: Deprivation of Citizenship, Online, 11 April 2014 [info]
- Live Q&A.  *See also related NYT article.

Reminder! Statelessness and International Law Course, Oxford, 17-18 May 2014 [info]
- The deadline for applications is 25 April 2014.

Reminder! UNHCR Award for Statelessness Research [info]
 - Submit nominations by 1 May 2014.


Abandoned by Parents, Neglected by the State (ENS Blog, March 2014) [text]

*Deprivation of Citizenship Resulting in Statelessness and Its Implications in International Law: Further Comments (Univ. of Oxford, April 2014) [text]

Expert Meeting: Interpreting the 1961 Statelessness Convention and Avoiding Statelessness Resulting from Loss and Deprivation of Nationality - Summary Conclusions (UNHCR, March 2014) [text]
- Note: The expert meeting was held in Tunis, 31 Oct.-1 Nov. 2013.

Kuwait's Stateless: Not Giving Up the Fight (RI Blog, March 2014) [text]

Parliamentarians Discuss the Need to Eradicate Statelessness in Europe (PACE, April 2014) [text]

Preventing Childhood Statelessness in Europe: Issues, Gaps and Good Practices (European Network on Statelessness, April 2014) [text]

Protect Rohingya Rights - Before It's Too Late (RI Blog, March 2014) [text]

Lords Deal Blow to Home Office Plans to Make Terror Suspects Stateless (Bureau of Investigative Journalism, April 2014) [text]
- See also related Open Society Foundation press release.

"Stateless in Riga," New Eastern Europe: A Quarterly Journal of Central and Eastern European Affairs, no. 1 (2013; posted online March 2014) [full-text]

UNHCR Ghana Holds Two Day Workshop on Statelessness (UNHCR Ghana, March 2014) [text]

We Need to Talk about the Nation-State (ENS Blog, March 2014) [text]


StatelessApatride [access]
- Updates on UNHCR's work on statelessness in West Africa, provided by the Regional Representation for West Africa based in Dakar.  See also this related news article reporting on recent training for journalists in Dakar.


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Statelessness, esp. in the UK (17 March 2014)

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Regional Focus: United States

Forced migration blog - April 14, 2014 - 2:55pm
Benchbook on International Law (American Society of International Law, 2014) [access]
- This resource "provides a hands-on introduction to international law as it arises in courts of the United States. Its primary audience will be U.S. District Judges, typically the first to encounter questions of international law in our system."  See also related blog post.  Chapters III-E-3 and III-E-4 focus on human trafficking and non-refoulement, respectively.

Bipartisan Call to Address Impact of Immigration Inadmissibility Provisions (Human Rights First Blog, April 2014) [text]
- Link also provides access to related factsheet.

"Creating a More Responsive and Seamless Refugee Protection System: The Scope, Promise and Limitations of US Temporary Protection Programs," Journal on Migration and Human Security, vol. 2, no. 1 (2014) [full-text]
- See also related Center for Migration Studies news release.

Foreign Aid 101: A Quick and Easy Guide to Understanding US Foreign Aid, 3rd ed. (Oxfam, March 2014) [access]

"How Manchester's Burgeoning Bhutanese Population is Pursuing the American Dream: An Unlikely Place for Immigrants from Central Asia, New Hampshire is an Ideal Adopted Homeland," Smithsonian Magazine (April 2014) [text]

Responding to the Center for Immigration Studies on Asylum (The Asylumist, April 2014) [text]
- Note: The CIS paper discussed above was referenced in this earlier post.

"Temporary Protected Status after 25 Years: Addressing the Challenge of Long-Term 'Temporary' Residents and Strengthening a Centerpiece of US Humanitarian Protection," Journal on Migration and Human Security, vol. 2, no. 1 (2014) [full-text]
- See also related Center for Migration Studies news release.

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Americas (1 April 2014)

Tagged Publications.

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Thematic Focus: General

Forced migration blog - April 14, 2014 - 2:55pm
Last minute event:

Disasters and Displacement: Challenges, Solutions and Linkages, Washington, DC, 9 April 2014 [info]
- A panel of experts "will look at some of the challenges which disaster-induced displacement poses for policies and laws at the national and international levels."


