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Horrific bombings in Syria. Civil war and malnutrition in Yemen. Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar. These humanitarian crises make for desperate headlines. But what’s the story before the aid comes in? And what are the challenges after it’s delivere...Show More

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The Future of War: Documenting Human Rights Violations in Yemen

41:40 | Feb 5th

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...Show More

The Future of War: Autonomous Weapons, AI, and Cyberwarfare

56:11 | Jan 29th

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 ...Show More

The Future of War: Robert Malley on the Three Conflicts to Watch This Year

48:48 | Jan 22nd

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...Show More

Announcing Season Two of Displaced

01:47 | Jan 21st

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 resettleme...Show More

Viet Thanh Nguyen on trauma, displacement, and identifying as a refugee

57:55 | Oct 30th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Ann Mei Chang’s innovation playbook for the development sector

55:14 | Oct 23rd, 2018

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, an...Show More

David Miliband on politics, populism and the global refugee crisis

48:01 | Oct 16th, 2018

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...Show More

Patrick Fine explains integrated development

50:01 | Oct 9th, 2018

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 e...Show More

Anne Richard on 'humanitarian diplomacy' and dealing with anti-refugee sentiment

50:06 | Oct 2nd, 2018

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 h...Show More

Nazanin Ash: The Trump administration is tearing apart U.S. refugee policy

55:36 | Sep 25th, 2018

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 Vi...Show More

Stefan Dercon: how insurance could make humanitarian response faster and cheaper

49:38 | Sep 18th, 2018

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...Show More

Nancy Lindborg on what 'fragility' actually means

58:17 | Sep 11th, 2018

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...Show More

Jeremy Konyndyk on the humanitarian business model

57:28 | Sep 4th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Owen Barder: we need an alternative to refugee camps

1:01:33 | Aug 28th, 2018

"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 ...Show More

Alix Zwane on what philanthropists can learn from venture capitalists

53:26 | Aug 21st, 2018

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...Show More

Paul Skidmore on the radical transformation to education in fragile states

54:40 | Aug 14th, 2018

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 ...Show More

David Halpern on revolutionizing policy through behavioral science

51:58 | Aug 7th, 2018

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...Show More

Rachel Glennerster’s insights on the randomization movement

55:24 | Jul 31st, 2018

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 Departmen...Show More

Geoff Mulgan on how collaboration between humans and machines can help solve the world’s biggest problems

50:41 | Jul 24th, 2018

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 w...Show More

Chris Elias on the radical progress we’ve made in global health

53:37 | Jul 17th, 2018

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...Show More

Jan Egeland on how to broker the world’s most challenging peace agreements

45:21 | Jul 10th, 2018

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...Show More

Kanika Bahl pulls back the curtain on innovation in aid

37:39 | Jul 3rd, 2018

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 develo...Show More

Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, on innovation and failure

49:23 | Jun 26th, 2018

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 ‘...Show More

Wilmot Collins on being a refugee mayor in a pro-Trump state

50:17 | Jun 19th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Bob Kitchen on how to respond to humanitarian emergencies

50:09 | Jun 12th, 2018

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...Show More

Vali Nasr on how wars end

59:57 | Jun 5th, 2018

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 Val...Show More

Carolyn Miles: innovative solutions for improving the lives of children

1:06:22 | May 29th, 2018

“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 conversati...Show More

Helene Gayle on how to lead organizations that respond to crisis

45:10 | May 22nd, 2018

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 ...Show More

The IRC’s Sarah Smith on educating children during humanitarian crises

49:38 | May 15th, 2018

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 educat...Show More

Mandy Patinkin: From 'Homeland’ actor to refugee advocate

57:07 | May 8th, 2018

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 in...Show More

Alex Aleinikoff: let's start with how we define ‘refugee'

1:01:16 | May 1st, 2018

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, wh...Show More

John Prendergast: The Enough Project, South Sudan - and working with George Clooney

51:31 | Apr 24th, 2018

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 c...Show More

Stephen Hickey on witnessing the unfolding Syria crisis

55:21 | Apr 17th, 2018

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 intensifi...Show More

Madeleine Albright on the global refugee crisis

57:07 | Apr 10th, 2018

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 o...Show More