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5th March 2013

Contents

1. Training, Workshops, Learning
a. How to evaluation humanitarian action (21-22 March 2013)
b. Courses in development policy, planning and management (next course: 22 April 2013)
c. Strengthening policy and practice (15-19 July 2013)
d. MA in conflict, development and security
 
2. Seminars and Conferences
a. Savimbi's death: does it make a difference? (7 March 2013)
b. ODI: March 2013 series of meetings on good governance (7, 13, 22, 27 March 2013)
c. Conflict resolution through culture (14-17 March 2013)
d. Conflict research: past, present and future (25-27 March 2013)
e. Perspectives on conflict (8 May 2013)
f. Call for papers: War, virtual war and the challenges to communities (16-18 July 2013)
 
3. Events and Campaigns
a. Journeys of Hope film season (10, 17, 24, 31 March 2013)
 
4. New Resources
  Publications:
a. Peace and conflict 2015: A global survey of armed conflicts, self-determination movements, and democracy
  Online:
a. Global Focus online newsletter
b. New online journal for peace and conflict studies
c. Reporting Nonviolence and Protecting Human Rights
d. UNESCO Global Movement for Peace site
e. DFID -  Select Committee - Government Response to the Committee's Report on the Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan
f. Discrimination against women and girls in Afghanistan
g. Humanitarianism Under Threat - The Impact of Small Arms and Light Weapons
h. Poverty vs Conflict: Understanding Africa's Wars
i. AFGHANDEV
  Other resources:
a. Only Through Dialogue - The Somali Way to Peace
 
5. Volunteer and Job Vacancies
a. International Alert: Programme Funding Officer (closing date: 8 March 2013)
b. Plaid Cymru / Westminster Foundation for Democracy: Projects Coordinator - Political Party Development (closing date: 15 March 2013)
c. Peace Brigades International: International Observers (orientation weekend: 9-12 May 2013)

Please note that the information presented in this issue does not necessarily represent the views of QED.

1. Training, Workshops & Learning

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a.  How to Evaluate Humanitarian Action
20th - 21st March 2013
London (non-residential)


InterWorks, in association with ALNAP, is pleased to announce this forthcoming two-day course as part of a range of ALNAP activities seeking to improve the effectiveness of the evaluation process within the humanitarian sector. The course is based on one of three training modules developed by ALNAP.

Course Director: Sheila Reed
The course aims to provide participants with: - a clearer understanding of the nature of evaluation of humanitarian action (EHA) and the evaluator's role and responsibilities therein, including associated competencies - EHA normative frameworks - e.g. international standards, legal frameworks and evaluation of humanitarian action criteria and how and when to incorporate them as evaluators - an understanding of relational and contextual issues arising and the means to identify and address specific dilemmas, difficulties and challenges frequently associated with undertaking EHA. - practical guidance in evaluation design, implementation and reporting back to ensure the delivery of a valued report and increase the likelihood of follow-up. To maximise the course's effectiveness, the number of participants will be restricted to 20.

Audience:
The target audience of the course will be consultants and staff of humanitarian organisations who carry out evaluations. The minimum profile for participants is: a least 2 years experience working in the field of humanitarian action (field, country office or head office);  the implementation of at least 2 evaluations (not necessarily of humanitarian action); familiarity with project cycle management (from assessment through to evaluation).
Learning Methods:
case studies, facilitated discussion, learning exercises.
Language of course: English
Course Fees: £200 (non residential)
Please send a completed application form to Colin Hadkiss at: c.hadkiss odi.org.uk

b. Courses in development policy, planning and management
Next course: 22 April 2013
Development Studies Centre, University of Birmingham, UK


Development Studies Courses (11-week very intensive) at Selly Oak have been in existence for last 26 years. Courses covered include Development Management [esp. NGOs and Aid sector], Project Planning and Management, Health and Social Development, Participatory Community Development, and Role of Civil Society. To date, the Selly Oak has trained more than 1000 development professionals drawn from over 100 countries and regions.

