Humanitarian Bazaar | Consulting & Training
Humanitarian Bazaar produces projects focused on how peope survive war and disaster.
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CONSULTING & TRAINING

Are you or your organization seeking consulting services, or rapid courses in humanitarian response, media production, or cultural outreach for your work in tough places? Since our inception, Humanitarian Bazaar has always aimed not only to produce stories and projects but also to provide “how to” training, advice, and simulations on humanitarian response, Sphere minimum standards in disaster assistance, creative media production, security and safety, and other specialties. What’s your next mission?

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While our core team runs Humanitarian Bazaar (humanitarian response, human rights advocacy, media production in war and disaster, frontline music, careers), we also offer expertise of a wide family of trainers and advisors in our network which also includes experts in peacebuilding, justice for war crimes, famine prevention, and other specialties needed by organizations and pioneers working for the public good in the world’s toughest places.

HB 3.10 | Seth traveling for HB with Adeso in Somalia. Photo Daniel J Gerstle.

1. CAREERS IN EMERGENCY RESPONSE

We provide a range of insight on how our team, advisers, and allies built careers in emergency response management, humanitarian aid, development aid, and crisis journalism. After shaping a humanitarian action workshop and simulation module at Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs, HB founder Daniel J Gerstle made this a core feature of the organization. Click on the focus title above to learn more, choose a mode, review the curriculum, and schedule a training.

Photo: US Navy.

2. EMERGENCY RESPONSE TECHNICAL SKILLS PRIMER

We have provided training on the Sphere Minimum Standards in Disaster Response and Humanitarian Aid Management in New York and Sarajevo, Bosnia. While we can adjust focus for the goals of our trainees, our general approach is to provide an overview of lifesaving aid to refugee services to reconstruction, and then focus in on how aid works in the most consistently demanded sectors: Medicine, Food & Nutrition, Water & Sanitation, Shelter, Livelihoods, Gender, Education, and Disabled Care. If trainees wish to focus in on one or two sectors, we can do that. Click on the focus title above to learn more, choose a mode, review the curriculum, and schedule a training.

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3. SAFETY & SECURITY IN HOSTILE ENVIRONMENTS

Prior to working and living in war and hostile environments, we strongly recommend that people of all walks of life take some form of first aid and survival techniques training. Most emergency aid workers and war journalists enroll in an intensive weekend or week long hostile environment training with simulations. At HB, we provide this with trainers who have a mix of humanitarian, as well as military and war journalism experience. But if people are traveling to tough places without time to take such an intensive training, we can also provide a webinar primer so that trainees at least know what kind of additional training focus they should have along the way. Click on the focus title above to learn more, choose a mode, review the curriculum, and schedule a training.

HB 5.13- Jake films Dikriyo Abdi. Photo Daniel J Gerstle.

4. PRODUCING DOCUMENTARY MEDIA IN TOUGH PLACES

We at Humanitarian Bazaar produced some tough documentary projects which are due out this year, including Live from Mogadishu (feature, 100 minutes, Somalia), Thunder Spiral (feature, 90 minutes, Bosnia & Afghanistan), and Journeys on the Edge (docuseries, 20 minutes x 10 episodes, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Ukraine, South Sudan), as well as the War Survivors Advisory (multi-media training platform). We take you behind the scenes of how we did it, and also discuss award-winning films like The White Helmets and Virunga. Click on the focus title above to learn more, choose a mode, review the curriculum, and schedule a training.

Shiine Akhyaar leads Mogadishu Music Festival, Somalia, 2013. DJG.

5. PRODUCING MUSIC & CULTURE FESTIVALS IN TOUGH PLACES

Humanitarian Bazaar was proud to produce the historic Mogadishu Music Festival, the first international and public concerts in Somalia’s capitol since the war began. We also produced the Journey of Peace festival in Dadaab refugee camps, Kenya, and co-produced Sound Central, Afghanistan’s first rock and alternative music fest. Cultural events in dangerous areas are not meant to take risks, but to reach out to youth who are already at risk and persuade them away from extremism and violence. Click on the focus title above to learn more, choose a mode, review the curriculum, and schedule a training.

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6. EMERGENCY CIVILIAN PROTECTION IN WAR

While Humanitarian Bazaar has been focused on innovating the War Survivors Advisory, a multimedia pre-combat civilian protection project-in-development, we have also done some gender-based violence, legal aid, and refugee casework projects. Our founder and advisers have a variety civilian protection experiences and can map out which organizations are doing what where. This focus should be vital for anyone heading to a conflict area, as well as people doing social work and refugee assistance in safer environments who seek context. Click on the title to learn more and schedule a training.

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7. DEVELOPING PROJECTS & WRITING GRANTS 

We offer here perhaps the most universally useful skill training, how to develop projects, proposals, and find support for those projects. Our examples include a range from how international aid agencies coordinate teams to produce large-scale humanitarian project proposals to how filmmakers shape their pre-production to build support for their films. Such skills can also be useful in starting a new business or starting a thesis. Click on the focus title above to learn more, choose a mode, review the curriculum, and schedule a training.

