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Humanitarian Horizons

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I Think You’re On Mute is showcasing the people and stories of Humanitarian Horizons, an initiative of the Humanitarian Advisory Group.

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I Think You’re on Mute

During humanitarian emergencies, local actors often struggle to be heard. Their microphone isn’t off – they’re just on mute, with the voices of international actors drowning them out. Fortunately, this is changing. The last decade has brought with it an unfortunate plethora of humanitarian emergencies, and with it, the realisation, that local actors are often best placed to lead local humanitarian responses.

I Think You’re on Mute will explore how we build a better, more locally-led humanitarian sector. Throughout the series, Co-Founder and Director of the Humanitarian Advisory Group, Beth Eggleston, will share stories from the people shaping a better humanitarian future.

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Episode 4 - Greening the System

In Episode 4, we speak to:

  • Sesimani Lokoutui, National Coordinator at the Civil Society Forum of Tonga, about the aftermath of the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcanic eruption;
  • Zaki Ullah from GLOW Pakistan, about the environmental impact of humanitarian responses in the country;
  • Emeline Siale Illolahia from PIANGO, about the outlook for localisation in the Pacific.

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Episode 3 – People, Power and Local Leadership

In Episode 3, we speak to:

  • Pam Combinidio, from HAG, on the production of knowledge in the humanitarian sector;
  • Leaine Robinson and Iris Low, from CoLAB in Fiji, about their work to advance localisation;
  • Suman Ahsanul, from the Institute of Innovation for Gender and Humanitarian Transformation (InSights) in Bangladesh.

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Episode 2 – Real Time Analysis

In Episode 2, we speak to:

  • Emeline Siale Illolahia, Executive Director of Pacific Islands Association of Non-Government Organisations (PIANGO) on the Cyclone Harold response;
  • Dr Puji Pujiono, on the work of national and local actors in response to the 2018 tsunami and earthquake in Palu, Indonesia;
  • Jessica Lees, from HAG, on the private sector response to the 2018 earthquake in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea;
  • Fanny Coussy, also from HAG, on the impact of real time analysis in a humanitarian response.

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Episode 1 – Reforming the Humanitarian System

In Episode 1, we speak to:

  • Shirley Abraham, Vanuatu Association of NGOs, on the response to Cyclone Pam in 2015;
  • Kate Sutton, Co-Founder of the Humanitarian Advisory Group (or HAG) on the early days of the organisation, and her background in the humanitarian sector;
  • James Gilling, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, on Australia’s support for humanitarian sector reform;
  • And Dr Puji Pujiono, from Indonesia’s Pujiono Centre, on localisation and humanitarian reform in Indonesia.



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