The Development Studies Course in Selly Oak was established in 1974.  The courses are designed to meet the needs of people working in many kinds of non-government and international aid organisations as well as government departments.  The programme encourages applications from women, minorities and people with disabilities.  Postgraduate Certificate options might be available subject to the approval of the University of Birmingham.

Dates for future courses:
20 April to 06 July 2013
28 September to 14 December 2013

Further information, including course fees and application forms are available from the Centre for Development Studies website at: http://www.bham.ac.uk/CDS or by contacting: Mrs. Wendy Banner, Course Administrator, Development Studies, School of Social Sciences, The University of Birmingham, Elmfield House, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6LQ, UK. Tel: +44 (0)121 415 2295; Fax: +44 (0)121 415 2296; Email:     w.banner bham.ac.uk.

c. Strengthening Policy and Practice
15-19 July 2013
Responding to Conflict, Selly Oak, Birmingham, UK


A residential course for staff of international and national agencies with advisory and management responsibility for relief, development, rights and peacebuilding programmes. Practical and experience-based, the course aims to assist participants to find constructive ways of engaging with unpredictable and rapidly changing circumstances. The interaction between policy and practice is a major theme.

This course is relevant for those engaged in the planning, management and implementation of aid and development programmes and those concerned with developing policies for appropriate responses in complex, political emergencies.

Cost: GB£875, including full board
Places limited to 26. Book early as place fill up quickly.
For more information, contact: Responding to Conflict, 1046 Bristol Road, Birmingham B29 6LJ, UK. Tel: +44 (0)121 415 5641; Fax: +44 (0)121 415 4119; Email: enquiries respond.org. Website: www.respond.org

d. MA in conflict, development and security
Institute for Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds


This new one-year MA programme addresses the increasing overlap between development and security.   This merger has had a major policy impact and is reflected, for example, in the operational networks linking donor governments, UN agencies, NGOs, military establishments and private companies under the rubric of humanitarian intervention and social reconstruction.  At the same time, there has been an increasing emphasis on policy coherence between aid and politics.  The use of aid and development as a strategic tool of international stability poses new challenges and questions.  This inter-disciplinary MA programme consists of a core course, optional modules and a dissertation.  The core course in Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance provides a broad introduction while specialisation takes place through the dissertation topic chosen by the student and the wide choice of optional modules drawn from the fields of development, international or security studies.

The course will be of interest to both graduate students interested in conflict and international intervention and practioners wishing to explore issues in more depth.
The programme begins on 25th September 2013. 

The Programme Director is Prof Mark Duffield.  For further information, please contact:  The Postgraduate Office, Institute for Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK. Tel: +44 (0)113 233 6843; Fax: +44 (0)113 233 4400; Email: polispg leeds.ac.uk. The Institute web pages can be found at: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/polis

2. Seminars and conferences

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a. Savimbi's death: does it make a difference?
Thursday 7th March 2013, 10.00am
Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1 (nearest tube: Russell Square)
Organised by the Catholic Institute for International Relations (CIIR) and the London SOAS Alumni Association


Panel:
Victoria Brittain, Guardian Deputy Foreign Editor
Gustavo di Silva, Angola Broadcast Journalist
Tony Dykes, Christian Aid Regional Manager for Southern Africa
Joe Hanlon, Freelance Journalist

Also invited:
F Jose, Angola Embassy Defence Attache
J Denwood, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Angolan Desk Officer

The circumstances surrounding UNITA leader Jonas Savimbi's deaht seemed incredible, so much so that the Angolan government believed it necessary to display the corpse soon after making its claims public. Numerous questions have already been raised about Savimbi's death, but the more important ones concern the future of Angola and its war-weary people. The organisers hope that the diverse panel will provide answers to these questions and suggest what is likely to happen.

This event is free and open to all with an interest in Angolan and African politics. It is advisable to book a place beforehand as seats are limited.