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8. EMERGENCY IN SYRIA, IRAQ & KURDISH AREAS 

Have you wanted more clarity on how Syria, Iraq & the Kurdish areas overlapping them have transformed into such a complex emergency? Our founder and adviser-trainers have worked in the region and can break it down, shaping the discussion on the goals of the trainees. If you are looking to get into aid and refugee assistance, we can start with how UN and aid agencies are coordinating response. If, however, you are a journalist looking for a refresher, we can discuss how fighting groups have formed alliances, or turned against each other, and how best to approach reporting on the ground. Click on the focus title above to learn more, choose a mode, review the curriculum, and schedule a training.

HB 3.12 | Environmental and aid pioneer Fatima Jibrell, who founded Adeso Africa, explains the troubles of desertification while filming with HB and Drewstone's Seth Chase in Somalia. Photo Daniel J Gerstle.

9. PREVENTING FAMINE IN SOMALIA & THE AFRICAN HORN

Humanitarian Bazaar partnered with Adeso Africa and others working in Somalia and Kenya. Part of the work was to travel deep into the Sanaag and Puntland regions of Somalia to learn from nomadic herders and local shopkeepers how they survive harsh drought conditions. HB’s founder, Daniel J Gerstle, worked out there three times and conducted deep research on how local restoration and protection of pasture for livestock and mitigating conflict between competing groups was key to preventing famine conditions. Meanwhile, international and local traders who dominate the market and control labor and pricing have a tremendous social responsibility to prevent barriers to fair distribution of food and work. Click on the focus title above to learn more, choose a mode, review the curriculum, and schedule a training.

HB 4.06 | Hodan Abdirahman performs with Dalmar Yare for Waayaha Cusub, with HB, in New York. Photo Meredith Hutchison.

10. LEARNING SOMALI MUSIC & POETRY CULTURE

Join HB and Somali hiphop collective Waayaha Cusub, to learn how Somali oral history transformed over hundreds of years from ancestry and prayer into poetry and music. We look back at the creation of the Waaberi music label and collective which dominated Somali music for decades, then at global icon K’naan (who performed with HB in concert in New York), hiphop-against-violence group Waayaha Cusub (HB partners in the Mogadishu Music Festival and other projects), and more recent singers and ‘oud players. Click on the focus title above to learn more, choose a mode, review the curriculum, and schedule a training.

Syrian Metal is War's first press in Rolling Stone. [Photo by Hazem Abdul Raouf]

11. STORYTELLING FOR FILM, FICTION, & NON-FICTION 

Storytelling can succeed freestyle, but many strong creative writers first learn story structure and how past stories have succeeded before they innovated their own style. With examples from the best war journalism, literary nonfiction, screenplay, and short fiction, we illuminate how most stories succeed. Based on the goals of the trainees, we can focus on a specific goal, such as how to public feature nonfiction in magazines. Creative writing tips can even help the shaping of proposals and speeches. Click on the focus title above to learn more, choose a mode, review the curriculum, and schedule a training.

Kenya | Somali child actress Sirad Shiine with her aunt in Nairobi. DJG 2012.

12. PHOTOGRAPHY PRO SKILLS PRIMER

Although Facebook and Instagram may be filled with cell phone and point-and-shoot camera shots, there is something more meaningful in well crafted lens photography. We teach you not only about framing and focus, but also lenses, aperture, shutter speed, film speed, filters, and editing. Each trainer has a different style specialty, so let us know if there is a specific style you are looking to learn. Click on the focus title above to learn more, choose a mode, review the curriculum, and schedule a training.

CURRENT SCHEDULE & RATES

 

We consult and train across many time zones, so we invite you to write us and let us know your focus area and which time frames are good for you. We can schedule based on client demand. At the same time, we will offer times listed here. Current rates are generally: Webinars (2hrs, $40, proceeds go to our War Survivors Advisory), Webinar & Consultation ($80, proceeds go to our War Survivors Advisory), Workshop training (group sessions $100 per day), Consult and Contracting ($100<$400/day + travel expenses per specialist depending on project). Just write us to discuss a consultation or sign up for a planned session: humanitarianbazaar@gmail.com. Also, check here for current events which may have different rates:
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THURSDAY 27 APRIL 2017, 10am-5pm

Sarajevo, Bosnia  |  Workshop: Protecting Civilians in War. We will start in Sarajevo’s old town, then walk the front line areas from Skenderija to Kovacici to Grbavica and discuss how internationa civilian protection efforts have evolved since the Bosnian War 1992-5 up to the Syria & Iraq Wars 2017. Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzgovina. Trainers/Speakers: Daniel J Gerstle, featuring Johanna-Maria Fritz and others to be confirmed.

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THURSDAY 27 APRIL 2017, 7-9pm

Skype Online (Berlin time)  |  Webinar: Emergency in Syria & Iraq: A Rapid Course by War Journalist, Ben Hiller. We will meet online on Skype and answer all your questions about the “Who’s Who” not only of the political puzzle, but of the humanitarian response and refugee migration. Ben presents in Berlin, Germany, but you can be anywhere! Join us!

