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.
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