For more information or to reserve a place, contact: Arlete on (020) 7609 1470 or email Gugelethu at: mnkabayi hotmail.com

b. ODI: March 2013 series of meetings on good governance
Rethinking "good governance". Why experience with natural resources challenges the conventional wisdom and how we can do better.


International development assistance is increasingly concerned with good governance. Without good governance, countries are fighting a losing battle to reconcile poverty reduction with environmental objectives. Complicating matters, good governance encompasses a range of issues which can be intangible and hard to measure. However, perhaps more than any other sector, the forest sector has long struggled with - and thereby given life to - a range of these issues. Experience in the forest sector clearly demonstrates how a combination of inappropriate regulation and weak governance can erode the assets of the poor and increase their vulnerability. What lessons can we learn from the pioneering governance reforms in the forest sector and how can we apply them to promote wider gains in good governance and pro-poor change?

If you are interested in attending any of the meetings listed below, please reply by email to Diana Evans at: meetings odi.org.uk.

BREATHING LIFE INTO 'GOOD GOVERNANCE' - WHAT DOES EXPERIENCE WITH NATURAL RESOURCES TELL US ABOUT THE ROLE OF DONORS?
Thursday 7 March 2013, 1.00-2.15pm
Hilary Benn MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development

IS 'PARTICIPATION' A POOR EXCUSE FOR DEMOCRACY?
Wednesday 13 March 2013, 1.00-2.15pm
Jon Lindsay, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Case Study: Forests and democratic development in Cameroon.
Timothe Fomete, University of Dschang, Cameroon

DOES DECENTRALISATION HARM THE POOR? LESSONS FROM FORESTRY IN INDONESIA, AND WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICA
Friday 22 March 2013, 1.00-2.15pm
John McCarthy, Murdoch University, on Indonesia
Jesse Ribot, World Resources Institute, on West and Central Africa

'BAD GOVERNANCE' - CAN GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
Wednesday 27 March 2013, 1.00-2.15pm
Gill Shepherd, ODI and second speaker to be announced shortly.

Venue for all meetings: Conference Room, Overseas Development Institute, 111 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7JD. (Nearest underground Lambeth North, or 5 minutes walk from Waterloo underground and mainline stations).  Please reply by email to Diana Evans at meetings odi.org.uk  if you are interested in attending any of these meetings.

c. Conflict resolution through culture
14-17 March 2013
The Royal National Hotel, Russell Square, London


An international conference for the inauguration of the England Branch of IFLAC in memory of Yitzhak Rabin. The Keynote Speaker will be Dahlia Rabin MK, daughter of Yitzhak Rabin and Deputy Defence Minister of  Israel.

The Conference will address the cultural causes of conflict, violence, terrorism and war. It will examine the means for conflict resolution and explore ways of building a culture and a literature of peace. Through discussions, workshops, scholarly papers, testimonials and performances of poetry, drama and music, peace researchers, scholars and artists from many countries will examine ways of reconciling the diverse and highly conflicted Middle East and world. The conference is organised by IFLAC Pave Peace, the Spiro Ark and the Moshe  Sharrett Educational Centre.

IFLAC: The International Forum for the Literature and Culture of Peace, is an inter-denominational network of peace researchers, writers, poets, artists and intellectuals who work together to foster "Bridges of  Culture," co-operation, understanding and trust between people and nations. Its world center is in Haifa, a  city of co-existence.  It was founded in 1999 by writer and peace researcher, Ada Aharoni. 

The Spiro Ark is a leading educational  institute in London, internationally reknowned for its innovative programs and methodologies, founded by Nitza and Robin Spiro. Its aims are to bring the knowledge of Jewish history and  culture through non-conventional methods and with a universal perspective to the community at large. The Moshe Sharrett Educational Centre, in Jerusalem, offers educational programs that promote democratic and pluralistic values buttressed by a spirit of peace and humanistic and Jewish values.  Michael Landsberg, is Chairman of the MSEC.

