Displaced

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Horrific bombings in Syria. Civil war and malnutrition in Yemen. Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar. On Displaced, Grant Gordon and Ravi Gurumurthy from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) have in-depth conversations with leading humanitarians and foreign policy makers about the ways that these global crises unfold with a focus on the most innovative ways to respond. Produced by the Vox Media Podcast Network.


Episode Date
Viet Thanh Nguyen on trauma, displacement, and identifying as a refugee
00:57:55

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 the role of trauma in shaping the lives of refugees, and how that has informed his own work. They discuss the label 'refugee', and the place of refugees in America in this current moment.

This is the last episode of Displaced in season 1. Check out our previous episodes here in the show notes: www.rescue.org/displaced.

Get in touch with the show via email: displaced@rescue.org

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Oct 30, 2018
Ann Mei Chang’s innovation playbook for the development sector
00:55:14

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 spent almost a decade as senior engineering director at Google, before she left Silicon Valley for the State Department, where she was a senior advisor for women and technology. Ann Mei Chang shares her lessons learned through this journey, and discusses how to use a Silicon Valley style of iterative innovation in the global development sector. 

Displaced is produced by the Vox Media Podcast Network in partnership with the International Rescue Committee. Find our show notes here: www.rescue.org/displaced.

Rate and review the show, or email us at displaced@rescue.org

Oct 23, 2018
David Miliband on politics, populism and the global refugee crisis
00:48:01

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 City. 

Their wide-ranging conversation focuses on the politics of the refugee crisis: what a political solution looks like in Yemen; how to negotiate with states to keep borders open and widen rights to work; and whether the refugee crisis caused the rise of right-wing populism in Europe and the United States.

Displaced is produced by the Vox Media Podcast Network in partnership with the International Rescue Committee. Find our show notes here: www.rescue.org/displaced.

Rate and review the show, or email us at displaced@rescue.org


Oct 16, 2018
Patrick Fine explains integrated development
00:50:01

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 effective solution. And if ‘everything is everything’, where should we begin in trying to solve complex problems in areas like health and education? Patrick Fine is CEO of FHI 360, and explains what ‘integrated development’ looks like in his work. He discusses with Grant and Ravi how to approach this level of complexity, and design programs that are cost effective.

Displaced is produced by the Vox Media Podcast Network in partnership with the International Rescue Committee. Find our show notes here: www.rescue.org/displaced.

Rate and review the show, and email us on displaced@rescue.org


Oct 09, 2018
Anne Richard on 'humanitarian diplomacy' and dealing with anti-refugee sentiment
00:50:06

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 experiences during those years, including how she worked with countries to accept more refugees, and implemented changes to refugee policy here in the U.S. under President Obama. She also discusses how those changes are being reversed or rolled back under the Trump administration, and puts anti-refugee sentiment into historical context. 

Displaced is produced by the Vox Media Podcast Network in partnership with the International Rescue Committee. Find our show notes here: www.rescue.org/displaced

Rate and review the show, and email us: displaced@rescue.org

Oct 02, 2018
Nazanin Ash: The Trump administration is tearing apart U.S. refugee policy
00:55:36

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 President of Global Policy and Advocacy at the International Rescue Committee, and discusses the current administration’s approach to refugee admissions, and how it contrasts not just to previous administrations, but also to public support for refugees.

Displaced is produced by the Vox Media Podcast Network in partnership with the International Rescue Committee. 

Find our show notes here: https://www.rescue.org/displaced

Email us at displaced@rescue.org

Sep 25, 2018
Stefan Dercon: how insurance could make humanitarian response faster and cheaper
00:49:38

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 episode is a deep dive into the financing model of humanitarian response, and how insurance instruments could change that model, and potentially reshape how we respond to crises.

Displaced is produced by the Vox Media Podcast Network in partnership with the International Rescue Committee. 

Find our show notes here: https://www.rescue.org/displaced

Email us at displaced@rescue.org

Sep 18, 2018
Nancy Lindborg on what 'fragility' actually means
00:58:17

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 explains why the definition of fragility matters so much to shaping foreign policy and humanitarian response. 

Displaced is produced by the Vox Media Podcast Network in partnership with the International Rescue Committee. 

Find our show notes here: https://www.rescue.org/displaced

Email us at displaced@rescue.org

Sep 11, 2018
Jeremy Konyndyk on the humanitarian business model
00:57:28

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 fellow at the Center for Global Development and former director of USAID’s Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance, he has unique insight on that model and its flaws. He offers potential solutions, and also shares his experiences on leading the U.S. response to humanitarian crises under President Obama. 

Displaced is produced by the Vox Media Podcast Network in partnership with the International Rescue Committee. 

