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Centre of Governance & Human Rights (CGHR)


Doing good in tough places: working in human rights, peace building, humanitarian aid and development

Easter 2013: 5‐6.30 pm followed by drinks reception. Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site

The sphere of work known variously as the 'Third Sector', 'Development and Humanitarian Aid' or simply -­‐ doing good in tough places -­‐ is notoriously impenetrable, and frustratingly difficult to navigate for the uninitiated. For somebody hoping to pursue a career within this field, the range of agencies and institutions, initiatives and centres is at the very least bewildering. Most areas intersect, and organisations work with an array of crosscutting issues and contexts. Yet what at first glance can appear to be a morass of very similar organisations doing generally related things, is in fact often sharply delineated, with different sectors requiring surprisingly different competencies and operating under quite specific mandates. Working as an international human rights advocate would demand a different skill set and working environment from a project officer of a first phase emergency response -­‐ and both would have relatively different routes to entry. And a Master's degree isn't always the best option.

Cambridge University educates and trains many of the best young minds in the country and provides a critical insight into the issues surrounding international politics, security, development and humanitarianism. But with little clarity around what is involved in working in this sector, attempting to translate this theoretical knowledge into a meaningful start to a career can be a minefield. With this in mind, the CGHR series will allow students to listen and speak to a selection of high‐level experts working in these fields, and address key issues and questions. What impact can you have on people's lives working with Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch? What are the challenges facing emergency relief workers at the British Red Cross? How does the UK Government's Department for International Development influence peace-­‐building and security during civil conflicts overseas? What role does policy research at the Overseas Development Institute play in provoking change?


29 May: Richard Moncrieff, Principal Analyst for Central Africa, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Richard Moncrieff is the Principal Analyst for Central Africa in the Africa Research Group in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He was previously the UK Chargé d’affaires in Abidjan and West Africa Director for International Crisis Group. Richard has published in various academic and media outlets on the politics of conflict and the search for stability in Africa and on the continent’s international relations.

22 May: Mona Sadek, International Committee of the Red Cross

Mona Sadek is deputy head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) mission in the United Kingdom and Ireland. She engages with political, military and non-government contacts on a range of issues related to the ICRC ’s humanitarian work in armed conflict and other situations of violence. In 2011 Mona was deployed to Libya to lead the ICRC ’s protection operations there. Previously she was responsible for all programmes in Afghanistan involving protection of the civilian population, detention visits and the restoration of family links. She has also worked with the ICRC in Gaza, Liberia, Serbia, Montenegro and Jordan. She joined the ICRC in 2002 after completing an MA in human rights in London, having worked in the field of human rights in Cairo.