The Instrumentalization of Humanitarian Work

HPN Coordinator Speaks with Antonio Donini

ICRC visits to detainees. The how, the what and the why

A behind the scenes look at an ICRC visit to a prison

Facing Vulnerability in a Changing World, with António Guterres

Listen to António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, discuss the challenges facing humanitarian actors in the years to come.

Conducting Field Research on Conflict - Talk by Professor Paul Gready

Watch Prof. Paul Gready (University of York) discuss conducting research on conflict or in post-conflict settings.

Hugo Slim - Applying Humanitarian Principles

Watch Hugo Slim, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC), discuss the challenges of humanitarian work and the principles of neutrality and impartiality in humanitarian settings.

Working for the ICRC: Interpreter

Listen to ICRC interpreters describe their work in the field. 

Higher education spaces & protracted displacement: Unleashing refugee innovation

Paper presented at the 2016 Tech4Dev Conference on May 3, 2016

Mobile and Connected Learning as drivers of Higher Education in Emergencies

How could we re-imagine higher-level learning for refugees on the move?

A decent higher education agenda for fragile contexts

What does a decent higher education agenda for fragile contexts look like?

The power of language - the language of power

The power of language - the language of power: Leveraging core humanitarian principles to improve multilingual communication in the field. 

Interpreter training - MDGs and the post 2015 agenda

How do interpreting skills overlap with 21st-century skills, MDGs and the post-2015 agenda? 

Interpreting Conflict: Training Challenges in Humanitarian Field Interpreting

This policy and practice note presents a sustainable training model that leverages innovative pedagogy and new technologies for building interpreting capacity in the field.

Blended Learning in Complex Environments: Reaching Learners in the Field

This paper discusses design and development of virtual and blended approaches, overcoming connectivity problems, collaborative learning and contextualization of learning activities in some of the most challenging and complex environments.

Uncharted Territory – Reaching Interpreters in the Field

Presented at the 2012 CIUTI Forum, this article discusses how to reach interpreters working in the field.

Relief operations across language barriers: The interpreter factor

This study explores verbal communication across languages and the status of interpreters working in humanitarian contexts.

In The Eyes of Others

"In The Eyes of Others" is part of the "Perception Project", a study by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

Humanitarian Information Assessment

Describes how the language barrier can compromise humanitarian assistance.

World Disaster Report (2013)

Published by the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), The World Disasters Report 2013 examines the impact of technological innovations on humanitarian action. 

The Two Worlds of Humanitarian Innovation

This working paper by Dr Alexander Betts and Louise Bloom (Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford) examines the increasinngly important role that innovation is playing in humanitarian practice.

Technology in Aid of Learning for Isolated Refugees - Forced Migration Review

Read about Jesuit Commons - Higher Education at the Margins (JC-HEM).

Other Words, Other Meanings

A handbook designed to help health professionals and patients who rely on interpreters to communicate. 

Red T

Red T is an initiative dedicated to the protection of translators and interpreters (T&Is) in conflict zones and other adversarial settings.

Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed

A collection of essays in which MSF insiders provide a deep insight into the realities and meaning of humanitarian action.

Preserving minority languages - a human rights obligation

Preserving minority languages helps avert conflit. Interpreting promotes the use of minority languages to improve communication in challenging environments.

Newsletter 2012/2

InZone - Newsletter 2012/2
Keywords: Boston-Swissnex, IATIS Conference, Pan-African Conference Addis, UNHCR Course III & IV, UNAMA

Newsletter 2012/1

InZone - Newsletter 2012/1
Keywords: ICRC Course II, UNHCR Course II, InZone mission Sudan, humanitarian negotiations

Newsletter 2011/1

InZone - Newsletter 2011/1
Keywords: ICRC Course II, UNHCR Course I, Mobile learning



InZone pioneers innovative approaches to multilingual communication and higher education in communities affected by conflict and crisis by designing, developing and scientifically validating learner-centered and technology-supported pedagogical models.

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