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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

Lent 2013: 5‐6.30 pm followed by drinks reception. Alison Richard Building (check Reception for Room), 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?


23 January: Joanna Oyediran, Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa

Joanna Oyediran is a programme manager for South Sudan and Sudan at the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA). OSIEA promotes citizens’ participation in governance in Eastern Africa, focusing its support on local groups. Joanna previously worked as a Senior Human Rights Officer with the United Nations (UN)/African Union (AU) Hybrid Operation in Darfur, Sudan and with the UN Mission in Sudan. She has also worked as a researcher for Amnesty International, where she researched and wrote reports on human rights Israel, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Iraq. She has also served as a Human Rights Officer for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Gaza and as a consultant on Darfur for the Ford Foundation. She is a member of the Bar of England and Wales and holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex.

6 February: John Morrison, Executive Director of the Institute for Human Rights and Business

John Morrison has been Executive Director of the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) since April 2009. IHRB is a global ‘think and do’ tank based in London, Geneva, Brussels, Nairobi and Yangon and works impartially with governments, businesses, civil society and trade unions. The Institute’s Patron is Mary Robinson (the former President of Ireland) and Chairperson is Professor John Ruggie (former UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights). The Institute’s work includes thematic work on a number of issues (such as water, land, migrant workers, post-conflict), specific sectors (such as ICT , Oil and Gas, Mining, Infrastructure, Finance) and specific geographies including the European Union, Arctic, East Africa, Myanmar (Burma) and Colombia, The Institute works closely with processes in the UN, OECD , EU, World Bank Group and within a number of national jurisdictions. Previously, John was Director of the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights (BLIHR) from 2003-9 and Head of Global Campaigns and Community Affairs for The Body Shop International 1999-2003. He has been a Harkness Fellow to the USA (1996-7) and has written widely on business and human rights, as well as other human rights issues such as refugee policy, trafficking and forced labour. John was Deputy Co-ordinator of the UK Bosnia Programme between 1993-97 based with the British Refugee Council.

20 February: Gino Henry, Independent consultant in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

Gino Henry is a Chartered Engineer with an MSc in Irrigation Engineering. He is now an independent consultant based in Cambridge, principally involved in water supply and sanitation. He has worked in Albania, Belize, Colombia, Ecuador, Indonesia, Kenya, Kosovo, Liberia, Malawi, Macedonia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Peru, St Helena Island (South Atlantic), Syria & Venezuela, mostly on disaster relief assignments for a range of NGOs. Gino is a member of RedR (Registered Engineers for Disaster relief). He is also now involved in the training of young engineers and contributes to the ‘Community Water Supply and Sanitation’ MSc at Cranfield University and the ‘Master of Disaster Management’ programme at the University of Copenhagen as well as helping to run courses for EWB (Engineers without Borders) Cambridge and others.

6 March: Tom Ling, Head of Impact, Innovation and Evidence, Save the Children

Tom Ling is Head of Impact, Innovation and Evidence at Save the Children where his responsibilities include ensuring that evaluations contribute to policy and change in the challenging environment of International Development. He joined Save the Children in March 2012. He studied Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge University and completed a PhD in Government at Essex University. Prior to Save the Children, Tom spent eight years at RAND Europe, where he was Director for Evaluation and Performance Audit following four years as Senior Research Fellow at the National Audit Office in the UK. Before that he taught and researched in various Universities. He has over twenty years of experience in researching on and leading research projects and has worked on and led evaluation projects with the European Commission, UK Government departments, the National Audit Office, the Health Foundation in the UK and many others. He has published widely on evaluation, accountability and related topics. He recently co-edited Performance Audit: Contributing to Accountability in Democratic Government, following his Performance Audit Handbook and The Evidence Book, a critical examination of the use of evidence in public policy and service delivery. His roles outside Save the Children include a professorship (Emeritus) at Anglia Ruskin University, and an honorary senior visiting research fellowship, University of Cambridge.