Displaced

Displaced

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A podcast about refugee crises and solutions.


What it Takes to Succeed After Displacement
Apr 23 • 38 min
In 1942, nine year-old Krishnan Gurumurthy fled to India from Burma with his family. It was just after the Japanese invasion, and they had just missed the final ferries out of Rangoon. So his family travelled by a treacherous land route — a 1,500 mile…
Complicating Narratives with Documentary Photographer Glenna Gordon
Apr 16 • 44 min
Glenna Gordon is a documentary photographer and photojournalist. She’s been commissioned by the New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and other outlets. She’s photographed a range of subjects, from Muslim women writing romance…
Climate Change: Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson on Climate Justice
Apr 9 • 88 min
The cruel irony of climate change is that it disproportionately impacts those who have contributed least to global warming—the world’s poorest and most marginalized groups. For Mary Robinson—former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, president of the…
Climate Change: How Local Communities Can Build Resilience to Climate Change
Apr 2 • 36 min
Although cross-border displacement affects local communities, international efforts to address it typically take place at the highest levels. How can affected communities make their voices heard in these intergovernmental negotiations?This week, Ravi and…
Climate Change: How Global Warming Exacerbates Conflict
Mar 26 • 40 min
As climate change causes rapid and large-scale migration, countries already facing environmental challenges become increasingly vulnerable to instability and humanitarian crisis. Sherri Goodman, Senior Fellow at the Wilson Center and former U.S. Deputy…
Climate Change Displacement is Happening Now
Mar 19 • 38 min
An estimated 26 million people a year were internally displaced by disasters and hazards between 2008 and 2015. These numbers will just get worse as climate change exacerbates the effects of natural disasters, increasing both internal and cross-border…
Refugee Resettlement: Minister Ahmed Hussen Explains the Canadian Model
Mar 12 • 46 min
Throughout our series on refugee resettlement, we’ve referenced Canada’s system of private sponsorship as an overall success - but how does it actually work? And what can other countries learn from it as they build their own resettlement infrastructures?…
Refugee Resettlement: Perspectives from an IRC Caseworker
Mar 5 • 31 min
This week in our series on refugee resettlement, we take a closer look at the process of resettlement in the U.S. with Dauda Balubwila, a caseworker for the International Rescue Committee in Boise, Idaho. Dauda works with resettled refugees from the…
Refugee Resettlement: A Conversation with Congresswoman Ilhan Omar
Feb 26 • 32 min
In January 2019, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar became the first ever Somali-American member of Congress. Rep. Omar was resettled in the U.S. as a teenager, and since then has watched the topic of resettlement become increasingly polarized in U.S. politics.…
Refugee Resettlement: Using Data to Improve the System
Feb 19 • 54 min
Imagine a world where every refugee who needs to be resettled receives that opportunity. What would it take? Today there are 1.4 million refugees who have no chance of returning to their homes or integrating into their countries of first asylum. For them,…
The Future of War: When Civilians Are Targeted in Conflict
Feb 12 • 37 min
In October 2015, US airstrikes destroyed a trauma hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, operated by Médecins Sans Frontières. 42 people were killed. Following the attack, MSF International President Dr. Joanne Liu testified before the UN Security Council and…
The Future of War: Documenting Human Rights Violations in Yemen
Feb 5 • 39 min
Radhya Almutawakel started human rights work in 2004; as she criticized the unfolding war in Yemen in a local newspaper, families of those who had been detained reached out to her for help. Now, Radhya is the co-founder and chairperson of the Mwatana…
The Future of War: Autonomous Weapons, AI, and Cyberwarfare
Jan 29 • 56 min
This week, Ravi and Grant turn to Loren DeJonge Schulman and Erin Simpson to discuss how technology is changing war and what that means for humanitarians. Both Loren and Erin have years of experience working in the defense industry - so not only are they…
The Future of War: Robert Malley on the Three Conflicts to Watch This Year
Jan 22 • 46 min
Yemen. Afghanistan. U.S.-Chinese tensions. The International Crisis Group (ICG) ranks these conflicts as the top three to watch in 2019. To kickoff season two of Displaced, Robert Malley, president and CEO of the ICG, explains why these conflicts top the…
Announcing Season Two of Displaced
Jan 21 • 1 min
At Displaced we examine the causes and consequences of the global refugee crisis. And this season, we’re going even deeper. Each of our episodes will focus on one of the three top issues humanitarians face today: the future of war, refugee resettlement,…
Viet Thanh Nguyen on trauma, displacement, and identifying as a refugee
