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12 Nov AidEx 2014: Innovation in Aid and Development’

AidEx 2014

12-13 November 2014, Hall 11, Brussels Expo, Belgieplein - 1 - Place de Belgique, B-1020 Brussels, Belgium

AidEx is a major international conference and exhibition for humanitarian and development professionals of all stripes. Held annually in Brussels, we bring together different voices whether they be NGO fieldworkers, the public and private sectors, long-established thought leaders or brand new start-ups.

We encourage organisations to network with one another, connect with suppliers and attend topical sessions to facilitate discussions on the current challenges they face. It's also a great place to establish important, durable business relationships. Find out who will be crowned king or queen of Aid Innovation and who will win the coveted Humanitarian Hero of the Year Award at our prestigious awards ceremonies.

This year the theme will be 'Innovation in Aid & Development'. Dialogue sessions will be held with experts to question and understand what innovation is, whether its application is feasible in the aid and development arena and where future trends will lead us.

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13 Nov Evidence Aid systematic review training course: 13-14 November 2014, Belfast


Building on his successful and popular 2-day courses on systematic reviews, Professor Mike Clarke will run an Evidence Aid course, placing systematic reviews in the context of disasters and the provision of humanitarian aid, both medical and non-medical. The course provides learning and practical experience for many aspects of systematic reviewing, including question formulation, setting the eligibility criteria, searching and critical appraisal of studies, data extraction, analysis, and reporting.

Examples used to illustrate the key steps will be relevant to the humanitarian sector and participants should leave the course feeling much more comfortable about using reviews for decision making and confident about conducting a systematic review.

Location and course times

The course will take place on 13-14 November 2014 in Queen's University Belfast's Mulhouse Building on the Royal Victoria Hospital site, off Grosvenor Road in Belfast.

The timing will be 10.00-16.30 on 13 November, and 09.30-15.30 on 14 November (subject to slight change if necessary).

Registration fee and certificates of attendance

The registration fee is £150 for the two days, which will include lunch, tea and coffee on both days. Certificates of attendance will be available for those who request them.

As noted in the 'How to apply' section below, attendees will be allocated a place on a 'first come, first served' basis.

How to apply

Applicants should contact Claire Allen (, providing their contact details and up to 100 words on why they would like to attend the course.

Attendees will be allocated a place on a 'first come, first served' basis and a wait list will be held.



06 Dec Health and Humanitarian Response in Complex Emergencies

DATES: 6-7 December 2014


Complex emergencies can result in movements of populations, widespread malnutrition, disease, mental illness, suffering and other outcomes that trigger humanitarian responses from a wide range of national and international actors. Many deleterious outcomes of complex emergencies could be prevented through effective programming directed toward physical and psychological health and well-being.

This two day short course will present critical examination of the normative frameworks for humanitarian responses in addressing the health and well-being of populations in complex emergencies. Alternative approaches to complex emergencies will also be presented and assessed.

The topics reviewed in this course will include:

  • appropriate assessments of population health and well-being;
  • community mobilisation;
  • health services;
  • food security and nutritional maintenance;
  • health considerations for shelter and site planning;
  • water and sanitation;
  • the relationship between health and human rights.

Case studies and group discussions provide a forum for critical examination of the appropriateness of the reviewed standards and facilitate assessments of alternative ways for addressing: the health needs of populations; community participation; and appropriate programming in complex emergencies.

This course is suitable for: experienced practitioners; graduate researchers; parliamentarians and staff; government officials; and personnel of inter-governmental and nongovernmental organisations.



Professor Dawn Chatty is a social anthropologist whose ethnographic interests lie in the Middle East, particularly with nomadic pastoral tribes and refugee young people. Her research interests include a number of forced migration and development issues such as conservation-induced displacement, tribal resettlement, modern technology and social change, gender and development and the impact of prolonged conflict on refugee young people.



Dr Paul Kadetz completed his DPhil in Development Studies at the University of Oxford with an examination of the local implementation of the World Health Organization policies for health care integration, focusing on the eradication of Traditional Birth Attendants in rural communities of the Philippines.

Paul has also trained in Medical Anthropology (MSc, Oxon) and International Health and Development (MPH, Tulane). As a clinician, Paul has worked as a nurse practitioner, critical care nurse, and acupuncturist/herbalist. Paul has served as a researcher, facilitator, and rapporteur for the Western Pacific Region Office of the World Health Organization.

