Why despite global progress, humanity is probably facing its most dangerous time ever

In 1939, Einstein wrote to Roosevelt:

„It may be possible to set up a nuclear chain reaction in a large mass of uranium…and it is conceivable — though much less certain — that extremely powerful bombs of a new type may thus be constructed.“

Just a few years later, these bombs were created. In little more than a decade, enough had been produced that, for the first time in history, a handful of decision-makers could destroy civilisation. Humanity had entered a new age.

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Good Practice Bibliothek

Unsere Mitgliedsorganisationen tauschen sich regelmäßig darüber aus, wie sie die Qualität und Wirksamkeit ihrer Arbeit verbessern können. Mit unserer Good-Practice-Bibliothek wollen wir Sie dabei unterstützen, sich dieses gesammelte Wissen zu Nutze zu machen und die für Sie passende Orientierungshilfe zu finden.

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In 2018 take care of yourself and your staff – and achieve (even) better results!

Are you used to running on empty? Do you ever pull an all-nighter to finish a proposal? Send emails at 5am? Cancel time with friends so you can meet that next deadline? Stress, exhaustion and burnout are preventable, and as a leader it’s a key part of your responsibility and commitment to the Core Humanitarian Standard, particularly commitment 8, which recommends that ‘staff are supported to do their job effectively and are treated fairly and equitably’. In order to live up to this commitment, it is important to pace yourself and model healthy working practices for your teams.

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Wenn Helfer Schaden anrichten – mit Lisa Isler

Gegen die britische Hilfsorganisation Oxfam werden immer mehr Vorwürfe laut. Mitarbeiter sollen in Haiti Sexpartys gefeiert haben, die mit Spendengeldern finanziert wurde. Wie kann ein Hilfswerk sicherstellen, dass die Mitarbeiter ihre Macht nicht ausnutzen? Einschätzungen von Erich Wigger vom Hilfswerk Helvetas.

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Facebook takes another step into crisis response

SAN FRANCISCO — An explosion in Benghazi, Libya. A tropical cyclone in Tonga. An earthquake in Hualien City, Taiwan.

Having first introduced Safety Check, which allows users to mark themselves as safe following a disaster, Facebook rolled out Community Help, which allows people to find and give help after a crisis. Until this week, individuals working for aid organizations could only engage with the disasters listed on Facebook’s Crisis Response page through their personal Facebook profiles. But on Thursday, the company announced that organizations and businesses will now be able to post in Community Help.

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7 issues that will shape the humanitarian agenda in 2018

Syria enters its seventh year of fighting in 2018. Hunger and disease will affect millions of people in Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Around the world, people will flee conflict only to become trapped in misery, as seen in Libya. People will suffer from immediate and long-term effects of conflict and violence, as I witnessed in Central African Republic earlier this month.

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Konfliktmanagement und Mediation: 8-Tage Trainingskurs & 3-monatiges CAS Forschungsprogramm

Das Institut für Frieden und Dialog (IPD) ist eine der führenden Organisationen, welches seit 2012 jährlich mehrere internationale akademische Kurse als auch Forschungsprogramme in den Bereichen, Friedensforschung, Konflikttransformation, Mediation, Sicherheit, interkultureller Dialog, Menschenrechte und in weiteren zusammenhängenden Themen in der Schweiz durchführt. Die jährlich stattfindenen Trainingskurse zielen darauf ab, Vertreter der staatlichen, privaten und des öffentlichen Sektors zu einem regen Austausch zusammenzubringen. Auch nächstes Jahr wird ein internationales Trainingskurs erstmals in deutscher Sprache stattfinden, an dem Teilnehmer aus aller Welt, die mit der deutschen Sprache vertraut sind, teilnehmen werden. Auch dieses Mal können die Teilnehmer, zwischen einem 8-tägigen Trainingskurs oder einem 3-monatigen CAS-Forschungsprogramm in den oben genannten Themen auswählen.

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Managing Team Stress after Critical Events

As a team manager in the context of highly stressful emergency environments, you are responsible for maintaining operations and supporting your staff both through daily crises and potentially traumatic critical incidents. As the person in charge, you must not only understand basic needs such as food and rest, but also the emotional and social needs of your team and navigate through team stress. This is essential to maintaining proper functioning and high quality work. This course aims to give you the vital tools to guide and protect your team members in volatile contexts, take the right team management decisions in case of critical incidents, and guide them back to an acceptable  level of well-being as quickly as possible.

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