Episode #73 Transformative Change and the Future of Humanitarian Action with Yves Daccord

Episode #73 Transformative Change and the Future of Humanitarian Action with Yves Daccord

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast with speak with ICRC’s Director General Yves Daccord who was in town for last week’s World Bank Spring Meetings. We chat about some of the things that came out of those meetings as well as the growing nexus between humanitarian and development actors, particularly in protracted conflicts. We discuss the transformative change he’s seen in nearly 30 years of service with the ICRC, including the evolving approach to humanitarian action, as well as the inclusion of innovation and technology. Finally, as Yves’ tenure comes to a close in 2020, he shares his hopes for ICRC’s future, what he is most proud of and what’s next. Hosted by Niki Clark.

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Episode #72 Five Years in the Donbas with Alain Aeschlimann

Episode #72 Five Years in the Donbas with Alain Aeschlimann

IThe conflict in the Donbas is entering its fifth year, and heavy weaponry remains in regular use—with far-reaching humanitarian consequences for this predominantly industrial and urban region of eastern Ukraine. Civilians on either side of the contact line rely on the same infrastructural network – water systems, electricity grids and gas lines – for vital services. Several of these key infrastructural installations are on or near the contact line, and in the immediate vicinity of the ongoing hostilities, which involve regular use of high-calibre artillery.  In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we sit down with ICRC’s outgoing head of delegation in Kyiv, Ukraine, Alain Aeschlimann. We chat about the situation and challenges of working in Ukraine, how the situation has evolved in his time there and how ICRC works in one of the most heavily militarized regions in the world. Hosted by Niki Clark.

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Episode #71 Life in Al Hol: Voices from Syria with Sarah Al-Zawqari and Adnan Hezam

Episode #71 Life in Al Hol: Voices from Syria with Sarah Al-Zawqari and Adnan Hezam

It’s been eight years since fighting began in Syria. Out of 18 million people living in the country, 13.1 million of them require humanitarian aid. One in 2 Syrians have been displaced by the conflict, either abroad or within the country. 1.3 million were newly displaced in last year alone. Years of fierce fighting have left some of the country’s vital services extremely fragile. 50% of health facilities are out of service or partially functioning. 2 million children are unable to go to school, casting a further shadow on the country’s future. These are bleak and tragic numbers. But many times statistics are hard to visual, inefficient in telling the brutal impact of conflict. To really give a sense of the view from the ground, in this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we start with an audio diary from our communications delegate Sara Al-Zawqari who recently traveled to Al Hol in the northeast of Syria. Then, we talk more about about the situation in Al Hol with Adnan Hezam, ICRC’s media delegate based in Damascus.  Hosted by Niki Clark.

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Episode #66 Missing and Unidentified: the Humanitarian Consequences of Migration with Cate Bird

Episode #66 Missing and Unidentified: the Humanitarian Consequences of Migration with Cate Bird

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we sit down with Cate Bird, the Missing Persons and Forensic Advisor to the ICRC delegation in DC. Cate focuses on the humanitarian consequences of migration along the U.S.-Mexico border and the forensic responses to missing migrants and unidentified remains. Since receiving her PhD in Anthropology from Michigan State University in 2013, she’s performed forensic anthropological casework in several medical examiner offices in the United States (including Houston, Tucson, and Tampa), as well as internationally (Mexico and the country of Georgia). We talk about missing persons on a global scale and how and why migrants may go missing. Then, we look at how forensics can help resolve missing person cases as well as ICRC’s work in forensics. Finally we touch on Cate’s work with the missing along the border, how forensics can provide resolution to missing person cases, the challenges of her work and her journey to ICRC. Hosted by Niki Clark.

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Episode #64 Healing after Trauma: Mental Health in Conflict with Monica Mukerjee

Episode #64 Healing after Trauma: Mental Health in Conflict with Monica Mukerjee

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we sit down with Monica Mukerjee, a Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Delegate for the ICRC currently based in Juba. She is also the Sexual Violence Focal Point for the delegation. Since March 2018 she has worked in South Sudan developing mental health and psychosocial activities for victims of violence in primary health care facilities as well as for weapon-wounded patients receiving care in ICRC hospital programs. She has previously worked in Uganda, Geneva and Ukraine. How do you promote mental health as a priority in contexts where physical needs are often lacking? What types of support does ICRC provide? How do practitioners address issues around stigma? How do they practice self-care? Join us for a fascinating conversation finding healing after trauma. Hosted by Niki Clark.

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Episode #62 Frontline Humanitarian Negotiations with Claude Bruderlein

Episode #62 Frontline Humanitarian Negotiations with Claude Bruderlein

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, discuss frontline humanitarian negotiations. The Center of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation recently launched a field manual on the subject, taking the collective experience and perspectives of numerous humanitarian practitioners working in some of the most challenging conflict environments and translating it into tangible tools and resources. Claude Bruderlein, director of the Centre and lead researcher for ICRC negotiation practices talks through the development of the manual, the art of negotiation and how his years of operational experience brought him to his current position. Hosted by Niki Clark.

