Podcast: Examining Today’s Humanitarian Crises and Organizations

On a recent podcast episode of UVA Speaks, Kirsten Gelsdorf, professor of practice of public policy at the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, talks about humanitarian crises today and shares that 1 in 29 people in the world needs assistance. Gelsdorf explains that humanitarian organizations must leverage information, advocacy, and assessment to deliver aid and services to meet that overwhelming need. As a professor at the Batten School, Gelsdorf leads her students through case studies that highlight the broad spectrum of activities and organizations meeting critical needs across the globe. Then, as a result of this scholarship, she and her students develop research and policy to inform real-time humanitarian solutions.