APSIA Members collaborate for GLOBEseminar on Leadership in Humanitarian Crisis
leigh October 8, 2015 News
For the ninth year, the Master of International Affairs and Governance (MIA) at St. Gallen and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University joined forces for a GLOBEseminar on “Leadership in Humanitarian Crisis.” This program brings together Fletcher and MIA students with students from the Chinese European International Business School, practitioners from agencies, international organizations, the corporate world and nongovernmental organizations from Kashmir, Nigeria, Iraq and the Palestine Territories.
The altruistic business of responding to humanitarian crises is set in a much more informed, public, and complex environment than in the past. Humanitarian operations have to compete for space, resources, profile, and independence with strategic foreign policy objectives, national political objectives, and local commercial and corporate objectives. Those running humanitarian operations and organizations today need extraordinarily skilled leaders. The GLOBEseminar not only educates students on the history and structure of humanitarian aid, but gives them the opportunity to build leadership skills and learn problem solving approaches under the guidance of practitioners.
This year’s seminar on “Leadership in Humanitarian Crisis” started off with presentations on Leadership at the University of St. Gallen before taking participants to lectures on International Humanitarian Law at the ICRC in Geneva. From there, the participants moved to Tuft’s European Center in Talloires to work on group projects.
With input from faculty lecturers, representatives of international organizations and international NGOs, the participants explored challenges of leadership using the case study of the Nepal earthquake. Based on these discussions, participants developed a “Code of Leadership” as a guiding tool for the staff to react to and handle in a best possible way the challenges of an emergency situation.
Learn more about the GLOBEseminar program here.