Find our show notes here: https://www.rescue.org/displaced

Email us at displaced@rescue.org

Sep 04, 2018
Owen Barder: we need an alternative to refugee camps
01:01:33

"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 humanitarian aid system more broadly. Barder talks about the alternatives to keeping displaced people in camps, and how to make the humanitarian system more simple, more focused, and serve the interests of displaced people receiving aid, rather than those providing it. 

Displaced is produced by the Vox Media Podcast Network in partnership with the International Rescue Committee. 

Find our show notes here: www.rescue.org/displaced

Email us at displaced@rescue.org

Aug 28, 2018
Alix Zwane on what philanthropists can learn from venture capitalists
00:53:26

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 weaknesses of traditional philanthropy, the challenge of delivering financial returns and social impact, and the solutions she’s invested in that she’s most excited about.

Displaced is produced by the Vox Media Podcast Network in partnership with the International Rescue Committee. 

Find our show notes here: www.rescue.org/displaced

Email us at displaced@rescue.org

Aug 21, 2018
Paul Skidmore on the radical transformation to education in fragile states
00:54:40

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 sea change in education, and which started its first school in Sierra Leone in the height of the Ebola outbreak in 2014. In this conversation, Skidmore discusses how he built his network of schools, the lessons he's learned, and why the conversation about private education versus public is missing a major point. 

Aug 14, 2018
David Halpern on revolutionizing policy through behavioral science
00:51:58

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 create massive change. This is the episode to listen to to understand how behavioral science can help prevent malnutrition, reduce inter-group conflict, generate savings for retirement, and help NGOs and government craft more effective policy. 

Find our show notes here: www.rescue.org/displaced

Rate and review the show, or email us: displaced@rescue.org

Aug 07, 2018
Rachel Glennerster’s insights on the randomization movement
00:55:24

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 International Development (DFID) in the UK. In an episode recorded in London, Glennerster gives her insights on the randomization movement, and also talks about the divide between academics and policy makers, and why it’s important that they find ways to work together better.

Displaced is produced by the Vox Media Podcast Network in partnership with the International Rescue Committee. Find our show notes here: www.rescue.org/displaced. Rate and review the show, or email us at displaced@rescue.org.

Jul 31, 2018
Geoff Mulgan on how collaboration between humans and machines can help solve the world’s biggest problems
00:50:41

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 conflict, or collecting data during natural disasters.

Displaced is produced by the Vox Media Podcast Network in partnership with the International Rescue Committee. Find our show notes here: www. rescue.org/displaced. Rate and review the show, or email us: displaced@rescue.org


Jul 24, 2018
Chris Elias on the radical progress we’ve made in global health
00:53:37

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 world's many crucial health problems they can strategically invest in. In this conversation, Chris talks about how they make these decisions, assess and take on risk, and work with the private sector to generate breakthrough health solutions for the world’s poor.  

Displaced is produced by the Vox Media Podcast Network in partnership with the International Rescue Committee. For more on the show and show notes, go to https://www.rescue.org/displaced, or email the show at displaced@rescue.org.

Jul 17, 2018
Jan Egeland on how to broker the world’s most challenging peace agreements
00:45:21

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 the Norwegian Refugee Council, one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world. This is the episode to listen to if you want to understand how to broker a peace deal. They unravel the complex questions of who to invite to the negotiating tablehow to negotiate once you have them at the table to get to a solution, and when pursuing negotiations doesn’t make sense.

Displaced is produced by the Vox Media Podcast Network in partnership with the International Rescue Committee. For more on the show and show notes, go to https://www.rescue.org/displaced, or email the show on displaced@rescue.org.

Jul 10, 2018
Kanika Bahl pulls back the curtain on innovation in aid
00:37:39

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 in one place to new contexts, and how to scale them to many contexts while maintaining quality. They discuss the perils and promises of how lessons from the development sector apply to humanitarian contexts and what we should expect of innovation in the future. 

Displaced is produced by the Vox Media Podcast Network in partnership with the International Rescue Committee. For more on the show and show notes, go to https://www.rescue.org/displaced, or email the show on displaced@rescue.org.

Jul 03, 2018
Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, on innovation and failure
00:49:23

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 ‘failing fast’, and what that looks like when you’re running a global non-profit.


Displaced is produced by the Vox Media Podcast Network, in partnership with the International Rescue Committee. For more on the show: www.rescue.org/displaced. Email us at displaced@rescue.org.