The Globalisation of Migration: Has the World Really Become More Migratory?, Working Paper, no. 68 (IMI, April 2013) [text]

Preventing Mass Atrocities: Resilient Societies, State Capacity, and Structural Reform, Policy Dialogue Brief (Stanley Foundation, April 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Quantifying Global International Migration Flows," Science Magazine, vol. 343, no. 6178 (March 2014) [free access via author site]

Refugee or Migrant Diasporas: Does it Make a Difference? (UNU-MERIT, March 2014) [text]
- Summary of "Refugee Diasporas in Development," Brussels, 18 March 2014.

UNHCR Ideas: Open Innovation Inspiring Collaboration and New Ideas within the UN (Humanitarian Innovation Project, March 2014) [text]

Events after the fact:

Global Refugee Simulation & Conference, 29-29 March 2014 (American Red Cross) [access]
- Webcast of the conference is available.

Refugee Voices Conference, Oxford, 24-25 March 2014 (Refugee Studies Centre) [access]
- Audiovisual media for the presentations are being uploaded.

Roundtable on Solutions, Copenhagen, 2-3 April 2014 [access]
- "The Copenhagen Roundtable will bring together a number of humanitarian actors, development organisations, affected states, donor nations, academics and other actors that can contribute to addressing displacement that has occurred as a result of armed conflict." Builds in part on the Transitional Solutions Initiative.

Web site:

The Global Flow of People [access]
- "Explore new estimates of migration flows between and within regions for five-year periods, 1990 to 2010. Click on a region to discover flows country-by-country." Companion site for Science study referenced above.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: General

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Tip of the Week! Web Sites with Security Issues

Forced migration blog - April 14, 2014 - 2:55pm
See the notification under the first entryI was searching for an article published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender and was just about to click on the relevant link when I noticed references to "impotence drugs" in the snippet that Google's search results show under each entry. Since I knew the article in question did *not* address impotence, I searched on the journal's URL and discovered a message from Google indicating that the site "may have been hacked." (See image.) Even more importantly, Google will also include a notification for sites that "may harm your computer."

As I noted in this earlier tip on link expanders, I tend to be cautious when searching online.  While anti-virus software and updated browsers are your best protection against malicious sites, it's useful to know about other online security resources. Google's notifications represent yet another tool to help searchers stay safe. So next time you are presented with a list of search results, remember to read before you click!

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You won't believe these 8,000 children who are actually going to starve to death today

Roving bandit - April 14, 2014 - 2:03pm
I'm trying to write a pithy summary or pick a smart quote from Abhijeet Singh's new blog about malnutrition up on Ideas for India but it's hard not to just be deeply depressed when thinking about malnutrition. We apparently live in the 21st Century where flying robots and self-driving cars are real things, yet we aren't collectively bothered enough to do anything about the 8,000 children who starve to death every single day (three million a year). And that's partly because as humans we're more interested in what is interesting than what is true or what is important. 8,000 children starving to death everyday is just something that happens. It isn't new or counterintuitive or surprising.

So Abhijeet's paper is interesting and tells us something different, which should be applauded really just for finding a new angle to bring some attention to one of the most important but dull outrageous injustices there are. The conventional wisdom is that stunting in the first thousand days of life is irreversible. Abhijeet presents evidence to the contrary that giving children a meal every day at age 5 can fully make up for malnutrition due to a drought at age 1. So the policy conclusion is what - don't write-off malnourished children after a thousand days? Or how about maybe how on earth are we still letting children starve in the first place? Enjoy your lunch.
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My debate with Bill Easterly

Owen's musings - April 10, 2014 - 1:28am

This morning I did a fun debate with Bill Easterly about his book, The Tyranny of Experts. You can watch it here (the event starts 12 minutes in).

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Tip of the Week! Live Tweeting at Events

Forced migration blog - April 7, 2014 - 12:46pm
Opening plenary @ Refugee VoicesAlthough I am not on Twitter, I do occasionally reference certain feeds and hashtags on this blog, particularly those associated with events. Recently, the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) hosted the conference, Refugee Voices, and provided live tweets as it unfolded. (To view them from the beginning, scroll back to March 24.)

I imagine it would be pretty challenging to listen and tweet something comprehensible at the same time!  This handy guide provides ten tips for how to do so successfully.

That said, there is an ongoing debate about the ethics of live tweeting at academic conferences. So here are an additional 10 rules of thumb to keep in mind if you are preparing to engage in the practice.