Oct 30, 2018 • 57 min
Pulitzer prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen is the guest on this episode of Displaced, and talks to Grant and Ravi about his background, and the traumatic experience of being separated from his parents when he was 4 years old. He goes on to talk about…
Ann Mei Chang’s innovation playbook for the development sector
Oct 23, 2018 • 55 min
Ann Mei Chang talks to Ravi and Grant about her new book, ‘Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good.’ Her career spans both the private and public sector: she led USAID’s first-ever innovation hub, the Global Development Lab, and she…
David Miliband on politics, populism and the global refugee crisis
Oct 16, 2018 • 48 min
Ravi talks to David Miliband, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee - and a long-time friend and colleague - during a special event recorded with a live audience at the New School’s Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility in New York…
Patrick Fine explains integrated development
Oct 9, 2018 • 50 min
In order to solve any given problem, an understanding of its root cause is the first step. But when those roots are tangled up with other factors - a whole set of interrelated causes and contexts, they all have to be taken into account to design an…
Anne Richard on ‘humanitarian diplomacy’ and dealing with anti-refugee sentiment
Oct 2, 2018 • 50 min
The Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration operates with a 3 million dollar budget, and combines aid with diplomacy. Anne Richard served as the former Assistant Secretary of State for PRM from 2012 to 2017, and in this episode she talks about her…
Nazanin Ash: The Trump administration is tearing apart U.S. refugee policy
Sep 25, 2018 • 55 min
Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a sharp reduction in the number of refugees the U.S. would take in over the next year: 30,000. Grant and Ravi talk to IRC colleague Nazanin Ash for some context on this dramatic shift. Nazanin is Vice…
Stefan Dercon: how insurance could make humanitarian response faster and cheaper
Sep 18, 2018 • 49 min
Stefan Dercon is professor of economic policy at the University of Oxford, and is the former chief economist at the Department for International Development (DFID) in the UK, where he was involved in political discussions about how to shape aid. This…
Nancy Lindborg on what ‘fragility’ actually means
Sep 11, 2018 • 58 min
Almost a quarter of the world’s population now live in some form of fragility, and we talk often about fragile states and fragile contexts - but what does the term mean? Nancy Lindborg is the president of the United States Institute of Peace, and she…
Jeremy Konyndyk on the humanitarian business model
Sep 4, 2018 • 57 min
This episode looks at how humanitarian response works - the rules of the game, the players, their incentives - and how these elements impact lives of displaced people. Jeremy Konydyk calls this the ‘humanitarian business model,’ and as senior policy…
Owen Barder: we need an alternative to refugee camps
Aug 28, 2018 • 61 min
“When people look back on our time they will wonder why we tolerated refugee camps for so long.” Owen Barder, Vice President at the Center for Global Development, talks in this episode about why we should abolish refugee camps, and what’s wrong with the…
Alix Zwane on what philanthropists can learn from venture capitalists
Aug 21, 2018 • 53 min
In this episode, we speak to Alix Zwane who is the CEO of the Global Innovation Fund – an organization that invests in generating and growing products and services that help people on less than $5 a day. During the conversation, Zwane talks about the…
Paul Skidmore on the radical transformation to education in fragile states
Aug 14, 2018 • 54 min
Education in low- and middle-income countries is becoming increasingly private: as many as one in four young Africans could be enrolled in some form of private education by 2021. Paul Skidmore is CEO of the Rising Academies Network, which is part of this…
David Halpern on revolutionizing policy through behavioral science
Aug 7, 2018 • 51 min
David Halpern is the Chief Executive Officer of the Behavioural Insights Team in the UK - unofficially known as the ‘Nudge Unit’. In this episode, we dive into how behavioral science works to change people’s behavior and how small tweaks can actually…
Rachel Glennerster’s insights on the randomization movement
Jul 31, 2018 • 55 min
No conversation about social impact is complete without an understanding of randomized control trials, or RCTs. In this episode, we delve into what they are and how they measure impact with Rachel Glennerster, the new chief economist at the Department for…
Geoff Mulgan on how collaboration between humans and machines can help solve the world’s biggest problems
Jul 24, 2018 • 50 min
Geoff Mulgan, head of the UK’s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) talks about what he calls ‘Collective Intelligence’: how machines and humans can collaborate to solve problems — like dealing with epidemics, predicting war and…
Chris Elias on the radical progress we’ve made in global health