For further information, contact The Spiro Ark, Springfield Crescent, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 8FT, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 8958 6272; Fax: +44 (0)20 8905 4367; Email: spiroark aol.com

d.  Conflict Research: Past, Present and Future
25-27 March 2013
High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, UK


This 3-day residential conference is intended as a forum for the discussion and exchange of ideas between researchers from different institutions at the cutting edge in conflict research and related fields, and with others having an interest in the field.   The programme is designed to maximise opportunities for discussion, while including a number of keynote speakers.  The Conference will also notably include a visit to the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of The Prisoner's Dilemma at the Pit Theatre in the Barbican, a challenging piece exploring conflict resolution.

The conference is open to both members and non-members of the CRS.  The organisers are keen to see a good mix of participants in terms of disciplinary background, perspective, experience and skills, so as to achieve the richest possible debate and discussion.  The conference will provide an opportunity to share your ideas on, or to learn about, both the theory and practice of conflict research.

Cost: GB£100 (all inclusive fee including accommodation and theatre ticket)

For further information, see their website at: www.cct.org.uk/hleigh/high_leigh_home.htm or contact: David Maxwell, Flat 6, 68 Chaucer Road, Bedford, MK40 2AP, UK. Fax and tel: +44 (0)1234 352273; Email dcmaxwell talk21.com.

e. Perspectives on conflict
Wednesday 8th May 2013, 9:30am - 5:30pm
School of Oriental & African Studies, Thornaugh Street, London.


Physical acts of violence are transitory peaks in conflict lived.  Antagonistic parties maintain a sense of what constitutes 'the conflict' through tenacious and persuasive verbal representation.  Implicated parties continuously generate different interpretations, representations and explanations of the conflict.  Different status is given to causal factors (such as ethnicity), different historical trajectories are proposed, and people and events are labelled in different ways.  There is a 'conflict about the conflict'.

To generate their own perception of 'reality on the ground', practitioners are required to interpret, manage and choose between multiple, and often competing, representations - all presented as 'facts' by diverse actors (local contacts, multilateral and bilateral agencies, the media, academics).  How do 'Conflict Resolution' practitioners manage and integrate this multitude of divergent representations?  On what basis are decisions made regarding the status of different representations, their reliability and whether an 'authentic' synthesis can be created? 

The conference is designed to bring together academics, journalists, NGO and bi-/multilateral agency personnel to consider the following questions:

  • How do/should practitioners manage different representations? 
  • By what criteria is 'factual' status conferred upon one representation over another?
  • What kind of transformation do representations undergo as they are synthesised (and stabilised) into briefing papers and policy documents?
  • Do practitioners consider conflict resolution to be a matter of identifying a single 'reality'?
  • What value do practitioners place on engaging with multiple representations, abandoning the search for a single representation?
  • To what extent are multiple perspectives the essence of any given conflict?
In the morning session, speakers from the NGO, bi-/multilateral agency and academic communities are to make presentations on these issues (Areas to be considered include Central Africa and the former Yugoslavia).  In the afternoon, concurrent thematic discussion groups will consider a variety of issues including (mis)-representation in the Media, (mis)-representation in policy documents and the limits/challenges of representation in general.

A few presentation slots remain unfilled.  If you would like to make a 15 minute presentation in the morning session, please contact Nigel Eltringham at email: ne2 soas.ac.uk.
Conference fee (including coffee, tea, lunch and documentation) - GB£10.
For further information and an application form, contact Nigel Eltringham at email: ne2 soas.ac.uk.  Registration deadline 26th April 2013.

f. Call for papers: War, virtual war and the challenges to communities
16-18 July 2013
Oxford, UK


This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference marks the launch of a new project to provide a challenging forum for the examination and evaluation of the nature, purpose and experience of war, and its impacts on all aspects of communities across the world. Viewing war as a multi-layered phenomenon, the conference series will seek to explore the historical, legal, social, religious, economic, and political contexts of conflicts, and assess the place of art, journalism, literature, music, the media and the internet in representation and interpretation of the experience of warfare.