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Events & Opportunities: Even More April 2014

Forced migration blog - April 7, 2014 - 12:46pm

Today is Refugee Rights Day in Canada!  Visit the Canadian Council for Refugees web site for more information. The Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS) is hosting a panel to commemorate the day.  In addition, the City of Toronto has proclaimed April to be Refugee Rights Awareness Month.

Events & opportunities:

UNHCR Vacancies [info]
- Candidates sought for a range of functional profiles; the deadline for external applicants is 8 April 2014.

Request for Expression of Interest/Research Proposals (IOM Egypt) [info]
- Submit "research proposals which...examine different aspects of complex migration flows along the North-Eastern African Migratory Route and in North Africa" by 11 April 2014.

CFP: Neither Here nor There: Refugees, Forced Migration, and the Landscapes of Displacement, 9th Annual Student Conference, Toronto, 3-4 May 2014 [info]
- Submit abstracts by 15 April 2014.

Jean Monnet Summer School on the European Union's Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, Dundee, Scotland, 9-15 June 2014 [info]
- Submit application by 15 April 2014.

Celebrities: Humanitarians or Ideologues?, Toronto, 16 April 2014 [info]
- CRS seminar.

CDAC 101 Seminar Series: Digital Humanitarian Response - What Should the Future Look Like?, London, 30 April 2014 [info]
- Note: Only a few tickets are left for CDAC members! This event will also be livestreamed.

**See also several legal events & opportunities listed in this post.**

Related posts:
- Employment Opportunities: April 2014
- Events & Opportunities: April 2014

 Tagged Events & Opportunities.  
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Regional Focus: Europe

Forced migration blog - April 7, 2014 - 12:46pm
Arrivals by Sea, New Italian "Emergency" and EU Solidarity: Asilo in Europa's Position and Recommendations (Asilo in Europa, April 2014) [text]

Challenges of the Common European Asylum System, Tallinn, 20 March 2014 [info]
- See also related UNHCR news article; also includes link to video of conference.

ECRE Reaffirms Its Call for the Suspension of Transfers of Asylum Seekers to Bulgaria under the Recast Dublin Regulation (ECRE, April 2014) [text]

Keep Shining a Light on Bulgaria's Refugee Policy (RI Blog, April 2014) [text]

"Protecting the Rights of Migrants in Europe: The Role of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe," Migration Policy Practice, vol. IV, no. 1 (Feb./March 2014) [full-text via ReliefWeb]
- Scroll to p. 28.

Refugee Action Wins Case on Behalf of Destitute Asylum Seekers (Free Movement, April 2014) [text]
- See also new campaign against low asylum support rates in the UK.

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (4 April 2014)

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Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects

Forced migration blog - April 7, 2014 - 12:46pm
Fighting to Survive: Refugees and the Right to Work, Panel at 2014 Spring Meeting of ABA Section of International Law, 3 April 2014 [access]
- Scroll down to April 3rd, 9:00 AM for link to access panel presentations.

Interventions to Improve the Economic Self-sufficiency and Well-being of Resettled Refugees: A Systematic Review (The Campbell Library, May 2013) [access]

"'Life Space Mapping' as an Innovative Method in Career Counselling for Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants," Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, vol. 114 (Feb. 2014) [open access]

"Meet the Professional Refugees Lucky to Get the Minimum Wage in the UK," The Guardian, 7 March 2014 [text]

Refugee Livelihoods and Engagement with Host Economies (Debating Development Blog, March 2014) [text]

Refugees and the Right to Work (PACE, March 2014) [text]

Remaking the Case for Linking Relief, Rehabilitation and Development: How LRRD can Become a Practically Useful Concept for Assistance in Difficult Places (Humanitarian Policy Group, March 2014) [text]

Supporting Resilience in Difficult Places: A Critical Look at Applying the 'Resilience' Concept in Countries Where Crises are the Norm (Humanitarian Policy Group, March 2014) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects (3 March 2014)

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Regional Focus: Africa

Forced migration blog - April 7, 2014 - 12:46pm
Africa in Fact: The Journal of Good Governance Africa, no. 21 (April 2014) [full-text]
- The theme of this issue is "Departures and Displacements."

