The Humanitarian Centre celebrates its 5th birthday


The Humanitarian Centre is celebrating its 5th birthday this year. To mark the occasion, the Centre is hosting a Birthday Garden Party at Emmanuel College on Wednesday 22nd June. The Humanitarian Centre is taking this opportunity to celebrate its growth over the past five years and highlight some of the exciting events taking place this year.

The Humanitarian Centre is a Cambridge-based network for international relief and development. It was started in 2006 by a group of small NGOs and student groups working to reduce global poverty and inequality. They recognised the need for a central network that would allow them to connect, co-operate and learn from one another. With generous support from the Sir Halley Stewart Trust, Ian Steed was appointed as the Humanitarian Centre’s manager and first staff member. The University of Cambridge offered the use of office space at Fenner’s, its sports department, and the Humanitarian Centre was born!

Thanks to the generosity of its supporters and the hard work of its staff, trustees, interns and volunteers, the Humanitarian Centre has been growing steadily since 2006. Today, its network includes 40 member organisations as well as individual members and others who regularly attend events. The Humanitarian Centre connects a diverse range of people and organisations, from the not-for-profit, academic and private sectors, around a shared interest in development.

The Humanitarian Centre provides networking opportunities, practical resources and training, and runs regular events such as the Annual Lecture, which brings overseas development experts to Cambridge. Its popular twice-yearly International Development Course (IDC) is a day-long series of talks and workshops aimed mainly at students and young people who are interested in reducing global poverty.

In the last year, the Humanitarian Centre has:
• launched a new annual publication, ‘Cambridge and International Development’, which highlights Cambridge’s impact on global poverty through specific themes, starting with
• launched its themed years, running a programme of events and activities focussed on Cambridge’s contribution to
ICT4D (Information and Communication Technologies for Development) in 2010-11. The theme for 2011-12 will be Global Health.

Recently, the Humanitarian Centre has employed a second member of staff, Anne Radl as Projects Officer, said goodbye to Ian Steed when he left to take up a new post at IFRC in Geneva, and welcomed Anna-Joy Rickard as its new Director.

Steve Jones, Chair of Trustees, said: “We’d like to thank everyone who has been part of the Humanitarian Centre’s journey so far – our members, supporters, donors, interns and volunteers. We’re very proud of what the Humanitarian Centre has achieved in the last five years, and we’re looking forward to the years to come!”

Anna-Joy Rickard, Director of the Humanitarian Centre, added: “I’m delighted to join the Humanitarian Centre at this exciting stage in its growth, and look forward to building on its successes.”

Find out more about the Birthday Garden Party here.

The Humanitarian Centre is planning two big events for autumn 2011 – the finale of its ICT4D year, which will also be the launch of its report on ICT4D, on 27th September, and the launch of its Global Health year on 21st October. Keep an eye on the website ( to find out more!


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