In particular papers, workshops, reports, and presentations are invited on any of the following themes:

  • The sources, origins, and causes of war; why and how do wars begin?
  • The "control" of warfare; how is and should warfare be conducted? 
  • What are the limits of conflict? 
  • Are there any prohibitions in fighting a war?  
  • Security issues; protection issues; borders and boundaries.
  • The nature of warfare; strategy and strategic thought; changes and the implications of changes in the ways wars are fought; the influence and effect of technologies; changes in the nature and role of military personnel; information and information warfare.
  • Types of warfare - land, sea, air, space, chemical, biological; guerrilla warfare; "total" warfare; genocide, ethnic cleansing; terrorism; preemptive war; scorched earth; war crimes; crimes against humanity.
  • The extent of war; blockades, sanctions, defence expenditure and the impact on social and public policy.
  • The "ethics" of war; just war; deterrence; defence and self-defence; the influence of nationalism; the place of human rights; societies and the military; increases in moral sensibilities - qualms about carpet bombing, collateral damage; the important role of religion, the church, and the intellectual elite in multi-ethnic conflict.
  • The experience of war; art, literature, music, poetry, and the theatre; the role of the media - journalism, radio, television, the internet; propaganda; representing the realities of war versus "national interest" - images of the heroism, glory, tacit and explicit justifications of war.
  • The prevention of war; the role of conflict resolution; avoiding war; peace-keeping; the role and importance of law and international legal order; the rise and impact of non-violent movements.
Papers will be considered on related themes. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 5th April 2013. Full draft papers should be submitted by Tuesday 18th June 2013.

The conference is sponsored by Inter-Disciplinary.Net and Learning Solutions as part of the "Probing the Boundaries" programme, and aims to create working "encounter" groups between people of differing perspectives, disciplines, professions, and contexts. The project is to be supported by an e-mail discussion group, ISSN e-journal, and dedicated ISBN publication series. Selected papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be published in themed volumes.

For further information, contact Dr Rob Fisher on email: rf inter-disciplinary.net or visit their website at: http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/wvw1.htm

3. Events and Campaigns

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a. Journeys of Hope film season
Sunday 3 February - Sunday 31 March 2013
Special Film Season at the Everyman Cinema


The urgent plight of refugees and asylum seekers has become a key theme for filmmakers from around the world, giving rise to some of the most disturbing, heartrending and deeply thought-provoking cinema of our times. The triumphs, disappointments and sheer disorientation of those in search of a new life are recounted with finely observed detail and frequently absurd humour.

This season of international films, organised by the Spiro Ark in collaboration with the Everyman Cinema, Hampstead, will reflect current crises while also looking back at the turbulent history of twentieth century exile, with a special focus on the Jewish experience. Screenings will be accompanied by talks, panel debates and discussions with filmmakers.

EL NORTE
Sunday 10 March 2pm
US 1983, 140 mins. Dir: Gregory Nava
A rare screening for this tremendous Oscar-winning drama in which Enrique and his sister Rosa leave violence-torn Guatemala in search of the fabled land of opportunities - El Norte or North America. Their grueling attempt to reach Los Angeles via the border guards and illegal operators of Mexico is just half the story, making a life there the other. Recounted with humour and compassion, their struggle to survive and their acute sense of culture shock, cut straight to the heart.
Speakers: Nick Hardwick, Director of the Refugee Council.

HESTER STREET
Sunday 17 March 2pm
US 1974, 92 mins. Dir: Joan Micklin Silver
An atmospheric and highly enjoyable tale of Jewish immigrants in late nineteenth century New York: Jake, a Russian émigré, who prides himself on having become a real Yankee, is disconcerted when his wife Gitl finally arrives in the New World with a whole lot of assimilating still to do. A fascinating and gently ironic exploration of the tension created by trying to preserve traditional values while hotly pursuing the American Dream.
Speaker: Professor Barry Kosmin, Director of Jewish Policy Research.