Conflict in South Sudan: Refugees Seek Protection in Uganda and a Way Home (International Refugee Rights Initiative, March 2014) [text]

"An Experience of Failure: A Case Study of UNHCR’s Recommendation to Invoke the Cessation Clause for Rwandan Refugees," Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 47 (April 2014) [full-text]

The High Commissioner’s Global Initiative on Somali Refugees: Report of the High-Level Panel on Somali Refugees, Geneva, 13-14 November 2013 (UNHCR, Marc h2014) [text]

An Inside Look at the Refugee Crisis in the Central African Republic (RI Blog, April 2014) [text]

Kenya Urged to Reconsider Measure Ordering all Refugees Back to Camps (UN News Service, March 2014) [text]

"'A refugee is someone who refused to be oppressed': Self-survival Strategies of Congolese Young People in Uganda," Stability: International Journal of Security & Development, vol. 3, no. 1 (March 2014) [open access]

Speaking Out Case Studies (MSF) [access]
- Three new case studies are available that focus on Rwandan refugees in Zaire & Tanzania, 1994-1997.

Related post: 
- Regional Focus: Africa (28 March 2014)

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News: IRIN's Future in Question?

Forced migration blog - April 7, 2014 - 12:46pm
UPDATE (4 April 2014): IRIN has now released a statement about its plans for the future.

This 2005 article in Forced Migration Review describes the accomplishments of IRIN, the well-known and well-regarded humanitarian news service, during its first 10 years of operation.  But it might not be around to celebrate its 20th anniversary: A petition to "Save IRIN" that is currently circulating indicates that "IRIN’s parent organization in the UN has decided to wind it down."  According to numerous tweets, this will likely take place by the end of the year.

IRIN's parent organization is the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA).  I have not seen an official announcement regarding IRIN's future.  However, this recent article from Foreign Policy provides some context for IRIN's situation, noting that an internal review of IRIN is currently under way and that as a result of some of its findings, "U.N. officials said OCHA is considering shutting down IRIN or sharply scaling back its activities by the end of the year." (OCHA's "Call for Expressions of Interest" to undertake this internal evaluation is available on ALNAP.) 

An earlier external evaluation conducted in 2003 concluded the following: "Most importantly, the evaluation found that IRIN content informs the decision-making of a wide range of stakeholders. This alone is so compelling an attribute that it places IRIN in a position of unique value and demonstrated competence as an essential element in humanitarian coordination efforts."

OCHA's most recent Annual Report indicates that IRIN has continued to reach a wide and diverse audience (p. 22):
"IRIN's readership continued to grow throughout the year. Its website averaged 775,000 unique visitors a month, with 57,000 email subscribers and 16,400 Twitter followers.  New syndication agreements with online media in the north and global south, plus links to think-tanks and research bodies, adds to IRIN's diversifying audience as does its unique humanitarian Arabic-language service."Moreover, a readership survey conducted in the Spring of 2012 found that a majority of respondents felt IRIN's content had a positive impact on their work.

I was one of them! Search for IRIN on this blog and you will see that I frequently reference its news reports. Its demise would leave a big gap in my information-sharing activities.  I sincerely hope this valuable information resource will make it to 2015 - and beyond.

Tagged Web Sites/Tools.

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Thematic Focus: Climate Change

Forced migration blog - April 7, 2014 - 12:46pm
Climate and Development, vol. 6, no. 1 (2014) [open access]
- Special issue on "Connections between (changing) rainfall patterns, food and livelihood security, and human mobility: Evidence and a new analytical framework."

Climate Change and Forced Migration: The Legal and Policy Challenges, Geneva, 18 March 2014 [info]
- Follow the link for video of the lecture.

Desastres y Desplazamiento Transfronterizo en América Central: Necesidades Emergentes, Nuevas Respuestas, Ciudad de Guatemala, 1-2 April 2014 [info]
- A concept paper is also available via the link.

How We Talk about "Climate Refugees" and Why It's Complicated (Huffington Post, March 2014) [text]

Human Rights, Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Migration: A New Paradigm, Issue in Brief, no. 8 (IOM & MPI, March 2014) [text]

Migration as Adaptation: Exploring Mobility as a Coping Strategy for Climate Change (UKCCMC, Feb. 2014) [text]

Los Principios de Peninsula sobre el Desplazamiento Climático dentro de los Estados = Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement within States (Displacement Solutions, March 2014) [access]
-  The Principles are now available in Spanish; info on other translations in the works is available via the link.

