6. feb, 2019

C4C is a partner in the Mental Health course in Complex Emergencies

September 16 to 26, 2018

Kampala, Uganda

The  Mental Health at Complex Emergencies Course  is an intensive multidisciplinary ten-day training course for mental health workers and humanitarian program staff who wish to gain insight and competency in establishing mental health or psychosocial programs in (post-) conflict areas or in areas affected by complex disasters including refugee settings.

In the first week, the course will provide practical training and mental health and mental support (MHPSS) and strengthen the role of assistant in complex humanitarian emergencies and relief operations, such as assessments, monitoring and evaluation, understanding the humanitarian context, security, and self-care. In the second week, students may choose from a number of three-day workshops in which particular topics relevant to humanitarian emergencies will be explored in depth, facilitated by specialists.

The course is organized by the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA or Fordham University in New York.) Course Directors are

Larry Hollingworth, CBE - Humanitarian Programs Director, Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC), Visiting Professor, Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA), Fordham University

Lynne Jones, OBE, FRCPsych. Ph.D. - Visiting Scientist, FXB Center for Health & Human Rights, Harvard University School of Public Health

Willem van de Put - Co-founder, Mental Health in Complex Emergencies Course 
Founder and Director, Culture for Change (C4C) Research Fellow, Fordham University 
Scientific Expert at the   Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp

Peter Ventevogel, MD, PhD. - Senior Mental Health Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees


View the MHCE Syllabus

6. feb, 2019

Interesting session today in Geneva as one of the side events of the  World Health Assembly  : #AidToo:  Sexual exploitation in international cooperationCould not help but notice that the problem of abuse was less discussed. It seems that one way of avoiding abuse or unequal power is to shift responsibility (and power) to the refugee population, rather than having them being managed by expatriate NGO staff. But much more interesting would be what we mean by accountability. In terms of legitimizing the job opportunities form local people, accountability should be in the very first place, rather than donors and constituencies. In terms of gender, abuse and 'the others', we could respect local values ​​and local ways of preventing and addressing violence.

6. feb, 2019

21 May 2018: At the request of the  Joint Learning Initiative  , a Washington-based international collaboration on evidence for faith groups, and C4C is conducting a literature review. We are looking into the specific roles, caveats, most effective strategies and demonstrated impact of Faith-Based organizations in social and behavior change. The role of faith-based organizations in health and development is often underestimated, and needs to be more effective and relevant in creating positive change.

6. feb, 2019

PHNOM PENH, April 19, 2018-  The  World Bank Group and the   Sexual Violence Research Initiative   (SVRI) recently awarded $ 99,900 to Monash University, RACHA, and Culture for Development in Cambodia, which aims to reduce incidents or   gender-based violence   (GBV). ). Click  here  for a poster of the project). 

The Award, part of the 2018   Development Market for Gender-Based Violence *  , will support the Cambodia-based organization   Reproductive and Child Health Alliance  , working with   Monash University   in Australia and  C4C  in the Netherlands. underpin and shape GBV, and how interventions by Buddhist monks and female devotees could contribute to prevention.

Specifically, the award will help them test how women, men, girls and boys use their local cultural references to understand what they have experienced or witnessed. Through collaboration with a Buddhist network, they will be responsible for and help GBV and mitigate its effects. They will also document why perpetrators and survivors sought help from monks and female devotees, and how it changes attitudes towards women and girls.

"Cambodia has important advances against gender-based violence, but understanding cultural attitudes is important to GBV succeed,"   said   Miguel Eduardo Sanchez Martin, World Bank Acting Country Manager for Cambodia.  "We congratulate the winners on this innovative approach and look forward to learning about the effects of GBV."

The World Health Organization estimates that  35 percent of women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual partner violence or non-partner sexual violence  in their lifetime. According to UN Women, in Cambodia, at least one in five women is a victim of GBV and more than half of all children's experience of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner, parent or adult relative, or community member. These figures seem comparable with other countries, but not express how the nature of violence in Cambodia is debilitating and accepted as a part of life.

Studies show that  gender-based violence can cost up to 3.7 percent or GDP due to lost productivity,"  said  Caren Grown, Senior Director, Gender, World Bank Group "The World Bank Group is proud to support the Development Marketplace winners, whose projects seek to find sustainable and scalable approaches to preventing GBV for us today and for future generations."

Launched in 2015 in memory of Hannah Graham, daughter of a long-time World Bank Group employee, the Development Marketplace is an annual competition for researchers towards finding innovative solutions that can help individuals, communities and nations stamp out GBV.

This year's winners, selected from more than 250 submissions from research institutions, NGOs, and aid organizations around the world, from Armenia, Cambodia, Colombia, Honduras, Jordan, Kenya, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Rwanda, and South Africa.

Winning teams received up to $ 100,000 each and were chosen based on merit, research or project design and methods, significance, team expertise, and ethical considerations.

The SVRI Grant, a global innovation award started in 2014, more awarded than US $ 1 million to nine projects in seven countries. With more than 5,500 members, SVRI is one of the largest global research networks focused on violence against women. SVRI supports research by disseminating and sharing knowledge and nurturing collaboration and networking, and improves policy and practice by supporting and funding research and capacity development. It hosts an international forum every two years to advance and expand on sexual and intimate partner violence.

* The official title is the " Sexual Violence Research Initiative and the World Bank Group's 2018 Development Marketplace for Innovation in the Prevention and Response of Gender-Based Violence (In Memory of Hannah Graham)"


Maurice  Requirements Bruch  -  maurice.eisenbruch@monash.edu 

Theary Chan  ctheary@racha.org.kh    www.racha.org.kh

Willem van de Put   willemvandeput@culture4change.com  www.culture4change.com

6. feb, 2019

This morning I was at Antwerp University and listened to Jeffrey Sachs, who gave a masterclass upon receiving the  degree of Honoris Causa for general merit  . Yesterday evening I was at the Antwerp theater Arenberg, and listened to Karl Marx, who was brought to life after a career of 200 years after he was born by actor Johan Heldenberghand writer Stefaan Van Brabandt in a wonderful monologue (here is a   beautiful review  - in Dutch).

Both men spoke passionately for about one and a half hour. Heldenberg was good - he became Marx. I saw more and more similarities! Their inspiration is real, their passionate involvement in inequality, their anger about the situation in the world. Another similarity to acceptance was that Marx and Sachs had great ideas, that turned sour when they were tried out. This was Marx and not Marxism. Seven people attended his funeral in London in 1883. Millions died because of horrible interpretations of 'Marxism'. Sachs has been portrayed as a man or almost pathological drive and egotism, which has led to successes and refusal to listen or learn from criticism.Markx and Sachs both seem devoid of doubt, refusing to answer, dismissive or anyone who disagrees with them  . Granted, it was Sachs speaking, and not the millennium villages. His ideas reduced less harm. Sachs is very much alive, so let's not speculate about his funeral. It seems likely that there will be more than seven people, but it is too early to say that people pay $ 5, - to visit his grave 135 years after his death, as people now Marx 'grave.

So perhaps it is not always only about the outcome, and perhaps sometimes the intention may count too. I was impressed by the call for action from both. To get up and do something about obscene inequity, to not accept how multinationals get away with criminal behavior, to get up and fix ‘Europe’ because it’s the only place where things can come from now that the US has lost it. Marx finished his monologue quoting St Augustinuswho said "Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger is the way things are, and courage to see that they are not the way they are. "He wishes us a lot of this child or anger. And so did Sachs, without quoting saints. He urged us to do something new, and also that change happen.


Willem van de Put, 28-03-2018