Here you will find a selection of media interviews, commentaries and press reports.
World Humanitarian Day
On the occasion of the World Humanitarian Day on August 19, 2022, CHA director Ralf Südhoff gave several interviews and called, among other things, for a “humanitarian Zeitenwende” and for a significant increase in funds as well as staff for humanitarian action at the German Foreign Office.
Ralf Südhoff bei SWR2 am Morgen zum G7 Gipfel
We are facing the most severe famine since the Second World War. CHA Director Ralf Südhoff explains what this means and what should be done by the G7 on German radio SWR2 on the occasion of the G7 summit in Elmau.
Listen to the recording (German).
Ralf Südhoff on the fight against hunger in the Augsburger Allgemeine
According to the latest figures from the United Nations, nearly 830 million people in the world are currently affected by hunger – around 150 million more than in 2019. CHA Director Ralf Südhoff gives an insight into the structural causes and what this means for the fight against hunger in the German daily Augsburger Allgemeine.
BR2 Radio: When hunger becomes a weapon
How can a global hunger crisis be tackled? Ralf Südhoff was guest of presenter Christine Krueger on German radio BR2 talk of the day. [German]
Frankfurter Rundschau on Mali
Before the debate in the German Bundestag about the Bundeswehr mandate in Mali, German newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau spoke with Andrea Steinke, CHA research fellow. [German]
hr-iNFO report on the donor conference for Ukraine
German radio station hr-iNFO spoke with CHA director Ralf Südhoff about the relevance of donor conferences in general and the one for Ukraine on 5 May 2022 in particular. [German]
Humanitäre Lage in der Ukraine
Almost four weeks after the start of the war, Ralf Südhoff gave several interviews on the escalating humanitarian situation in Ukraine.
WDR Monitor: Afghanistan
The plight of the people in Afghanistan is also a consequence of Western sanctions. Urgently needed relief funds still hardly arrive. Ralf Südhoff at WDR Monitor.
Interview with Frankfurter Rundschau: Independent aid is possible in many cases
Ralf Südhoff in an interview with German daily Frankfurter Rundschau about providing for the people in Afghanistan and ways to support the population without playing into the hands of the Taliban regime.
Afghanistan: Radio interview with Ralf Südhoff
UN aid for Afghanistan will cost at least 4.5 billion euros this year – the largest humanitarian appeal the United Nations has ever made for a country. Philine Sauvageot from SWR2 talks to Ralf Südhoff about the humanitarian situation in the country.
Humanitarian AI Podcast on Humanitarian action and artificial intelligence
How can artificial intelligence be useful for humanitarian action? Ralf Südhoff speaks with Brent Philipps of the podcast series Humanitarian AI Today.
CHA in Der Tagesspiegel
Violence, poverty and no school: in the Middle East, millions of children are growing up in dire need. Does the “lost generation” still have a chance? Can more money help them? asks Christian Böhme from the Tagesspiegel. CHA Director Ralf Südhoff calls on the new German government to expand Germany’s commitment.
CHA on Radio SWR2 about 75 Years UNICEF
The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) was founded 75 years ago. In an interview with SWR2-Journal am Morgen, Ralf Südhoff spoke about Unicef’s role in a world full of crises, its important advocacy work for children’s rights and current challenges in humanitarian action.
CHA in DIE ZEIT
A very worthwhile article in DIE ZEIT in the run-up to the UN World Food System Summit on 23 September explains why hunger is on the rise again worldwide. Ralf Südhoff, Director CHA has his say, criticising that also in food aid too little thought is given to when and how humanitarian action, development policy and conflict prevention should be better interlinked.
CHA in Der Standard
Austria’s federal government strongly opposes taking in endangered Afghans, despite harsh criticism. Instead, it wants to provide aid on the ground. Kim Son Hoang from Der Standard also spoke with CHA Director Ralf Südhoff about this.
CHA AT RADIO SWR2 ON WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY
On the occasion of the World Day of Humanitarian Aid, Ralf Südhoff gave an interview in the culture magazine of radio station SWR2. In the interview with editor Martin Gramlich, the director of CHA warns against the politicization of humanitarian aid.
CHA IN THE SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG
In the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Thomas Kirchner makes it clear that it was not the welcoming culture that brought more and more refugees to Germany in 2015, but sheer need. He also spoke with CHA director Ralf Südhoff about this.
CHA IN DEUTSCHLANDFUNK KULTUR
On 15 June 2021, German radio channel Deutschlandfunk Kultur published a radio feature in its podcast series Zeitfragen, in which the system of humanitarian aid is being critically questioned. Ralf Südhoff, director of the Centre for Humanitarian Action, is one of the experts cited in the feature.
#WORLDHUMANITARIANDAY AND 5 YEARS “WIR SCHAFFEN DAS”: INTERVIEW WITH CHA DIRECTOR RALF SÜDHOFF
CHA Director Ralf Südhoff interviewed by the Deutsche Welle, WDR 5 Morgenecho and hr-iNFO on the occasion of the World Humanitarian Day and 5 years of "Wir schaffen das".
BETTER STRATEGIES FOR GERMAN HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE – DW RADIO INTERVIEW
Ralf Südhoff was interviewed by Anke Rasper (Deutsche Welle) for a broadcast of the English radio show World in Progress. In this episode, Südhoff elaborated on the questions: Where does German humanitarian assistance stand?
What could be Germany’s global role? What do German public & civil actors need to look at? How can think tank CHA contribute to these issues?
HELP WITHOUT CAUSING ANY HARM – RBB RADIO INTERVIEW
In this radio interview CHA director Ralf Südhoff reports on his personal background in the field of humanitarian action. By presenting some of the conflicts he was confronted with in his previous positions, listeners gain insights into the dilemmas of humanitarian principles. He also takes a stand on important topics such as sea rescue and arms exports and shows how the CHA can contribute to improving humanitarian action.
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