Paul has also served as a researcher for projects with UNHCR, UNAIDS, and the Department of Primary Care Health Services at the University of Oxford. His research has concerned local health care systems and health reform; integrative medicine; health diplomacy; health care governance and equity; and disaster recovery. Paul is an Associate of the China Centre for Health and Humanity at University College London.


Dr Holly Scheib is a Fellow at the Center for Global Health Equity and Instructor in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioural Sciences at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Holly is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College and serves as Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Consultant to International Medical Corps Mental Health and Psychosocial programmes in Amman, Jordan. Her work involves the study of community level interventions in the lives of displace migrant and disadvantaged groups, specialising in participatory methods action research, ethnography and monitoring evaluation.

Holly has designed academic programming and instructed graduate coursework in psychosocial health development, monitoring and evaluation, complex emergencies, social and behavioural theory, social theory, social change theories and international social work.


Fee: £350. The fee includes tuition, lunch and all course materials. Participants will need to meet their own travel and accommodation costs and arrange any UK entry requirements.

Instructions for payment of course fee will be sent with your offer of place. Your place will be confirmed once payment has been received. Offers are made on a first-come-first-served basis to suitably qualified and experienced applicants.

Maximum thirty spaces

Click here to complete the online application form


For all enquiries, please contact:

Heidi El-Megrisi
Refugee Studies Centre
Oxford Department of International Development
University of Oxford
3 Mansfield Road
Oxford OX1 3TB, UK

Tel: +44 (0)1865 281728 


08 Dec Workshop Opportunity: Effective Partnerships for Research in Humanitarian Crises

Date: 8–10 December 2014
Venue: Thistle Barbican Hotel, London

ELRHA is inviting proposals for our facilitated workshop from those wishing to set up a new research partnership between academics and humanitarian practitioners.

Successful proposals will receive bespoke support packages valued at £5100. The package will nurture partnerships through early programme development and teams will be invited to attend a three-day residential workshop that will culminate in the drawing up of a working agreement for an identified project with aims, objectives and outcomes as well as outline activities.

Core Workshop Outcomes:

  • Partner roles and responsibilities identified
  • Contributions of each partner member identified
  • Identifying what is important for each partner member
  • Identified activities / next steps
  • Longer term strategy developed to sustain the collaboration
  • Outline agreement created as to how the partnership will be managed
  • An understanding of the business aspects of partnering and their impact for planning

Criteria for applying:

  • One of the participating partners must be based at a UK Higher Education Institution (HEI) but not necessarily the lead organisation
  • The research focus must be of humanitarian relevance

Please click here for more information on the workshop and to apply
The deadline for applications is 30th September 2014.

If you have any questions please email


13 Apr Health systems through conflict and recovery

Date: 13th to 24th April 2015 
Venue:  Pisa, Italy 
Millions of people do not have access to health care, because health systems in many countries are either non-existent or dramatically failing. Most of them live in areas chronically affected by violent conflict or slowly re-emerging from it. 
The volatility and complexity of conflict and post-conflict contexts post daunting challenges to health workers - both national and international - who are called to rehabilitate derelict health structures. Lack of properly prepared professionals in this field has often resulted in reconstruction efforts characterised by weak analysis, little understanding, inadequate planning and poor implementation. This training programme intends to alleviate this gap. 
The Course aims to:
- Introduce participants to the main features of conflict-ridden environments
- Identify and discuss the main features of health systems during protracted crises and recovery processes and the most common distortions plaguing healthcare provision
- Analyse and reflect upon the challenges faced by health actors in countries affected or recovering from a conflict
- Introduce participants to recovery processes to the dangers they pose and to the opportunities they provide for correcting long-standing distortions and creating more efficient and fair health systems
- Familiarise participants with the existing literature in this field and stimulate their interest in conducting further research
The following topics will be covered: 

- The conflict environment; international and humanitarian law; the aid system and its politics; aid management;
- Information and intelligence in protracted crises
- The interpretation of epidemiological and mortality data in protracted crises; communicable diseases and conflict
- Health policy analysis, planning and financing in troubled health sectors
- Health-related resources: personnel, medicines, facilities, and their management
- Contributing to the recovery of disrupted health sectors, through analysis, research, negotiation, appraisal of options, and forecasting



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