JOURNEY OF HOPE (REISE DER HOFFNUNG)
Sunday 24 March 2pm
Switzerland 1990, 110 mins. Dir: Xavier Koller
Inspired by a postcard from their recently emigrated cousin, Haydar and his family abandon the poverty and hardship of their Southern Turkish village for the imagined paradise of Switzerland. Xavier Koller's Oscar-winning film grippingly portrays the terrors of their journey - culminating in a night-time trek across the Alps - while the outstanding performances forcefully convey the mixture of fear and optimism which fuels such desperate adventures.
Speaker: John Morrison, Campaign Director at the Body Shop.

BESIEGED (L'ASSEDIO)
Sunday 31 March 2pm
Italy 1998, 93 mins. Dir: Bernardo Bertolucci
Bertolucci's melodrama, executed with huge cinematic panache, centres on a young Kenyan woman (Thandie Newton) who seeks refuge in Rome following the arrest of her husband by the military government back home. Assailed by burning memories of her previous life, she is besieged too by the passionate advances of her boss (David Thewlis) - an eccentric English pianist whose house she cleans. Yet his music alienates her, just as he is perplexed by the very different rhythms she prefers. A wonderfully romantic and original exploration of the clash and gradual convergence of cultures.
Speakers: Helen Bamber, Director of the 'Medical Foundation for the Care for  Victims of Torture. Glenda Jackson MP (tbc), Janet Banana (wife of the ex-President of Zimbabwe - in pipe line)

For further information, contact Spiro Ark at email: SpiroArk aol.com or the Everyman Cinema in Hampstead, London.

4.  New Resources

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Publications:

a. Peace and conflict 2015: A global survey of armed conflicts, self-determination movements, and democracy
From the Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM), University of Maryland.


This publication is the first publication from the Integrated Network for Societal Conflict Research (INSCR) Program. This full-color, 40-page "global report card" details major trends in armed conflict, self-determination movements, and democracy through the contemporary era, 1946-2000, and provides a "conflict ledger" assessing each country's "peace-building capacity" at the turn of the new millennium.

For further information, see: http://www.bsos.umd.edu/cidcm/peace.htm or contact: CIDCM, Tydings Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA. Tel: +1 301 314-7703; Fax: +1 301 314-9256; Email: cidcm cidcm.umd.edu.

Online:

a. Global Focus online newsletter
Produced by the OneWorld TrustThis two page hyper-linked bulletin allows you to scan the stories you are interested in, covering issues from human rights and the environment to peace and security.


The One World Trust is a registered charity working within Parliament since 1951. It co-operates with the All Party Group for World Government disseminating information promoting world community, focusing on UN reform, International Justice, International Development and the Environment. This is achieved by organizing lectures and conferences, by making the experience and resources of the Trust available to schools for the teaching of citizenship, briefings on relevant issues and by the Charter 99 campaign (www.charter99.org), aimed to put democratic reform of global governance at the top of the political agenda.

To obtain a free copy of Global Focus, go to: http://www.charter99.org/news/index.html

b.  New Online Journal for Peace and Conflict Studies

Peace, Conflict & Development is a new refereed online journal focusing on contemporary issues in Conflict and Peace Studies. Based at the Department of Peace Studies, Bradford (UK), and managed by postgraduate research students, it aims to publish innovative writing on a wide range of topics from an interdisciplinary perspective (sociology, politics, international relations, anthropology, development studies, philosophy). The journal is now issuing its first call for papers on the topic: Scholarship and Activism: The Relevance of Peace Research for Peace Making. Deadline for submissions: April 12th 2013. Postgraduate Research Students are particularly encouraged to submit contributions.

