The Data Science Initiative invites you to hack for Peace, Justice and Security. This is the second edition of our hackathon, and this year is going to be even bigger and better!

Would you like to help organisations such as the UNICRI Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Translators Without Borders and the National Rapporteur for Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children with real global problems? Then apply now.

You’ll have the opportunity to work with teams on interesting data sets, building solutions for global challenges. Besides the serious stuff, this is also a great networking opportunity and you will get to enjoy great food, fun distractions and relaxing massages.

If you are not a hacker but want to be involved anyway?

Please contact Kate Dodgson: kate@datascienceinitiative.eu

Welcome to this week’s Humans of the Hub post! This weeks’ innovator is Tim Kreuk.

Tim is the Head of the HALO Trust’s European Office, he joined the HALO Trust in 2017 and the organisation joined the Humanity Hub last August.

Tim’s background is originally in the military as an engineer officer, where he was deployed to conflicts such as Iraq and Chad, before then moving to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. However, he realised he’d prefer to work in an area that had more impact on those whom he wanted to help, thus he moved to the HALO Trust two years ago.

“Due to my past military experience I was already familiar with conflict zones and land mines, and as I wanted to have more of an impact on those currently caught up in conflict zones and help them directly, moving to HALO Trust was definitely the right move for me”

HALO Trust is a humanitarian mine clearance organisation who work in current and post-conflict areas, removing land mines to decrease the risk to local communities and allow them to safely rebuild their lives.

Tim has been at the frontline of HALO Trust operations, and has worked in Zimbabwe with women from the local community to painstakingly scour the land for potential landmines.

“Working in Zimbabwe was tough, the heat and the weight of the gear you have to wear whilst monitoring the ground made the work incredibly hard. What was so impressive was the local women, many of which are single mothers, who worked alongside me in the field. They were so powerful and positive, often encouraging me to keep going and smiling. It was really impressive.”

Since joining the Humanity Hub, Tim has fully immersed himself in our community.

“Conversations in The Humanity Hub focus on the beneficiaries of an organisation rather than its revenue. It’s really refreshing. We already explored possible cooperation in our humanitarian work with Hub members Space4Good and ZOA.”

If you want to find out more about the amazing work that the HALO Trust do, check out their website!

#HumansoftheHub

(Voor Nederlands zie hieronder )

Member of the Supervisory Board from Academia / Knowledge institution

The Hague Humanity Hub is currently looking for a new member of the Supervisory Board, with the profile of professor or senior administrator from a knowledge institution with expertise in the field of peace, law and humanitarian action.

About The Hague Humanity Hub

The Hague Humanity Hub Foundation, established at the initiative of the municipality of The Hague at the end of 2017, aims to promote peace and justice worldwide by stimulating and facilitating innovation in the municipality of The Hague. To this end, the Hub promotes cooperation between (international) companies / startups, NGOs, knowledge institutions, and governments that are (or want to be) active in the ‘Peace and Justice’ domains. The Hub thus contributes to the ambition of the municipality of The Hague to be a global leader as a location for international organizations active in the fields of Peace and Justice. The foundation is funded by member contributions and an operating grant from the municipality. The foundation aims to become independent of subsidy from the municipality by 2022.

Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board monitors the management and provides advice and assistance in the realization of the objectives of the Foundation.

More specifically, the Supervisory Board has the following main tasks:

  • ensuring the proper functioning of the management and the role of the employer (appointment, assessment and dismissal of the management);
  • the proper functioning of internal supervision;
  • advisor to the management;
  • maintaining integral supervision of management policies and general affairs within the foundation;
  • approving strategic decisions and policymaking of the management
  • supervising consultation with stakeholders

The Board has 5 members and meets at least 4 times a year, not including one or two topical meetings. The members of the Supervisory Board receive a modest meeting and expense allowance.

 Desired profile

  • Academic professor or senior administrator of a knowledge institution with expertise in the areas of peace, justice and/or humanitarian action
  • Administrative and / or supervisory experience in complex organizations and experience with development issues in such organizations
  • Sensitivity to political and societal context within which the Humanity Hub operates.
  • Innovative/disruptive approach, able to signal opportunities for the development of the hub and the application of new technologies
  • Able to support the hub with insights into relevant academic developments
  • Operates in a relevant network contributing to insights relevant for the Humanity Hub while maintaining independent position of supervisory board member
  • Clear connection and affinity with the mission of the Hague as International City of Peace and Justice

 Qualities and competences

  • Good balance between involvement and independence
  • Quick overview and insight
  • Political sensitivity
  • Decisive
  • Proactive attitude and behavior
  • Team collaboration
  • Self-reflective
  • Communicative
  • Independence and integrity

Interested?