Suffering & Displacement: The Human Cost of Climate Change (RI Blog, March 2014) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Climate Change/Environmental Degradation (5 March 2014)

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Regional Focus: Australia

Forced migration blog - April 7, 2014 - 12:46pm

Between Bad and Worse (Sydney Review of Books, March 2014) [text]
- Review of A Country Too Far: Writings on Asylum Seekers (Penguin, Oct. 2013).

Can’t Flee, Can’t Stay: Australia's Interception and Return of Sri Lankan Asylum Seekers (Human Rights Law Centre, March 2014) [text]

Getting Settled: Women Refugees in Australia (Dept. of Social Services, 2013) [text]
- Updated edition.

'No One Can Be Left without Hope': Breathing Life into Global Action for Asylum Seekers (Institute for Race Relations, March 2014) [text]

"Offshore Hospitality: Law, Asylum and Colonisation," Law Text Culture, vol. 17, no. 1 (2014) [full-text]

Operation Sovereign Borders: The First Six Months (ABC News, March 2014) [text]
- Special interactive feature.

Sri Lanka and Australia after the War: A Forum on Post-war Justice and the Indefinite Detention of Refugees, Sydney, 5 March 2014 [event summary]

The Undesirables: Inside Nauru (Hardie Grant Books, March 2014) [info]
- See also related Sydney Morning Herald news article.

Web sites:

Destination Detention [access]
- Provides info on forthcoming book about asylum-seekers at the Curtin Immigration Detention Centre.

Jesuit Refugee Service Australia [access]
- Re-designed web site with new look and feel.

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Australia (12 March 2014)

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The Mukombe

Afrigadget - April 6, 2014 - 3:53pm

The Mukombe – Zimbabwe’s tippy tap

Dr. Peter Morgan, winner of the 2013 Stockholm Water Prize and resident of Zimbabwe, recently shared the design of The Mukombe on the forum of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance. The Mukombe is a hand washing device – a “tippy tap” as it is commonly known within the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) scene – as it just requires a little tip to provide the user with just enough water to wash the hands. In water-arid areas, such a simple device can be essential to hygiene.

Naturally occuring Mukombe

“(The Mukombe) was first conceived by Dr Jim Watt when he worked in Zimbabwe as a Salvation Army doctor in Chiweshe in the late 1970′s. (…) This vegetable had a hard shell and could be used as a gourd or calabash for carrying water and other commodities. It is commonly grown in the fields. The great innovation was to turn this common plant into a hand washing device. (…) Many years ago I made a fibre glass replica of this remarkably simple and elegant device. Many if not most natural plants did not have the right shape. Using the fibre glass replica with its idealised shape, Prodorite in Harare have been able to mass produce the product. The mukombe holds about 2 litres of water and can provide enough water in a single filling to give about 35 hand washes.”

How the Mukombe works (drawings by Jim Watt)

“Modifications are made to the naturally occurring Mukombe. An opening is made in the top and a cork or plug is placed at the end of the neck as shown above, with a small opening for water to drain. Holes are drilled into the top of the mukombe and a string passed through. The mukombe is suspended by the string so that it lies at a special angle. The mukombe is filled with water and then tipped up so that some water passes up the neck. When the mukombe comes to its resting position again, some water is left at the end of the neck and slowly drains out. It is this water which is used to wash the hands. The flow stops automatically when the small reservoir in the neck runs out.” (src)

Use at a school

The beauty of the Makombe over other tippy taps is that the design is based on a naturally grown product and that it only uses a very little amount of water. Plus: you can hang it anywhere, there is no need for an advanced construction. Clearly another winner in the “it’s cheap, it works, it wins”-category.

Avid readers may remember Dr. Morgan as the inventor of the Blair Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) Latrine, which has meanwhile been adapted as the national standard by the Government of Zimbabe.

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The Afghan Quarterback

The road to the horizon - April 5, 2014 - 12:05pm
The coach had put together the perfect team for the Chicago Bears. The only thing that was missing was a good quarterback. He had scouted all the colleges and even the Canadian and European Leagues, but he couldn't find a ringer who could ensure a Super Bowl win. Then one night while watching CNN he saw a war-zone scene in Afghanistan. In one corner of the background, he spotted a young Afghan soldier with a truly incredible arm. He threw a hand-grenade straight into a 15th story window 100...

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