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FRIDAY 28 APRIL 2017, 10am-430pm

Sarajevo, Bosnia  |  Workshop: Project Design & Grant Writing. We will talk about the range of projects from international emergency response to making films to running a cafe, showing how people create successful projects. We’ll look at examples including running a rock festival in Afghanistan and making a feature film in East Africa. Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzgovina. Trainers/Speakers: Daniel J Gerstle, featuring Johanna-Maria Fritz and others to be confirmed.

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SATURDAY 29 APRIL 2017, 10am-430pm

Sarajevo, Bosnia  |  Workshop: Producing Documentary Film. Featuring behind the scenes of our film, Live from Mogadishu, and series Journeys on the Edge. Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. Trainers/Speakers: Daniel J Gerstle, featuring Johanna-Maria Fritz and others to be confirmed.

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SUNDAY 30 APRIL 2017, 10am-430pm

Sarajevo, Bosnia  |  Workshop: Post-Production & Film Editing. Featuring behind the scenes of our film, Live from Mogadishu, and series Journeys on the Edge). Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzgovina. Trainers/Speakers: Daniel J Gerstle, featuring Johanna-Maria Fritz and others to be confirmed.

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SATURDAY 13 MAY 2017, 10am-5pm

Berlin, Germany  |  Workshop: Designing International Projects & Writing Grants: An Introduction. We will talk about the range of projects from international emergency response to making films to running a cafe, showing how people create successful projects. We’ll look at examples including running a rock festival in Afghanistan and making a feature film in East Africa. Location: Berlin, Germany. Trainers/Speakers: Daniel J Gerstle, featuring others to be confirmed.

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SUNDAY 14 MAY 2017, 10am-430pm

Berlin, Germany  |  Workshop: Managing Emergency Response & Refugee Services: An Introduction. We’ll run role play scenarios asking, What would you do to solve this emergency? And then after discussing the best course, we’ll teach you how the experts solved things. We’ll look not only at the Syria and Iraq crisis but also at the war in eastern Ukraine, and how these crises affect Europe. Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzgovina. Trainers/Speakers: Daniel J Gerstle, featuring others to be confirmed.

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SATURDAY 20 MAY 2017, 10am-430pm

Berlin, Germany  |  Workshop: Producing Documentary Film. Featuring behind the scenes of our film, Live from Mogadishu, and series Journeys on the Edge. Trainers/Speakers: Daniel J Gerstle, featuring others to be confirmed.

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SUNDAY 30 APRIL 2017, 10am-430pm

Berlin, Germany  |  Workshop: Post-Production & Film Editing. Featuring behind the scenes of our film, Live from Mogadishu, and series Journeys on the Edge). Trainers/Speakers: Daniel J Gerstle, featuring others to be confirmed.

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SPEAKER / TRAINERS

 

Daniel J Gerstle  |  Founder & executive director of Humanitarian Bazaar, has served as a filmmaker, humanitarian aid worker, human rights researcher, and war journalist in Africa, West Asia, the Middle East, Caucasus, and the Balkans. More recently, he created Humanitarian Bazaar to produce projects focused on how people survive war and disaster. With HB he produced the Mogadishu Music Festival (Somalia 2013), Journey of Peace Kenya music festival in Dadaab refugee camp (Kenya 2013), and co-produced the first Afghan rock fest, Sound Central Festival (Afghanistan, 2011). Live from Mogadishu, his first feature length film as director, premieres in summer 2017. Find him at Humanitarianbazaar.org  |  humanitarianbazaar@gmail.com.

Shiine Akhyaar  |  Founder & chairman of Waayaha Cusub. Shiine is the pioneer of Somali hiphop rap and poetry and lead founder of the group, Waayaha Cusub (New Era). He was founder and director of the Somali Sunrise Concert Tour for Peace, Journey of Peace Kenya concerts in Dadaab refugee camp, and the historic Mogadishu Music Festival. Shiine will lead Waayaha Cusub’s next tour in Europe and Africa in summer 2017.

Stephanie Moody-Geissler is an epidemiologist and public health expert who has worked with NGOs, academic institions, and several governemental public health agencies in multiple countries in Africa.  Most recently Stephanie worked in West Africa during the Ebola epidemic and during the Post-Ebola reconstruction. Stephanie has conducted trainings on public health, field epidemiology, careers in humanitarian and development aid for non-public health aid workers and community members in emergency settings, college and graduate students in the United States and East Africa.

Benjamin Hiller  |  Founding member and curator of the War Zone Freelance Exhibition. Hiller is a German-American freelance writer and photographer (RISC trained) currently based in Berlin, Germany. In 2008 he started his freelance career, focusing on the conflict zones in the Near-/Middle East as well as the Kurdish conflict in Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria. He brings into each job his experience of conflict zones, his technical expertise as well as his university studies of ethnology, enabling him to create in-depth, close up and critical reportages. See his work and contact at Benjamin-Hiller.com.

Many more consultants are available through our team and network. More trainers for these workshops and webinars will be added soon.
Humanitarianbazaar@gmail.com 

HB 7.18- Daniel presents HB in Vienna. Photo Sergelen Bay.

Humanitarian Bazaar holds a workshop on Producing Documentary Media in Tough Places at the M23 Library in Vienna, Austria.