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Episode #61 Returning Home & the Power of Sport in South Sudan with Jess Markt and Malat Wei

Episode #61 Returning Home & the Power of Sport in South Sudan with Jess Markt and Malat Wei

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we are coming to you from Juba, South sudan. Following a two week wheelchair basketball training program, we sit down with two athletes from radically different worlds. Malat Wei was a young child when his family was forced to flee South Sudan, shortly after he contracted polio and lost the use of his legs. Though he grew up in an Ethiopian refugee camp, he fell in love with sports, spending his long days at the camp playing soccer with his able-bodied friends. Malat would use only his hands to navigate the dusty pitch. At age 12, his family was resettled as refugees in Texas where a few years later he was introduced to wheelchair basketball by a member of his church. He was immediately hooked. Now 24, he plays university-level wheelchair basketball in Arizona, after a successful stint playing professionally in France from 2015-2016.

Jess Markt is from Denver, Colorado. At age 19, he was in a car accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down. Previously a college track-and-field star, wheelchair basketball was a major factor in Jess’ recovery, both physically and mentally. He now serves as the ICRC’s Diversity, Inclusion and Sports Advisor and coaches disabled athletes in war zones, including Afghanistan, South Sudan and the Gaza Strip. Several years ago, Jess and Malat met at a tournament in New Mexico and their friendship was born. When Malat discovered that Jess was coaching in South Sudan, he pitched the idea of going with him to help coach athletes back in his home country.

And that’s just what they did.

Hosted by Niki Clark.

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Episode #55 The Logistics of War with Christophe Hambye

Episode #55 The Logistics of War with Christophe Hambye

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we sit down with Christophe Hambye, head of ICRC’s logistics division. Running logistics is a complicated endeavor even when it’s in the best of situations but Christophe and his team are working in some of the world’s most challenging contexts. We chat about what are some of the humanitarian logistical challenges, how to stay ahead and prepared in a world of uncertainty and what the future of logistics looks like for ICRC. Hosted by Sara Owens. 

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Episode #54 Digital Transformation & Human Connections in Aid with Charlotte Lindsay

Episode #54 Digital Transformation & Human Connections in Aid with Charlotte Lindsay

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we sit down with Charlotte Lindsay, ICRC’s current Director of Communication and Information Management. In July, Charlotte will begin a new position as ICRC’s first ever Director of Data & Digital Transformation. We chat about what digital transformation means, how innovation plays a role in humanitarian aid, the evolving challenges facing women in war and personal reflections on her more than 25 years with ICRC. Hosted by Niki Clark.

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Episode #49 Women Storytellers: A Conversation with Red Cross Communicators

Episode #49 Women Storytellers: A Conversation with Red Cross Communicators

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we sit down with Red Cross communicators Jana Sweeny and Jenelle Eli. We speak about our experiences in the humanitarian world, the power of female stories and storytellers and what drives us to do the work that we do. We also talk about the unique work of the Red Cross movement work and share the stories--and the people--that forever touched us. Hosted by Anna Nelson, Niki Clark and Sara Owens.

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Episode #46 Missing Maps: Information as Aid

Episode #46 Missing Maps: Information as Aid

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we sit down with Matthew Gibb, GIS Officer at the American Red Cross. Each year, disasters around the world devastate millions of people. But many communities are missing from the maps that responders use to deliver lifesaving aid. In our conversation, we talk about how the American Red Cross and partner organizations are using the power of crowd-sourcing and remote volunteers to put millions of people from high-risk countries on the map since 2014.  Hosted by Niki Clark and Sara Owens.

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Episode #44 Innovating Integration: Sport, Diversity & Inclusion as Part of the Humanitarian Approach

Episode #44 Innovating Integration: Sport, Diversity & Inclusion as Part of the Humanitarian Approach

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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Episode #43 From Marine to Humanitarian: A Conversation with ICRC Legal Advisor Ian Brasure

Episode #43 From Marine to Humanitarian: A Conversation with ICRC Legal Advisor Ian Brasure

After thirty years in the US Marine Corps, including serving as Deputy Legal Advisor at the White House within the National Security Council, Ian Brasure recently joined the ICRC Delegation in Washington as the Deputy Legal Advisor. In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, Ian discusses his long--and inevitable--journey to the ICRC and his storied time in the military, including embracing the uncertainty following 9/11. We also chat about working under then-General James Mattis (now of course, the US Secretary of Defense), how the NSC has impacted his insights into his current role, and his constant companion through conflict (a dogeared copy of the Geneva Conventions). Hosted by Niki Clark and Anna Nelson.

