This weblog features the Global Integration Updates from Member Care Associates. The Updates provide materials to support colleagues in different sectors as they connect and contribute on behalf of the major issues in our world. Feel free to add comments and resources in the "Comments" section located at the end of each of the Updates.
Global Integration Update -- February 2017 Common Ground for the Common Good Connecting Across Sectors What's Happening--What's Harkening Please forward to your colleagues and networks.
Overview In this GI Update we share a variety of recent resources from different sectors. These resources both inform us (what’s happening in our globalizing world) and impel us (what’s harkening us to take relevant action): newsletters, updates, events, webinars, etc. As always, the resources are meant to be of practical support to your work and to promote human wellbeing. We finish the Update by highlighting the Relational Thinking Network, an organization that emphasizes the role of quality relationships at all levels of society.
Actively integrating our lives with global realities by connecting relationally and contributing relevantly on behalf of human wellbeing and the issues facing humanity, in light of our integrity and core values (e.g., ethical, humanitarian, faith-based).
Current Resources What’s Happening and What’s Harkening Across the Sectors
Migrants in a detention center. Image Tom Westcott/IRIN
1. United Nations Year in Review 2016 “2016…yet another year of challenges for the UN…” Watch the 16 minute overview of some of the greatest challenges last year and how the UN and the world community responded. Click HERE for the trailer. We encourage you to take some time to watch and reflect on this review.
In Case You Missed It This is a bi-weekly update that allows you to quickly review some of the noteworthy news and developments that have taken place in the UN system. It includes links for documents, stories, and archived audio and video files.
Peace and Community Development Network (PCDN) Daily Digest and Weekly Newsletter. PCDN is a growing network with over “35,500 professionals, organizations and students engaged in social change, peacebuilding, social entrepreneurship, development and related fields…to inspire, connect, inform and provide the tools and resources to scale social change.” (quote from website) Register as a member for free on their website and request to receive the Daily Digest or Weekly Newsletter with updates on career, funding, events, and professional opportunities. Current example: Development Assistance for Peacebuilding, Policy Brief (three pages) from the United Nations University-WIDER (World Institute for Development Economics Research).
Devex Global Development Weekly Newsletter Devex describes itself as the “media platform for the global development community. The social enterprise working to make the $200 billion aid and development industry do more good for more people. The largest provider of recruiting and business development services for global development….We connect and inform over 1 MILLION development, health, humanitarian, and sustainability professionals through news, business intelligence, and funding & career opportunities so you can do more good for more people.” (quote from website). To sign up for free and to receive the regular updates, click HERE. Current example of resource: Update on the ONE Campaign (anti-poverty advocacy).
3. Humanitarian Sector
Humans who are internally displaced in Afghanistan. Image Bilal SarwearyIRIN
World Economic Forum A 10 Step Manifesto for the World’s Humanitarians (18 November 2016, by Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO, Mercy Corps). “We believe (as prophets have proclaimed) that the long arc of history bends toward justice, equality and dignity... and that we each have a responsibility to accelerate the pace and flatten the curve - regardless of our politics, faith traditions, national origin, race, ethnicity, or any other characteristic of identity. Headwinds may blow; storm clouds may gather. That's when we get going.” (quote from this short article)
Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection Online Learning Series on Humanitarian Law and Protection Legal Protection for Internally Displaced People (21 February 2017, 12:00-14:00 Eastern Time). This online session features Cecilia Jimenez, recently appointed Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and Jean-François Durieux. It introduces the legal frameworks pertaining to IDPs. “Protracted conflicts such as those in Syria, Iraq, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and elsewhere, often combined with natural disasters and food crises, have contributed to an unprecedented number of people fleeing their homes – many being displaced within their own countries. The estimated number of IDPs in the world is currently double that of the number of refugees. However, while the causes for their displacement can often be the same, refugees and IDPs are not provided the same protection under international legal frameworks.” (quote from announcement)
Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HPNW, 6-10 Feb 2017, Geneva) HNPW is hosted by the Swiss Government and co-chaired by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID). It brings humanitarian organizations and colleagues together for discussion, debate, sharing resources, cooperation, and further strategizing about how to address the substantive issues facing the humanitarian sector/world. Two resources: The Humanitarian Disability Charter and the OCHA Year in Review 2016 (about five minutes, interactive presentation).
"Military policeman in Iraq's largest church, severely damaged, in Qaraqosh Iraq..." Image Tom Westcott/IRIN
Geneva Global Health Hub (G2H2) G2H2 Newsletter. G2H2 is a membership-based association based in Geneva. It enables civil society to meet, share knowledge and create initiatives to advocate for more democratic global health governance. Current example of a resource on the website is the call for case studies for the Global Health Watch 5 (fifth edition). “The Global Health Watch [GHW] is an alternative World Health Report that incorporates the voices of marginalized people and civil society into discussions around social justice and global health.” (quote from the GHW website)
Five on Friday: Musings on Mental Health Kathleen Pike, Global Mental Health Program, Columbia University This weekly update includes five brief items on mental health. The latest edition (11 February 2017) shares five examples of research and clinical work in low-middle income countries. “In most low-income countries, less than 1 psychiatrist exists per 100,000 people, and national budgets spend less than $1 per person on mental health. But mental illnesses are just as common in low-income countries as they are in high-income countries - and even higher in regions plagued with war, conflict and displacement. Illustrating the kernel of truth that necessity is the mother of invention, there has been an explosion of innovation in low-income settings to advance desperately needed mental health services.” Sign up HERE.
Personal Reflections Connecting with... The Relational Thinking Network
We are all aware of the importance of relationships for working together well, for resiliency, and for getting along in life in general. We think though that a lot seems to be assumed and not enough understood about how intentionally focusing on relationships can help us achieve our goals for impacting issues—local to global. Not to mention that good relationships are a goal in and of themselves.
One organization-network that is focusing on relationships is the Relational Thinking Network. We have attended some of their presentations/training here in Geneva and appreciated their perspectives and tools for assessing and developing relationships in many different areas of society.
The Relational Thinking Network is a growing network of people around the world who believe that healthy relationships in society, the economy and political life are at the heart of solutions to many of the challenges ahead. Peruse the Relational Thinking Network website to explore relational models that are being developed for business, finance and economic growth as well as reforms in health services, prisons, schools, and peacebuilding initiatives. “If we want to survive the challenges of the 21st century, we will have to work with people as they are, not as political and economic theorists want them to be. Relational Thinking opens up a genuinely new way of reforming what governments and organizations do. It also provides a compass for individual action.” [quote from the website]
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Actively integrating our lives with global realities by connecting relationally and contributing relevantly on behalf of human wellbeing and the issues facing humanity, in light of our integrity and core values (e.g., ethical, humanitarian, faith-based). *****
TheGI Updates are designed to help shape and support the emerging diversity of global integrators who as learners-practitioners are committed to the "common ground for the common good." The image at the top of theUpdate (global pearl) is a cover detail form Global Member Care (volume 2): Crossing Sectors for Serving Humanity (2013). William Carey Library.
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