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22 November 2016
In the third session of the PHAP’s and ICVA’s learning stream on humanitarian funding, guest speakers highlighted NGO engagement with pooled funding mechanisms as key in their further development to ensure more timely and flexible funding for humanitarian response. On 10 November, over 150 participants from around the world joined the live online session, in order to learn more about existing and emerging pooled funding mechanisms....
20 November 2016
The human cost of military operations can be significantly reduced by increasing the accuracy of determinations of “hostile intent,” which entitles troops to fire in self-defense, for instance by clarifying the rule of hostile intent and improving its implementation. On 8 November, Bonnie Docherty, Lecturer on Law and Senior Clinical Instructor at Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic, provided an overview of the rule of hostile...
18 November 2016
Earlier this year, PHAP began the process of developing a new program in the area of individual standards and recognition of professional competencies in the humanitarian sector. The PHAP Credentialing Program combines the established and rigorous international standard for professional credentials – the ISO/IEC 17024:2012 standard for personnel certification – with solutions that meet the specific needs of the humanitarian sector,...
6 November 2016
On 1 November, PHAP organized an Expert Briefing on the topic of "war algorithms" and international law with Naz K. Modirzadeh and Dustin A. Lewis, from the Harvard Law School Program on International Law in Armed Conflict (PILAC). The event provided an overview of PILAC’s recent report on autonomous weapon systems and their implications for accountability in international law. Dustin A. Lewis began the session with a presentation on new...
6 November 2016
Pooled funds have enabled more timely and flexible funding for responding to sudden humanitarian crises, and have made it possible to operate in otherwise underfunded emergency settings. In the context of the World Humanitarian Summit, the UN Secretary-General (SG) recommended that member states and other donors should double the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to $1 billion, with the Grand Bargain calling for an exploration of whether...
24 October 2016
The protracted nature of the Syrian armed conflict and the situation in the Middle East, combined with other conflicts and natural disasters around the world, has contributed to what is often referred to as a global “migration crisis” or “refugee crisis,” which has led in September 2016 to the UN General Assembly’s high-level plenary meeting on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants. In this context, on 21 October, PHAP hosted an...
20 October 2016
On 12 October, PHAP and the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) hosted the second session of the learning stream on humanitarian funding for NGOs. Close to 200 individuals participated actively in the live event, featuring both presentations from UN agencies and NGOs and an opportunity for questions and discussion. In order to provide participants with an overview of how some of the main UN agencies structured their partnerships...
11 October 2016
Join us on 8 November for an Expert Briefing on hostile intent and civilian protection with Bonnie Docherty, Lecturer on Law and Senior Clinical Instructor at Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic. In order to reduce the number of civilian causalities, military operations strive to improve how forces identify “hostile intent” and the imminent use of force from civilians. In this session, Bonnie will be presenting her recent...
6 October 2016
We are happy to announce the latest addition to the PHAP member affinity program: the University of London's distance learning Master of Arts in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies. This program, the only of its type offered by distance learning, aiming to provide a rigorous theoretical and practical understanding of the field of international refugee law and forced migration. The MA program is designed and run by the University of...
5 October 2016
On 1 November, in the next session of PHAP's series of Expert Briefings, Naz Modirzadeh and Dustin Lewis from the Harvard Law School Program on International Law in Armed Conflict (PILAC), will present their recent report and research on algorithmically-derived “choices” and “decisions” made in armed conflict. The report identifies and defines a new concept, “war algorithm,” as any...

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