Listen in every Friday as Lars Peter Nissen hosts conversations on all things humanitarian with a variety of guests. If you are passionate about humanitarian action and looking for new answers, you will enjoy listening to the smart, honest interviews about all things humanitarian.
Humanitarians say that they will base their interventions on needs. But how do you define needs? and how do standards and methodologies influence the way we think about humanitarian action?
These are some of issues Joël Glasman and Lars Peter Nissen unpack in this episode. Joël is a historian and has written the book Humanitarianism and the Quantification of Human Needs: Minimal Humanity (https://www.google.com/search?q=Humanitarianism+and+the+Quantification+of+Human+Needs:+Minimal+Humanity+Jo%C3%ABl+Glasman&stick=H4sIAAAAAAAAAOPgE-LVT9c3NEwqTyspNDc0VYJwM1Kq0lPi0820pLKTrfST8vOz9RNLSzLyi6xA7GKF_LycykWsoR6luYl5mSWJRZlAqjhXITEvRaEkI1UhsDQxryQzLTM5sSQzP08hP00BrFLBLzU1pdhKwTczLzM3MUcBqr1SwSv_8OocBfecxGKgwA5WRgBrij81lwAAAA&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi_z7Pb5cXsAhURO8AKHaFLArsQmxMoATAXegQICxAD).
If you are not familiar with the Worldwide Tribe the first thing you need to do is find their website and listen to the podcast (yes do that even before you listen to this episode).
Jasmin (Jaz) O'Hara is the founder of the tribe and she has an inspirational story to tell.
The work of the WWT is very much about countering the refugee and immigrant narrative that is so predominant today and the tribe does a great job of it. But if you listen carefully I believe you will also hear the a story about the journey and learning of a new type of humanitarian organisation that brings a different and powerful skillset to the table and that I believe will be core to the DNA of the future humanitarian sector.
You can find the tribe on www.worldwidetribe.com and follow it on instagram @theworldwidetribe.
Six years and a flood
The travel industry provides everything a person on the move needs just like the humanitarian industry. It is also one of the largest industries in the world with a turnover many thousand times that of the humanitarian industry.
In this weeks conversations the founder of the Blue Yonder, Gopinath Parayil discusses of the travel industry can contribute towards creating more resilient communities.
Ask the crowd
This weeks guest on Trumanitarian is Nama Budhathoki, the founder and Executive Chairman of www.kathmandulivinglabs.org. KLL did amazing work with crowdsourcing and assessment during the 2015 Kathmandu Earthquake. The conversation is arond the role that information and technology can play in shaping the humanitarian narrative and about the business model underpinning a small innovative organization
Siri Melchior Tellier worked for many years with the UN in countries such as Afghanistan, DPRK, China etc. But this conversation is about data: how we use it, how we do not use it in decisions, what you do when you dont have the data you need, but you still need to make a decision. We also talk about standards and whether they make us less brave Finally, we reflect of the Covid-19 pandemic and how to work with data and evidence in a sitaution where we really do not know what is going on.
The customer is king
Strengthening accountability to affected populations is a priority for the humanitarian sector. Since the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit the Grand Bargain has energized the accountability to affected populations (AAP) agenda and led to significant investments in strengthened accountability frameworks.
The key question is to what extent this has changed the situation of crisis affected populations. In this episode Nick van Praag, the founder of Ground Truth Solutions gives his take on how much progress has been made and what is next.