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Episode #40 Armed Forces & Armed Groups: How the Red Cross Works Around the World

Episode #40 Armed Forces & Armed Groups: How the Red Cross Works Around the World

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we are joined by Martin Lacourt, ICRC in Washington’s Senior Armed Forces Delegate, and Koby Langley, Senior Vice President, Service to the Armed Forces and International Humanitarian Law for the American Red Cross. They discuss the work the Red Cross—both ICRC and National societies—does with military both domestically and globally. The American Red Cross has served more than 1 million military families since 9/11 including members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to, the challenges of military service. ICRC works to bridge the cultural divide between arms bearers and humanitarians through trainings and IHL dissemination. What are the different ways ICRC and national societies approach this work? What are the challenges of engaging with these audiences? How does neutrality play a role? And has the evolving technology of warfare changed the way the Red Cross works and the needs we serve? Hosted by Niki Clark.

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Episode #39 Two Decades Working in Conflict with Mali Head of Delegation Jean-Nicolas Marti

Episode #39 Two Decades Working in Conflict with Mali Head of Delegation Jean-Nicolas Marti

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we sit down with the ICRC head of delegation in Mali Jean Nicolas Marti. Marti has worked with ICRC for more than 20 years, in contexts ranging from Gaza and Afghanistan to Lebanon and Central African Republic. In our conversation we discuss the challenges of working in Mali, how the conflict has evolved since the ICRC began working there in 1991, and the strategic importance of a Malian presence, and what drives him after two decades of working in conflict. Hosted by Niki Clark and Sara Owens.

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Episode #32 Introducing ICRC Spokesperson Marc Kilstein

Episode #32 Introducing ICRC Spokesperson Marc Kilstein

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, Head of Communications Anna Nelson sits down with our newest team member, ICRC in Washington's Spokesperson Marc Kilstein. Anna and Marc talk about nerding out over radio, the importance and honor of storytelling, Marc's hopes for his new position and their (not-so-secret) dreams of being poached by This American Life's Ira Glass. Or at the very least, making him a dedicated Intercross the Podcast listener. Hosted by Anna Nelson.

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Episode #30 Diversity in Delegates: Recruiting within the ICRC with Markus Dolder

Episode #30 Diversity in Delegates: Recruiting within the ICRC with Markus Dolder

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we are joined by ICRC's Head of Human Resources Marketing Markus Dolder. In the 1990s, the ICRC's staff was composed of about 80 percent Swiss. Now, that number is closer to 15%. Why has this makeup changed, and how had diversity contributed to furthering our mission? What skills are needed to be a successful delegate? Plus Markus shares the influence of the Iraq war on his career and the joy of bringing great people into an organization he's proud to work for. Hosted by Sara Owens and Niki Clark.

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Episode #16 Best in the Game: The Dynamic Duo behind ICRC's Wheelchair Basketball in Afghanistan with Jess Markt and Alberto Cairo

Episode #16 Best in the Game: The Dynamic Duo behind ICRC's Wheelchair Basketball in Afghanistan with Jess Markt and Alberto Cairo

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, Sara Owens is joined by two delegates who have paved the way for the ICRC to adopt sport and inclusion as a priority for the physically disabled communities in conflict-affected countries. Alberto Cairo, one of the ICRC’s most revered delegates, has been in Kabul, Afghanistan with the ICRC’s orthopedic and physical rehabilitation program for 27 years. He was recently joined in Kabul by Jess Markt, an avid wheelchair basketball player and coach, where together, they built the ICRC’s first and largest wheelchair basketball program.Hosted by Sara Owens.

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Episode #14 Celebrating World Red Cross Day with Lynn Levine, May 9, 2017

Episode #14 Celebrating World Red Cross Day with Lynn Levine, May 9, 2017

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we sit down with Lynn Levine, Director of Communications for the American Red Cross in Boston. With the launch of the ICRC Collaborative Platform happening on what would had been Red Cross founder Henry Dunant's 189th birthday, we took the opportunity to have a conversation about what it means to be a Red Crosser, Lynn's path to the Red Cross, the Boston chapter's role in reconnecting families around the world and some of the stories that as a communicator with one of the largest humanitarian networks in the world she holds most dear.  Hosted by Niki Clark.

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Episode #7 Reflecting on the Clara Barton Competition with Loyola University Chicago School of Law Students, March 21, 2017

Episode #7 Reflecting on the Clara Barton Competition with Loyola University Chicago School of Law Students, March 21, 2017

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, Sara Owens sits down with three students from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Mary Macleod, Elena Sakelaris, and Constantine Gavrillos, to reflect on their experience preparing for and competing at the Clara Barton Competition, what they took away from the competition, and advise for future participants.

The Clara Barton IHL Competition (CBC) provides law students, international students, and military academy and institution students a unique opportunity to experience the laws of war as they are applied in practice, while offering these emerging leaders the chance to network with top authorities in this field.

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