If you fit this profile, we would like to hear from you.

You can send your letter and curriculum vitae up to and including 1 May to jill.wilkinson@humanityhub.net quoting Vacancy RvT.

More information via www.humanityhub.net or by telephone at Jill Wilkinson, Managing Director under 070-217 10 80.

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Vacature – Lid Raad van Toezicht vanuit Wetenschap/Kennisinstelling

The Hague Humanity Hub is per direct op zoek naar een nieuw lid van zijn Raad van Toezicht, met het profiel hoogleraar of bestuurder vanuit een kennisinstelling met expertise op het gebied van vrede, recht en/of [humanitaire actie.

Over The Hague Humanity Hub

Stichting The Hague Humanity Hub, opgericht op initiatief van de gemeente Den Haag eind 2017, stelt zich ten doel vrede en recht wereldwijd te bevorderen door innovatie te stimuleren en te faciliteren. Hiertoe biedt de Hub zowel een fysieke vestigings- en ontmoetingsplek in het centrum van Den Haag als programmatische activiteiten. Zodanig bevordert de Hub de samenwerking tussen (internationale) bedrijven/startups, NGO’s, kennisinstellingen en overheden die actief (willen) zijn in de domeinen ‘Vrede en Recht’. De Hub levert hiermee een bijdrage aan de ambitie van de gemeente Den Haag om als wereldwijd toonaangevende Stad van Vrede en Recht een aantrekkelijk locatie te zijn voor internationale organisaties actief binnen deze domeinen. De stichting bekostigt zichzelf door deelnemersbijdragen, verhuur en een exploitatiesubsidie van de gemeente. De doelstelling is om 2022 op eigen benen te staan.

Raad van Toezicht

De Raad van Toezicht van The Hague Humanity Hub controleert het bestuur van de stichting en staat deze met raad en daad terzijde in de realisatie van het doel van de stichting.

Meer specifiek heeft de Raad van Toezicht de volgende hoofdtaken:

  • zorgdragen voor goed functioneren van de directie en uitvoeren van de werkgeversrol (door benoeming, beoordeling en ontslag van de directie);
  • intern toezicht;
  • adviseren van de directie;
  • integraal toezien op het beleid van de directie en de algemene gang van zaken binnen de stichting; toe
  • goedkeuren van voorgenomen beleid en strategische beslissingen van de directie
  • toezicht houden [op de wijze waarop vorm wordt gegeven aan het overleg met de belanghebbenden

De Raad heeft 5 leden en vergadert 4 keer per jaar, exclusief een of twee themavergaderingen. De leden van Raad van Toezicht ontvangen een niet bovenmatige vergadervergoeding en onkostenvergoeding.

Profiel                                                   

  • Positie als hoogleraar of bestuurder van een kennisinstelling met expertise op het gebied van vrede, recht en humanitaire actie
  • Bestuurlijke en/of toezichthoudende ervaring in complexe organisaties en ervaring met ontwikkelingsvraagstukken in dergelijke organisaties
  • Gevoel voor de werkzaamheden van de stichting in de politieke en maatschappelijke context
  • Innovatief/disruptief, ziet kansen voor nieuwe ontwikkelingen en de mogelijkheden voor het toepassen van technologische vernieuwingen
  • In staat om de Hub te ondersteunen vanuit inzicht in relevante wetenschappelijke ontwikkelingen
  • Beweegt zich in voor de organisatie relevante netwerken met zicht op voor de organisatie relevante beleidsterreinen en onderhoudt relevante contacten waarbij een onafhankelijke opstelling als toezichthouder gewaarborgd blijft
  • Binding met de missie van de stad Den Haag als internationale stad van vrede en recht

Kwaliteiten en competenties

  • Evenwicht in betrokkenheid en bestuurlijke afstand
  • Snel overzicht en inzicht verwerven
  • Politieke sensitiviteit
  • Besluitvaardig
  • Proactieve houding en gedrag
  • Samenwerken in teamverband
  • Kritische zelfreflectie
  • Communicatief vaardig
  • Onafhankelijk en integer

Hebt u belangstelling?

