ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord Speaks to Devex in Two Part Interview

ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord Speaks to Devex in Two Part Interview

ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord recently spoke to Devex in a two part interview. He discusses how the the international humanitarian system can look at respond to the new face of crisis — in which people displaced by conflict are likely to remain away from home for years as well as humanitarian access to vulnerable people, the situation in Syria and the future of humanitarian relief. Read part one of the interview, Red Cross chief: 'Our job is always to push the limits of the possible', here and part two, Red Cross chief: Humanitarian groups must 'rethink totally our people management', here

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On Seven Year Anniversary of Syrian War, ICRC President Peter Maurer Visits: Starkest Scenes of Utter Destruction

On Seven Year Anniversary of Syrian War, ICRC President Peter Maurer Visits: Starkest Scenes of Utter Destruction

The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, was inside Eastern Ghouta today (March 15) to see the conditions people are facing:“Over the last couple of hours, I could talk to many people here in order to have an impression what the difficulties are for the people living here encircled and in need of almost everything - medicine first and foremost but everything which is necessary for the day to day life.”

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Updates from Afghanistan Wheelchair Basketball Teams

Updates from Afghanistan Wheelchair Basketball Teams

Injured following a spinal cord accident at age 19, Jess Markt has been working with the ICRC since 2011, helping bring one of America's best loved-sports, basketball, to wheelchair-bound men and women in Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, South Sudan and elsewhere. In the process, these players, whose once primary identity was 'disabled', now see themselves as 'athletes' first. Just this past June, he became the ICRC's first ever Sport and Inclusion Advisor.  He just returned from Bangkok, Thailand where he was coaching the Afghan men’s and women’s national teams competing in the Regional Qualifying Tournament for the Asian Para Games. Read more about the tournament and results, as well as the incredible work Jess is doing, here.

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A Conversation with Dr Helen Durham: IHL and Women

 A Conversation with Dr Helen Durham: IHL and Women

On this International Women’s Day, Dr Helen Durham, Director of the Humanitarian Law & Policy Department at the ICRC, discusses the role of women in shaping the discourse around international humanitarian law (IHL). As the first female director of international law and policy in 150 years of the ICRC, there are many amazing women academics, writers and practitioners in the area of international humanitarian law (IHL) that have inspired her along the way. Read the full article on Humanitarian Law & Policy here.

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Happy International Women's Day: Check out Intercross the Podcast's New Playlist Celebrating Women Humanitarians!

Happy International Women's Day: Check out Intercross the Podcast's New Playlist Celebrating Women Humanitarians!

March 8th is International Women's Day, a day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the globe. (We over here at Intercross personally feel we should do this every single day, but there you are.) So just for our listeners, we've rounded up all of our podcast interviews that feature the incredible work and challenges facing women humanitarians, lawyers and otherwise brillant minds. From Juba, South Sudan to Boston, Massachusetts, cheers to the fabulous women we've had the priviledge of speaking to over the past year+!

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When War Hits Home: ICRC’s Devastating New Augmented Reality App

When War Hits Home: ICRC’s Devastating New Augmented Reality App

On Wednesday, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) unveiled “Enter the Room” – an augmented reality experience for iOS app users.  The app was designed by the digital innovation agency Nedd using Apple ARKit technology and is free to download from the App Store.

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Syria: First Batch of Essential Aid Reaches People Trapped in Eastern Ghouta

 Syria: First Batch of Essential Aid Reaches People Trapped in Eastern Ghouta

In recent weeks, the situation for the tens of thousands of people living in Eastern Ghouta has reached a breaking point. Following a spike in hostilities in November, families have been living under near-constant shelling. Many have resorted to hiding in shelters underground in a desperate attempt to stay alive - with little food to sustain them. Today's joint 46-truck convoy with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the United Nations will hopefully provide some relief. Aid includes food parcels, flour, and medical supplies for 27,500 people. Read more about the situation in Eastern Ghouta on ICRC's website

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ICRC Participating as a Partner Organization for the 2018 Fragility Forum

ICRC Participating as a Partner Organization for the 2018 Fragility Forum

From March 5-7, the ICRC is partnering with The World Bank in Washington, DC for the 2018 World Bank Fragility Forum: Managing Risks for Peace and Stability. ICRC Director General Yves Daccord is participating on behalf of the organization to share our humanitarian experience and expertise in armed conflict with policymakers and practitioners in support of the World Bank's efforts to address fragility, conflict and violence.

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Just out! New International Review issue on Human Cost of Detention

 Just out! New International Review issue on Human Cost of Detention

The latest edition of International Review of the Red Cross has been released—Detention: Addressing the human cost.This edition of the International Review of the Red Cross focuses on treatment and conditions in prisons and other places of detention, both in situations of armed conflict and in peacetime. We chose to address this topic in order to highlight the importance of treating detainees with human dignity under all circumstances.Deprivation of liberty carries with it human, social and financial costs that are born by detainees, their families, the detaining authorities and society as a whole. Despite these costs, societies often do not invest in improving prison systems or the infrastructure on which the human dignity of detainees depends.

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Intercross the Podcast Episode #44 Innovating Integration: Sport, Diversity & Inclusion as Part of the Humanitarian Approach with Jess Markt

Intercross the Podcast Episode #44 Innovating Integration: Sport, Diversity & Inclusion as Part of the Humanitarian Approach with Jess Markt

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we sit down with ICRC’s Jess Markt, an American who coaches wheelchair basketball in war zones. At age 19, he suffered a spinal cord injury in college. Twenty one years later, he is bringing his experience and story to help others as ICRC’s first-ever Disability, Sport and Inclusion Advisor. In this conversation, we discuss his personal triumph over adversity  and how he brings that experience to the disabled in some of the world’s most dangerous contexts. From Afghanistan to South Sudan and Cambodia, Jess is using sport to help the disabled see themselves in a different light, and witnessing some radical societal transformations along the way. We talk about diversity, what that term really means, and how he’s using his role at ICRC to change the way that people, and humanitarian organizations, think about what it means to fully integrate diversity into their work. Hosted by Anna Nelson and Sara Owens.

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The Independent Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission: Has the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Awoken?

 The Independent Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission: Has the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Awoken?

In 2015, the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (the Commission) received a great deal of attention after Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) called for an independent investigation following the destruction of its trauma centre in Kunduz by U.S. airstrikes. The BBC and The New York Times mentioned the possibility of an enquiry by the Commission. In a blog post at the time, Catherine Harwood wondered whether the ‘Sleeping Beauty’—an expression first coined by Professor Frits Kalshoven to describe Commission’s lack of activity since its creation—would awake soon.

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International Review of the Red Cross: Call for Papers for 150th Anniversary Edition

International Review of the Red Cross: Call for Papers for 150th Anniversary Edition

n 2019, the Review will celebrate its 150th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the journal will publish a special edition exploring how the journal reflects the evolution of warfare and humanitarian action over the past century and a half. Authors are invited to send submissions to the Review's editorial team, preferably in the form of a Word document, at review@icrc.org. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2018. Additional guidelines for authors available here.

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