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Hello, I’m Jessica bringing you Geneva Solutions’ Peace and Humanitarian news coverage.

Today, we talk to the head of Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies about a new approach to educating aid workers around the globe. It’s two months since the Beirut explosion, and we check in with Swiss NGOs working to rebuild the city. And we take a look at Western governments’ interest in the overlooked conflict in the Sahel.

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Jessica Alexander


Today’s reason for hope

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A South Sudanese refugee collects water at Bidibidi refugee settlement in Yumbe district of Northern Uganda, 2017. Photo: UNHCR/Jiro Ose

Engineers from Uganda and Geneva teamed up to create a reliable, tech-based way to provide water to refugees living in UNHCR camps. Now their work has won a one million-euro prize from the European Commission’s European Innovation Council (EIC). UNHCR plans to use the money to expand the project beyond the five countries where it’s used today.


Peace and Humanitarian News

Stepping up to aid the Sahel. Western governments are pledging funds to Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, signaling an appetite to continue humanitarian funding in the teeth of a global recession.

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A new way of teaching new humanitarians. The Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies launches its updated take on humanitarian education.

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Swiss aid helps a still struggling Beirut. Swiss NGOs on the ground are still working to support the people of Beirut two months on from the blast.

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Here's what else is happening

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A simmering territorial conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia erupted on 27 September and shows few signs of cooling down. This woman’s home was damaged after shelling by Azerbaijani artillery in the territory known as Nagorno-Karabakh.

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Next on the agenda

6 October | Online: Security and Law Webinar. The authors of Human Shields: A History of People in the Line of Fire will discuss 150 years of human shielding.

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6-8 October | Online: Global CHS Exchange. What is the future of accountable aid, five years since the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) was created? This virtual conference will discuss.

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8 - 9 October | Online: Annual Social Forum. Ways to combat poverty and inequality are the focus of this year’s annual gathering.

Human Rights Council (EN)

2 - 6 November | Online: Geneva Peace Week. This year’s theme is "rebuilding trust after disruption: pathways to reset international cooperation".

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