Jul 17, 2018 • 53 min
Chris Elias is the president of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Development Program, which spends $4 billion a year on health and poverty programs. With great power comes great responsibility, and a set of tough decisions on which of the…
Jan Egeland on how to broker the world’s most challenging peace agreements
Jul 10, 2018 • 45 min
Jan Egeland is one of the world’s most experienced peace negotiators, having worked on the Israeli-Palestinian Oslo Peace Accords, as well as mediation efforts in South Sudan, Uganda, Guatemala, and now in Syria. He is currently the Secretary General of…
Kanika Bahl pulls back the curtain on innovation in aid
Jul 3, 2018 • 37 min
This episode is a taping from a live recording at Devex World in Washington DC, where Grant and Ravi talked to Kanika Bahl, CEO of Evidence Action. ’This interview gets into the nuts and bolts of how to innovative in aid, how to take solutions developed…
Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, on innovation and failure
Jun 26, 2018 • 49 min
As a social entrepreneur and founder of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani is uniquely placed to talk about innovation - and the role of failure in that process. She talks to Ravi and Grant about creating ideas, taking them to scale, and the culture of…
Wilmot Collins on being a refugee mayor in a pro-Trump state
Jun 19, 2018 • 50 min
Wilmot Collins is mayor of Helena, Montana, and in this episode, he tells Ravi and Grant about his journey from Liberia, and the harrowing story of how he left the country. He went on to resettle in Montana, and last year won the mayoral election to…
Bob Kitchen on how to respond to humanitarian emergencies
Jun 12, 2018 • 50 min
Bob Kitchen spends every day makings decisions on if - and how - to respond to rapid onset humanitarian emergencies globally. As the International Rescue Committee’s Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response, he directs the team at the IRC that…
Vali Nasr on how wars end
Jun 5, 2018 • 59 min
The war in Afghanistan is the longest war in U.S. history and it has cost roughly 1 trillion dollars, left over 170,000 dead, and displaced another 4 million people. In this episode, we examine how to end wars through the lens of Afghanistan with Vali…
Carolyn Miles: innovative solutions for improving the lives of children
May 29, 2018 • 66 min
“It’s not about a technology that we’re looking for something to do with, it’s about a problem that we’re trying to solve and and then thinking about how technology helps with it.” Carolyn Miles is CEO of Save the Children USA, and in this conversation…
Helene Gayle on how to lead organizations that respond to crisis
May 22, 2018 • 45 min
Dr. Helene Gayle has unparalleled experience in leading organizations that respond to crisis. Dr. Gayle spent over 20 years working on HIV/AIDS at the Center for Disease Control while also serving as the Chief of the HIV/AIDS Division for USAID, was the…
The IRC’s Sarah Smith on educating children during humanitarian crises
May 15, 2018 • 49 min
Over half of the 65 million people displaced right now are children, yet only 2% of total humanitarian spend is allocated to education during crises. Given that refugees are displaced for over 12 years means that entire generations often forgo education.…
Mandy Patinkin: From ‘Homeland’ actor to refugee advocate
May 8, 2018 • 57 min
Mandy Patinkin (Saul Berenson for Homeland fans) talks to Ravi and Grant about why he works with the IRC to lend his voice to refugees. Mandy reflects on his travels to various refugee camps and talks passionately about the need for everyone to be…
Alex Aleinikoff: let’s start with how we define ‘refugee’
May 1, 2018 • 61 min
The definition of a refugee - and how we think about the entire refugee system - needs to be changed, says Alex Aleinikoff, who was UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees from 2010-15. He talks to Ravi and Grant about why the definition matters, what it…
John Prendergast: The Enough Project, South Sudan - and working with George Clooney
Apr 24, 2018 • 51 min
John Prendergast founded the Enough Project, which has worked with the likes of George Clooney and Ryan Gosling, to bring attention to complex humanitarian crises in Africa. In this episode, he talks with Ravi and Grant about his model of political change…
Stephen Hickey on witnessing the unfolding Syria crisis
Apr 17, 2018 • 55 min
Stephen Hickey has a unique perspective: he was sent to Syria in 2010, as the UK’s deputy ambassador to Damascus back when it was thought of as a “sleepy posting.” The Assad regime kicked him out of the country a year later, as the protests intensified.…
Madeleine Albright on the global refugee crisis
Apr 10, 2018 • 57 min
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright reflects on her experience as a refugee and how it has shaped her views on America’s role in the refugee crisis (or lack thereof). In this interview, Ravi and Grant dive into Madeleine’s Albright’s views on how…
Displaced: a weekly exploration of the most innovative solutions to humanitarian crises around the world
Apr 4, 2018 • 2 min