Als u zich in dit profiel herkent, horen wij graag van u.

Uw motivatie en curriculum vitae kunt u tot en met uiterlijk 1 mei versturen naar jill.wilkinson@humanityhub.net onder vermelding van ‘Vacature RvT’.

Meer informatie via www.humanityhub.net of telefonisch bij Jill Wilkinson, Managing Director onder 070-217 10 80.  

This report presents the third in a series of yearly reports produced by Hub member Institute for Economics and Peace on Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG16), which measures peace, justice and strong institutions. Experience from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) shows that development is hindered by low peace and weak institutions. As such, in the UN 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, SDG16 is considered fundamental to achievements in many of the other SDGs.

You can read the full report here

Your Funding Network – a partner of Hub member DCHI – is offering a complementary ticket to its upcoming “Holistic Fundraising & Mentoring” Certificate Training Program taking place on May 8th , 9th and 10th at The Hague Humanity Hub.

This in depth program will be led by two international experts in the field of fundraising, board engagement and business community involvement – Linda Lysakowski and Ellen Bristol – and will cover a broad range of topics including but not limited to:

  • Identifying Gaps In Your Current Fundraising Approach through The Leaky Bucket Assessment;
  • Fine Tuning Your Fundraising Strategy & Development Plan;
  • Creating Your Fundraising Case of Support;
  • Donor “FIT”: are you asking the right donors;
  • Donor Pipeline Planning and Maintaining;
  • Engaging Your Business Community;
  • The Impact Of Relationships For Major Gifts.

Owing to the mix of lecture and case study formats across the 3 days, participants will complete the program equipped with practical fundraising tools to apply in a strategic and proactive manner. Plus, in addition to the training itself, all participants will also benefit from:

These 2 complementary tickets are offered to DCHI partners and members of The Hague Humanity Hub through nomination. To know more about the terms and conditions, please click here.

For full details of the program, you can visit Your Funding Network website and can directly reach out to Somaye Dehban, Managing Director of Your Funding Network.

The Data Science Initiative is putting on the 2nd Hackathon For Good! It will be from 14th – 16th June this year. They are currently looking for challenge owners, so please reach out if your organisation has a peace, justice or security challenge which involves data science or AI/ML. (deadline end of 1st week of April).

Below is a brochure about the Hackathon and submitting challenges. Please reach out to info@humanityhub.net

Find out more:

Transforming for impact with Rt Hon. Helen Clark. How can governments achieve our SDGs?

*Fee includes Welcome Drink on arrival*

Join our discussion with former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark moderated by Leadership4SDGs Foundation President Simone Filippini.

Helen Clark’s career encompasses over 27 years in politics during her tenure as both a Member of Parliament and Prime Minister in New Zealand. She then went on to spend 8 years as Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme. Since leaving her position at the UNDP Helen has devoted her time to promoting peace, justice, gender equality, good governance and climate action, issues very close to her heart.

Simone Filippini’s has spent her career dedicated to humanitarian projects, democracy and diplomacy. Now, as the current President of Leadership4SDGs systematically supporting government political leadership and through that aims to contribute to achieving #Agenda2030.

On April 15 Helen Clark will talk with Simone Filippini, sharing her experience and ideas, on Social Development Goals. Don’t miss this opportunity to deliberate, discuss and question Helen on SDG leadership!

  • Location: The Hague Humanity Hub, Flugewelen 58
  • Date: 15th April 2019
  • Time: 17:00-19:00

Reserve your spot here!

We are happy to announce that new dates are now available for one-one mentoring sessions with John Marks.

John is Senior Advisor and Founder of Search for Common Ground. He offers his 4 decades years of experience as an entrepreneur who founded and built the largest peacebuilding NGO in the world. John is also a Skoll awardee and Senior Ashoka Fellow and award-winning bestselling author. John is available for presentations and mentoring in the areas of basic principles of social entrepreneurship and/or fundraising.

Search for Common Ground is an international non-profit organisation operating in 36 countries whose mission is to transform the way the world deals with conflict away from adversarial approaches toward cooperative solutions.

Are you a member and interested in meeting with John, please come talk to one of the team members, or send us an email at info@humanityhub.net

Diderik van Wingerden is one of The Spindle‘s swarm members, who keeps us sharp and reflects on our work. Recently, he was our expert that led the Future Session ‘Open Innovation & Open Design’. He is also a Humanity Hub member.