Please visit: www.peacestudiesjournal.org.uk for more details.

c.  Reporting Nonviolence and Protecting Human Rights

Reports from PBI's 20th anniversary conference, 'Promoting nonviolence and protecting human rights - the role of civilian third party initiatives in conflict areas' held in October 2015 are now available online at: www.peacebrigades.org/conference. Speakers at the conference included: Johan Galtung (TRANSCEND), Francis Deng (UN Special Representative), Kerrie Howard (Amnesty International), Claudette Werleigh (Life and Peace Institute, former Prime Minister of Haiti).

d.  Unesco Global Movement for Peace Site
(from The Drum Beat - 131 - E-Mags, Terrorism?, Awards, Forums, Links)


Global Movement for Peace - an interactive site from UNESCO for the Manifesto for Peace and for exchange of information between organisations and individuals working for a culture of peace.  http://www3.unesco.org/iycp/uk/uk_F_sum.htm

e. DFID -  Select Committee - Government Response to the Committee's Report on the Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan

Available online at: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ cm201502/cmselect/cmintdev/633/63302.htm

f. Discrimination against women and girls in Afghanistan
A report from the Commission on the Status of Women.


Available online at: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/csw46/afghan_report.pdf

g. Humanitarianism Under Threat - The Impact of Small Arms and Light Weapons
(From ID21 News Issue No 63)


Of the more than 150 major conflicts since the Second World War, 130 have been fought in developing countries. Today's mainly intra-state, low intensity, violent political conflicts are on the increase. Small arms and light weapons are the principal weapons used in conflict situations. But what is their humanitarian cost? And what affect does this have on sustainable development?

For further inforamtion, see: http://www.id21.org/society/s10brm1g1.html or contact: Robert Muggah, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Small Arms Survey, Geneva, Switzerland. Email: muggah hei.unige.ch.

h. Poverty vs Conflict: Understanding Africa's Wars
(From ID21 News Issue No 63)


Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) stands out from other developing regions by the sheer number of conflicts and the massive impact on lives and livelihoods. In SSA, as the distinction between criminal and political violence becomes ever more blurred, has armed conflict become the major determinant of poverty? If so, what can be done?

For further information, see: http://www.id21.org/society/s10brl1g2.html or contact: Robin Luckham, Institute of Development Studies, University of Brighton, Brighton, Sussex BNl 9RE, UK. Tel: +44 (0)1273 678782.

i. AFGHANDEV

The Interuniversity Consortium for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (Montreal) is pleased to announce the establishment of the AFGHANDEV email list on Afghan development issues. The list will be moderated by Rex Brynen and Marc Lanteigne of McGill University.

AFGHANDEV is not a general news and discussion list. Rather, it is a restricted-circulation listserv intended to focus on humanitarian assistance and development issues in Afghanistan. List membership is limited to development agencies, foreign ministries, NGOs, journalists, academics, and others working on Afghanistan.

AFGHANDEV is based on the model of ICAMES's existing email lists on Palestine, PALDEV (on West Bank/Gaza development) and FOFOFGNET (on Palestinian refugees). PALDEV and FOFOGNET each reach over 300 policymakers, agencies, NGOs, and scholars in 17 countries.

To subscribe to AFGHANDEV (or PALDEV or FOFOGNET), please contact Rex Brynen at: rex.brynen mcgill.ca. Please include a sentence or two describing your interest/involvement in humanitarian relief, development, and peacebuilding issues.

Other resources:

a. Only Through Dialogue - The Somali Way to Peace

The fourth video in the series produced by Responding to Conflict's project, Linking Policy to Practice (LPP), is now available.

Other videos in the series include:
The Wajir Story
Gulu - The Struggle for Peace
Pulling Together - Community Policing in the new South Africa
Practice to Policy

Price: GB£20 (US$30) per video including postage and packing or GB£85 (US$120) for the set.
For further information or to order, contact: Mrs Pat Priestly, Programme Administrator, Responding to Conflict, 1046 Bristol Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6LJ, UK. Tel: +44 (0)121 5641; Fax: +44 (0) 121 415 4119; Email: enquiries respond.org. Website: www.respond.org

5. Volunteer and Job Vacancies

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a. International Alert: Programme Funding Officer
Closing date for applications: 8th March 2013
Salary: GB£21,309 (pro-rata) (6 month position)


International Alert is an NGO which works for the transformation of violent internal conflict. IA works in a limited number of countries in which there is a civil war, or the potential for civil war, and aims to build trust and confidence between divided communities, develop local peace constituencies and create the conditions in which the causes of conflict may be resolved by dialogue rather than violence. International Alert's income comes exclusively from major institutional donors - governments (60%), development NGOs (15%) and foundations (25%), mostly from outside the UK.

