The Airbel Impact Lab Staff

The IRC and The Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at The New School are excited to announce the fall 2020 cohort of fellows. Supported by the Arnhold Foundation, master’s and doctoral students at The New School have the opportunity to contribute or lead design and research projects at the IRC, at headquarters, and in the field.

Since 2017, fellows have worked at the IRC on a range of teams including policy, innovation, research, health, governance, and emergency response. …


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We’re excited to announce that two IRC projects are honored in Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas.

Pop-Up Learning, a computer-assisted learning program, is a in the Education category.

Martha Edu, an interactive visual education tool for children with hearing disabilities, received an in the Best World Changing Idea Overall — Europe, Middle East, Africa category

World Changing Ideas is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate finished products and brave concepts that make the world better. A panel of judges from across sectors choose winners, finalists, and honorable mentions based on feasibility and the potential for impact. …


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Calling all applicants! Are you a doctoral candidate, post-doc, or aid practitioner? Do you have work you’d like to share on education and integration? You might be the right fit for the on the Potential of Education for Integration. The conference will be held in Berlin, Germany from June 22 to 26, 2020, and is hosted by .

Throughout the course of the conference, we will discuss the ways education can interact with social integration of migrants, refugees and displaced persons, (national) minorities, and indigenous societies. This interdisciplinary and collaborative forum will bring together scholars, researchers, and practitioners from around the world. Thewill be working with the Georg Eckert Institute to hold a one-day incubator session during this conference. During the incubator session, we will explore connections between the IRC’s programming and participants’ work. …


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The IRC and The Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at The New School are excited to announce the fall 2019 cohort of fellows. Supported by the Arnhold Foundation, master’s and doctoral students at The New School have the opportunity to contribute or lead design and research projects at the IRC, at headquarters and in the field.

Since 2017, fellows have worked at the IRC on a range of teams including policy, innovation, research, health, governance, and emergency response. …


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The Airbel Center was born from the belief at the International Rescue Committee that we can create a more effective and efficient humanitarian sector. We believe that addressing the evolving and growing nature of this crisis requires not just more aid, but also new thinking.

For the past three years, Airbel has been working to catalyze a humanitarian sphere that can provide urgent care to those who need it most, while also supporting and empowering people affected by crises, and meeting both their needs and desires.

Our vision is of a sector that empowers clients as much as service providers, where decisions are made based on data and research, and behavior change efforts support people to understand their options and take action to improve their lives. …


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The Airbel Center at the International Rescue Committee is a team of behavioral economists, human centered designers, strategists, humanitarians, and researchers working in crisis-affected contexts.

Our evidence-based approaches help us understand some of the world’s most intractable problems and the effectiveness of current interventions. This is paired with a design-led iterative approach focusing on meeting the needs and desires of people by combining the best of a variety of disciplines and methods.

As part of our multi-disciplinary focus, Airbel works with a group of expert designers who bring important perspectives and standards from the field to our work in lower-resource contexts. …


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Through the Zolberg-IRC Fellows Program, supported by the Arnhold Foundation, master’s and doctoral students at The New School have the opportunity to contribute to design and research projects at the IRC. They lead and contribute to projects at IRC headquarters and in the field.

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Anjali Bhalodia, MFA Transdisciplinary Design, Parsons School of Design

Anjali is a design educator, researcher, and strategist. She is passionate about bringing human-centered approaches to organizational and community-driven projects and processes. Anjali is currently pursuing an MFA in Transdisciplinary design at Parsons. …


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As has been reported this week, the number of people across the world who have been forced to flee their homes continues to rise. At the close of 2018, UNHCR reports that were forcibly displaced — twice as many people as 20 years ago.

As humanitarian crises grow in scale, duration and impact, so too has the need to find innovative approaches to financing that are more efficient, more effective, more equitable, and more sustainable.

The UN Global Compact on Refugees, which was adopted on 17th December 2018, establishes the architecture for an internationally-agreed, stronger, more predictable, and more equitable response to new and existing large refugee crises. It recognizes that “the mobilization of timely, predictable, adequate and sustainable public and private funding…is key to the successful implementation of the global compact.” …


Do community-driven development programs work to improve lives?

By Marie-France Guimond, Advisor Research Systems

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Comparing focus group discussion results during a community scorecard activity in Eastern DRC. Photo: IRC.

My favorite aid parody is a . In this video, two friends have a grand poverty alleviation strategy for rural Africa: donating smoothie machines. It shines a light on the undeniable reality that well-meaning aid workers can fail spectacularly when pushing the wrong solutions for the wrong problems.

What if, instead, communities could decide what they need? One such method is community-driven development (CDD) and at its core, it is about providing money directly to communities for public projects that they choose themselves. CDD became popular in the early 2000s: The World Bank alone provided for CDD programs. …


The former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on a just approach to climate change action

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. Women are to the effects of climate change due to political, economic, and social obstacles and their dependence on natural resources. of people displaced by climate change are women, according to the United Nations.

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For Mary Robinson — former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, former UN Special Envoy on Climate Change, and president of the — rectifying these injustices is an essential part of the international effort to address climate change. …

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