Diderik has a proven track record working as Technical Project Manager and Digital and Open Innovation Consultant, mostly in The Netherlands and to a lesser extent abroad. His background lies in Computer Science, Business Economics and Lean Innovation. Currently, he’s redirecting his work towards ‘social innovation’, especially aimed at addressing global problems related to food, water, energy, housing, healthcare and digital infrastructure. Believing that his experience and network can be of value, he also understands that there is much more to learn within this field of work. Therefore, he offers his skills and time (4 weeks!) to contribute to an innovative initiative – “in any way that we together find it to be valuable”.

Get in touch with Diderik by e-mail: diderik@think-innovation.com or phone: +31(0)6-21639148.

For more information is on his website.

California Based Humanitarian Technology Company Kumbaya Establishes its European Headquarters in The Hague

The Hague, 25 February 2019 – Today at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Kumbaya Inc. announced the opening of its new European head-office in The Hague. The business ecosystem of The Hague has made a great impression on Kumbaya with its business value and now Kumbaya’s European office can call The Hague Humanity Hub – a community of innovators in peace, justice and humanitarian field – a home. Welcome to The Hague!  

“Today Kumbaya – an IT company from California – officially announced they will set up their European office in The Hague. We met with Kumbaya here at the Holland Pavilion of the Mobile World Congress over the past years, where we informed them about the Dutch High-tech ecosystem & business opportunities our country offers to innovative technology companies. We are proud that our Investinholland program led to these new Foreign Investments in to our Country. As Ambassador I would like to officially welcome them to the Netherlands!”, says the Dutch Ambassador to Spain, Mattijs van Bonzel.

From Mobile World Congress to Investing in Holland
Following the Meeting with The Hague Business Agency (THBA) at MWC 2017, Kumbaya learned of the great environment The Hague has in place for businesses of global social impact and the multitude of opportunities available to the company through an expansion in the Netherlands. The Hague runs a unique program on impact economy – ImpactCity – carefully designed to facilitate businesses that work on innovations for a better world to start up and scale up by providing access to a comprehensive business and impact investment network. THBA has set up a fact finding trip for Kumbaya to join the ‘Impact Startup fest’ initiative of ImpactCity and the biggest festival for impact-makers in Europe, as a delegate in 2018 and in close collaboration with The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency office in San Francisco – a tailor made program was created to assist Kumbaya with all the necessary information for the company to open its office in world’s first ImpactCity: The Hague.

 “I am proud to welcome Kumbaya to our city. The Hague as an Impact City has a large international community of social innovators. The city is also traditionally known as ‘Telecom-capital’ of The Netherlands. The establishment of Kumbaya in The Hague is a wonderful crossover between these two areas. I am sure Kumbaya has chosen the perfect ecosystem for their next step.”, says Deputy Mayor of the City of The Hague, Saskia Bruines.

Scalable impact through The Hague 
“There are several factors that played a key role in our choice for establishing our European head-office in The Hague. The ImpactCity program of The Hague includes a highly relevant network of humanitarian and like-minded organizations, a friendly business environment, people and events. Moreover, The Netherlands is the perfect gateway to reach our core market in Africa.”, says Mike Freni, CEO of Kumbaya.

Kumbaya is now readying to kickstart trials to fill rural connectivity black spots with its award winning zeroXess Solar-Powered, Communications and IoT Solutions Hub in Ghana and Malawi.
The company aims to connect 15,000 households in 2019 to test the technology commercially. With plans for a full rollout in the region, the trial will demonstrate the scalability and sustainability of its unique business model in addition to testing the localized content delivery platform that is tailored to address the customer needs including both the end user and the network service providers, ultimately creating a win-win for all parties involved.  

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About Kumbaya
Based in Palos Verdes, California, Kumbaya is a tech for good company and a real humanitarian innovator that develops and implements innovative IoT solutions to end poverty. Kumbaya’s mission is to create sustainable solutions that enable the under-served, unconnected people of our world to transform their lives. With this in mind Kumbaya has developed its core product zeroXess, which brings power, connectivity and knowledge content to off grid populations through IoT solutions. zeroXess is a solar-powered home energy and communications platform that is affordable, reliable and sustainable, to ensure there is always electricity, light, connectivity, and access to the information of the world.