25 June 2012
1st Introductory Workshop on “Reconstructing the Social Fabric of Communities after War Trauma”
Humanitarian workers are confronted with systemic challenges when helping post-traumatic communities reconnect and rebuild. Specific skills and knowledge are needed to provide social reconstruction of the community and healing of collective and individual traumas. At the same time, support is also needed for the helping professionals who are often exposed to the danger of burn-out. “Sense making” is an important element in dealing with this occupational stress.
How can organizations like the United Nations, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and the Red Cross become more effective in their vital and laudable mission? How can multinational corporations contribute meaningfully to global issues like climate change, poverty reduction and equitable economic growth? What enables enterprises to grow and develop in challenging settings like the aftermath of a devastating Tsunami?
These questions are all related to humanitarian work psychology and have so far been largely overlooked by global development policy and policy makers. A first roundtable was organised in Geneva to discuss the relevance and needs to form a new area of study, namely, humanitarian work psychology in order to effectively address the needs of the humanitarian workers.
CSEND organized a side event on Monday, 23rd April titled ‘Linking human capital development with employability organizational and national competitiveness for sustainable growth and social cohesion’, from 12.30-14.30 hrs at Qatar conference site QNNC.
Presentations were made by Prof Raymond Saner, Diplomacy Dialogue, Geneva, Mrs Shaza Khalil and Mr. Ganim Al-Naimi, both from Qatar Foundation, Prof Lichia Saner Yiu, CSEND and Dr. Magdi Faharat, UN-ECA who also acted as discussant.
Seminar during the WTO Ministerial Conference (MC-8) of 15-17 December 2011). CSEND organised a side event focusing on the analysis of policy coherence of assistance instruments and policies made available to LDCsin to improve their service export sector. A case example from the tourism sector was used to illustrate existing policy fragmentation and lack of complementarity amongst key development instruments, i.e., DTIS, AM, PRSP etc. The Analysis was based on an in-depth study of 14 LDCs published in 2011.
Inputs made by Prof. Raymond Saner at the Trade Investment and Climate Change (TRI-CC): Searching for Progress in Key Areas on 13 October, 2011, Geneva, WHO Headquarters. This one-day event covered new research and thinking on green industrial policy, competitiveness and leakage, and the potential role of the trade community.
This joint panel between CSEND and CUTS offers key insights into how countries can improve their trade policy governance. Both are research and development NGOs and have conducted research, capacity building and networking projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The two organisations will present findings of their recent research on trade policy making processes and role of relevant stakeholders. They will also offer solution sets to participants interested in how trade policy governance can be organised in a more efficient, inclusive and effective manner.
The CSEND Dialogue Forum held a session on the 8th of December 2008 on the topic of "The role of participatory approaches in civic change processes" presented by Christine Ziegler, an expert for participatory processes.
Place: University of Geneva, Uni Mail