our next Brown Bag Lunch on Wednesday 17 February 2021 will focus on the work of the Centre for Humanitarian Action (CHA).
Please note: This is an invitation-only event.
Since 2019, CHA has been the first German think tank on humanitarian action and its links to development cooperation. In its work, which is financed by civil society, CHA has set itself two thematic priorities, among others: the capabilities of German humanitarian action and its actors, and the challenges of the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus in practice.
Firstly, CHA has identified a lack of competence and capacity of German humanitarian action in these fields on the public as well as on the civilian side. Secondly, although around 80 per cent of today’s emergency aid has to be provided in conflict areas, CHA sees German and international actors as having limited capacity to translate into practice the often academic debate on better connecting humanitarian aid, development cooperation and peace work.
We would like to discuss these and other questions with Ralf Südhoff who has been the founding director of the CHA since January 2019. He leads the research project on the humanitarian policy and strategy capacity of German actors. His other areas of focus are the Syria crisis and the MENA region, humanitarian reform and monetary policy, global food security and the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus.
Prior to joining CHA, Ralf was the Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Regional Office for the Syria Crisis in Amman (2017-2018). Prior to that, he was Director of the WFP Office in Berlin for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein for almost 10 years. Ralf was also Head of External Relations at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Bonn and Advisor to Ms Uschi Eid, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
We look forward to your participation!
Head of GIZ Berlin office