The Fundraising Team works very closely with the programme teams on the development of programme proposals. This involves participating in (and sometimes facilitating) programme planning sessions, and so experience of using planning tools (especially logical frameworks) is highly desirable. The team also works with the Secretary General and the Communications Officer on the external representation role, and with Finance on the preparation of donor budgets and financial reports. Externally, Fundraising provides the principal point of contact between International Alert and its donors.

The postholder will be responsible for securing the funding and managing donor relations for specific programmes. These are likely to be:
The Women Building Peace Campaign: this is an international campaign to highlight and strengthen the role of women peacebuilders globally. The campaign works at the level of UN and the EU (having already achieved Security Council and EU resolutions), as well as supporting the peace efforts of more than 300 local women's organisations that have signed up to the campaign.
Business and Conflict: this programme works to raise awareness of the potential of the corporate sector (trans-national corporations and local business) to contribute to conflict prevention. It has a well-developed field operation in Azerbaijan and is looking to strengthen its existing programme links in Colombia, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. Influencing policy at the global level, including the development of codes of conduct. is a key strategic objective.
Sri Lanka - the programme's primary goal is to strengthen local capacity to negotiate and sustain a peaceful outcome to the country's longstanding conflict. Working with key national partner organisations, the sectors being targeted include the private sector (local business), peace education (through the Ministry of Education), strengthening the peace constituency (specifically the role of Buddhist clergy) and capacity building of civil society organisations.

They are particularly keen to recruit staff who have experience of working on development and gender issues.

Application forms, equal opportunity monitoring forms (both of which must be submitted to apply for the post) and further information, including the full job description, are available from the International Alert website at: http://www.international-alert.org/aboutus/vacancies.htm or from: Korrine Virgo-Milbourn, International Alert, 1 Glyn Street, London SE11 5HT, UK. Email: kvirgo-milbourn international-alert.org

b. Plaid Cymru / Westminster Foundation for Democracy: Projects Coordinator - Political Party Development
Closing date for applications: 15th March 2013
Salary £22k pro rata (40%) - £8,800
Based in London


Political parties in Westminster receive funding from the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) for political party development work overseas. The smaller political parties have decided to pool their resources and Plaid Cymru -The Party of Wales - has been nominated as the lead and represents the parties on the WFD Board of Governors.  Plaid Cymru now wishes to appoint a projects coordinator  to act as the link between the political parties and WFD.  The projects coordinator will be responsible for assisting the political parties to develop project ideas and to submit proposals to WFD for funding.  He / she will be based in the offices of Plaid Cymru in Westminster.  The position may involve occasional overseas travel. This is a part time position (40%), with working days being organised by mutual agreement between the post holder and Plaid Cymru

Candidates must have an understanding of political development issues and interest in the challenges to democratic progress. Experience of political party work would be an advantage.

A CV, and a 1 page covering letter should be sent to: The Chief Executive, Plaid Cymru, 18 Park Grove, Cardiff CF10 3BN, UK or emailed to karl.davies plaidcymru.org  by Friday 15 March 2013.

c. Peace Brigades International: International Observers
Orientation weekend: 9-12 May 2013


International Observers wanted to work for the protection of Human Rights Defenders in  Colombia, Mexico and Indonesia. You must be over 25 and fluent in the language of the country you attend.

Interested ?

PBI is holding an orientation weekend for potential volunteers at the Youth Hostel in Jordans, Buckinghamshire 9-12 May 2013.

For more information please send your CV and an A4 SAE (54p) to: PBI UK, 1b Waterlow Road, London N19 5NJ, UK. Email: pbiuk gn.apc.org; Website: www.peacebrigades.org


 
 
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