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Governing Safer Cities: Strategies for a Globalised World

Many cities across the globe are being undermined by chronic insecurity and violence, which are often connected to crime challenges originating beyond their municipal borders. Analyses across ten cities, undertaken for the purposes of developing this framework, identified several key illicit flows that were relatively common and had a direct link to city safety, including trafficking of persons and drugs, illicit financial flows, firearms and counterfeit goods.

South Sudan Research Repository, making international assistance more conflict sensitive

The Conflict Sensitivity Resource Facility (CSRF) is a new initiative providing donors and implementing partners working in South Sudan access to research, analysis, training, and technical support with the aim of making international assistance more conflict sensitive.

Research in Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust: A Dialogue Beyond Borders

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance is pleased to announce the third volume in its publication series: "Research in Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust: A Dialogue Beyond Borders".

New Media Course: Tools & Techniques for Risk Assessment and Crisis Management

Next edition: 21 – 25 August 2017 in Stans in Switzerland

The challenge

is given the rapidly increasing deluge of information from multiple sources and in real time, finding actionable, verified intelligence contributing to efficient and effective responses, risk management and decision making. 
This course 
introduces participants to a variety of new and social media tools, platforms and apps used in the collection, presentation, verification and dissemination of critical information in a timely manner. Partiticpants have the chance to do hands-on exercises using these tools through interactive activities and group work, while also learning about cyber-security to protect information, communications and sources. A new and comprehensive module introduces ways on how to identify and guard against the intent of fake news, particularly over social media.

The participants
are members of the UN system and other international humanitarian, peacebuilding and peacekeeping agencies, experts working in crisis management, entrepreneurs in the humanitarian and IT sector, journalists, media personnel, consultants with an expertise or keen interest in crisis and risk management as well as business employees in relevant positions.
The course fee
The course fee amounts to 2000 Swiss Francs, covering the costs for tuition and full board accommodation. The fee is due before the beginning of the course. Travel costs and insurance have to be covered by the participants.

The application
contains a motivation letter and a CV that describes your background and the benefit the course would add to your professional expertise. The application letter should not exceed 1 A4 page and has to be in English, which is the course language.

Instruments of Pain: Conflict and Famine

The spectre of famine is primarily the result of war, not natural disaster. According to the UN, more than twenty million people, millions of them children, are at risk of starvation. This is happening in man-made crises and under the Security Council’s watch. In some places, the denial of food and other aid is a weapon of war as much as its consequence. Combatants’ fighting tactics often make the problem worse. These first two reports on Yemen and South Sudan are part in a series of four reports, and the remaining two reports are forthcoming.