Jun 26, 2018
Wilmot Collins on being a refugee mayor in a pro-Trump state
00:50:17

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 become the state’s first black mayor in over 100 years. He talks about how he deals with anti-refugee sentiment, and why his experiences have led him to advocate for refugees in the national conversation around resettlement. Displaced is produced by the Vox Media Podcast Network in partnership with the International Rescue Committee. For more on the show: rescue.org/displaced. Email us at displaced@rescue.org

Jun 19, 2018
Bob Kitchen on how to respond to humanitarian emergencies
00:50:09

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 deploys into crises within 72 hours to provide life saving assistance to those critically in need. 

These decisions are rife with complexity and in this episode, Bob, Ravi and Grant dive into the challenges of launching responses in places like Syria and Yemen. They also discuss how to think about deploying response teams to wealthy countries like Europe to the role of innovation in emergency settings. This is the episode to listen to in order to understand how major organizations launch emergency response.

Displaced is produced by the Vox Media Podcast Network in partnership with the International Rescue Committee. For more on the show: rescue.org/displaced.

Jun 12, 2018
Vali Nasr on how wars end
00:59:57

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 Nasr, the dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and former senior advisor to Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke. 

Vali Nasr brings unique insight into how the conflict has played out, how the US foreign policy apparatus failed to effectively end this war, and what lessons there might be for ending war in Syria. This conversation not only provides an intellectual architecture for understanding conflict termination, but also explains the dynamics between Afghanistan, Pakistan and other regional actors. This is the conversation you should listen to if you want to understand what options there are for ending wars.

Jun 05, 2018
Carolyn Miles: innovative solutions for improving the lives of children
01:06:22

“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 she talks to Grant and Ravi about innovative solutions for helping children in crisis situations. She also talks about why women and girls are disproportionately affected by war and conflict, and the challenge of changing behaviors to adopt new solutions to old problems.

Displaced is produced by the Vox Media Podcast Network in partnership with the International Rescue Committee. For more on the show: rescue.org/displaced.

May 29, 2018
Helene Gayle on how to lead organizations that respond to crisis
00:45:10

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 CEO for CARE International, led the McKinsey Social Initiative, and now serves as the head of the Chicago Community Trust. In this episode, Dr. Gayle shares lessons learned of how to lead, refine strategy, and focus. She reflects on the parallels between the HIV/AIDS crisis of 30 years ago and the refugee crisis of today, how to change the politics of toxic narratives, and how to make difficult decisions in the face of crisis. This interview covers a lot of ground and explores crucial organizational and political questions.

Displaced is produced by the Vox Media Podcast Network in partnership with the International Rescue Committee. For more on the show: rescue.org/displaced.

May 22, 2018
The IRC’s Sarah Smith on educating children during humanitarian crises
00:49:38

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. In this episode, Grant and Ravi talk with Sarah Smith, the IRC’s Senior Director of Education, a leading expert in education in humanitarian settings. They discuss how to think about education in crisis settings, what models are promising for delivering education at scale, and explore frontier innovations in education - including the IRC’s new partnership with Sesame Street, which aims to bring muppets (and social change) to a generation of refugees and host communities in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.

May 15, 2018
Mandy Patinkin: From 'Homeland’ actor to refugee advocate
00:57:07

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 involved in working for the well-being of refugees. In this interview, they get into the challenges of generating empathy, the moral obligations of those who can help, and what individuals can do to make a difference.

May 08, 2018
Alex Aleinikoff: let's start with how we define ‘refugee'
01:01:16

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 needs to expand to include, and how to build a humanitarian system that responds to the needs of the day. As the nature of conflict and displacement has changed, Alex brings a historical perspective to the discussion. They dive into the challenging and important issue of 'burden-sharing': how do we decide who takes on the responsibility for helping refugees? Enjoy their discussion and also check out Alex’s upcoming book, “The Arc of Protection: Towards a New International Refugee Regime.

May 01, 2018
John Prendergast: The Enough Project, South Sudan - and working with George Clooney
00:51:31

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 underpinning Enough, how to work with celebrities, and the lessons he has learned through his advocacy. They reflect on the root causes of conflict, the role of advocacy, and what activists should make of South Sudan. 

Apr 24, 2018
Stephen Hickey on witnessing the unfolding Syria crisis
00:55:21

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. Now, he's the political coordinator of the UK mission to the United Nations, and he talks to Ravi and Grant about how seven brutal years of war in Syria has created a humanitarian crisis on an immense scale. The discussion covers the roots of the conflict, how the West has responded and the potential danger of military action without a long-term diplomatic strategy.

Apr 17, 2018
Madeleine Albright on the global refugee crisis
00:57:07

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 humanitarian intervention has evolved, her disappointment in Aung San Suu Kyi over the treatment of the Rohingya, and the role of art in this dark political moment. 

Apr 10, 2018
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