Humanitarian Fault Lines, from Fordham University's Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs, explores what’s not going right in the world of humanitaria...
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Ugochi Daniels on Migration
Host Jamie McGoldrick speaks with Ugochi Daniels, Deputy Director General for Operations at the International Organization for Migration in the UN. They discuss a wide variety of topics related to migration. Jamie asks her about the impact the invasion of Ukraine is having as people are pushed into different parts of Europe. There is a conversation about political difficulties, as countries change policies to restrict or even ban migrants. Ugochi details working with governments to try and establish safe and orderly migration. They also talk about how rhetoric in the media can negatively influence the perception people have of migrants coming into their countries.
Niger Coup & West Africa
Host Jamie McGoldrick speaks with Hannah Rae Armstrong, a writer and policy advisor with over a decade of field based experience in North Africa and the Sahel. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Le Monde. Jamie and Hannah spoke in late August about the coup in Niger and its impact on the region. Hannah does a great job of explaining the different parties involved in the coup, and she details what makes this coup different from other ones in west Africa. She’s critical of the role France has played, saying they’ve made the situation worse with their rhetoric. There’s also a discussion about the impact new sanctions will have on people in Niger, a country which the United Nations Human Index Development ranks as one of the poorest in the world. Finally, Hannah gives her perspective on what could come next in Niger with tension high in the region.
Dr Jemilah Mahmood
Host Jamie McGoldrick speaks with Dr. Jemilah Mahmood, Executive Director of the Sunway Centre for Planetary Health. She’s also had an extensive career in crisis management, which includes time at the United Nations and as an advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Jamie and Jemilah discussed crises in southeast Asia and the responses to those crises. He asked her about the situation in Myanmar, and she gave her opinion on the ASEAN response to that humanitarian crisis. Jemilah provided her perspective on the non-interference framework of ASEAN which has been criticized by some. Other topics of conversation include China’s influence and relationship with ASEAN, and the impact climate change is having in that part of the world. She was critical of the global response to climate challenges and emphasized that more needs to be done there.
Host Jamie McGoldrick speaks with David Beasley. He served as the Executive Director of the World Food Programme from 2017 until April 2023, and he’s had a long career in U.S. politics which includes over a decade in Congress. David was the head of the WFP when it won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2020. The conversation focuses on the growing challenges in getting food to hungry people around the world. David explains that conflicts are the biggest obstacle to ending hunger by 2030, a goal set by the United Nations. Jamie and David discuss the war in Ukraine and the impact it’s having on food, with grain and fertilizer supply and delivery restricted. David says the suspension of the Black Sea grain deal will have catastrophic effects on the poor and hungry. Finally, David lays out what he would like to see governments and large corporations do to aid in stopping world hunger.
Host Jamie McGoldrick speaks with Afghan journalist Zahra Joya, who was named one of Time’s Women of the Year in 2022. She created Rukhshana Media in November 2020, the publication covers women’s issues in Afghanistan including reproductive health, sexual violence, and gender discrimination. Jamie speaks with her about the humanitarian crisis in the nation as the Taliban places restrictions on what women can do. Zahra describes a difficult situation, with hunger and high levels of poverty. She explains how the situation is especially challenging for women who were breadwinners in their families. They are struggling to bring home income with restrictions on women’s ability to get jobs or even leave the home without a male escort. Jamie also asks Zahra about the obstacles with humanitarian assistance as the Taliban has banned Afghan women aid workers. Zahra says there are certain issues better suited for a woman aid worker than a man, especially when it comes to healthcare.
Humanitarian Fault Lines, from Fordham University's Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs, explores what’s not going right in the world of humanitarian affairs. Jamie McGoldrick examines why these crises have developed, and he seeks to find voices to speak on these issues and what is, or isn’t, being done to address them. Jamie also looks to find answers to some of the most challenging questions in the humanitarian world.The IIHA offers undergraduate and graduate programs, and serves the humanitarian community through intensive local training, research, webinars, conferences, exhibitions, publications and this podcast. You can find more information by visiting the Institute's website.