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The world is facing the largest displacement crisis since WWII as a number of humanitarian emergencies rage on. Grant Gordon and Ravi Gurumurthy from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) have in-depth conversations with leading humanitarians, foreign policymakers, and innovators to understand ho… read more

46 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

What it Takes to Succeed After Displacement

April 23rd, 2019


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 …

Complicating Narratives with Documentary Photographer Glenna Gordon

April 16th, 2019


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, …

Climate Change: Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson on Climate Justice

April 9th, 2019


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 …

Climate Change: How Local Communities Can Build Resilience to Climate Change

April 2nd, 2019


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 …

Climate Change: How Global Warming Exacerbates Conflict

March 26th, 2019


As climate change causes rapid and large-scale migration, countries already facing environmental challenges become increasingly vulnerable to …

Climate Change Displacement is Happening Now

March 19th, 2019


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, …

Refugee Resettlement: Minister Ahmed Hussen Explains the Canadian Model

March 12th, 2019


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 …

Refugee Resettlement: Perspectives from an IRC Caseworker

March 5th, 2019


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 …

Refugee Resettlement: A Conversation with Congresswoman Ilhan Omar

February 26th, 2019


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 …

Refugee Resettlement: Using Data to Improve the System

February 19th, 2019


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 …

The Future of War: When Civilians Are Targeted in Conflict

February 12th, 2019


In October 2015, US airstrikes destroyed a trauma hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, operated by Médecins Sans Frontières. 42 people were killed. …

The Future of War: Documenting Human Rights Violations in Yemen

February 5th, 2019


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 …

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

January 29th, 2019


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 …

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

January 22nd, 2019


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, …

Announcing Season Two of Displaced

January 21st, 2019


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 …

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

October 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 …

Ann Mei Chang’s innovation playbook for the development sector

October 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, …

David Miliband on politics, populism and the global refugee crisis

October 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 …

Patrick Fine explains integrated development

October 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 …

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

October 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 …

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

September 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. …

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

September 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 …

Nancy Lindborg on what 'fragility' actually means

September 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 …

Jeremy Konyndyk on the humanitarian business model

September 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 …

Owen Barder: we need an alternative to refugee camps

August 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 …

Alix Zwane on what philanthropists can learn from venture capitalists

August 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 …

Paul Skidmore on the radical transformation to education in fragile states

August 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 …

David Halpern on revolutionizing policy through behavioral science

August 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 …

Rachel Glennerster’s insights on the randomization movement

July 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 …

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

July 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’: …

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

July 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 …

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

July 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 …

Kanika Bahl pulls back the curtain on innovation in aid

July 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 …

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

June 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 …

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

June 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 …

Bob Kitchen on how to respond to humanitarian emergencies

June 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 …

Vali Nasr on how wars end

June 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 …

Carolyn Miles: innovative solutions for improving the lives of children

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 …

Helene Gayle on how to lead organizations that respond to crisis

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 IRC’s Sarah Smith on educating children during humanitarian crises

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 …

Mandy Patinkin: From 'Homeland’ actor to refugee advocate

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 …

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

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 …

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

April 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 …

Stephen Hickey on witnessing the unfolding Syria crisis

April 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 …

Madeleine Albright on the global refugee crisis

April 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 …

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