New Panel Member Nominations

Dear Members,
When accountability reports are submitted, they are vetted by our esteemed Independent Review Panel. To ensure the continuity of this Panel and to balance the increased workload, the Charter Secretariat has nominated the following two candidates who have applied via an open recruitment process:

1)    Nora Lester Murad (Palestine)

Co-founder of Dalia Association and Aid Watch Palestine

Originally from the US, Nora Lester Murad is an independent researcher/consultant living in East Jerusalem. She works with Palestinian CSOs, ICSOs, and multilateral organisations doing participatory research, strategic planning, community development, organisational change, donor communications, Community Based Organisations (CBOs) capacity assessments, impact evaluations, fundraising, and other projects. Her research interests are issues of dependence on international aid, participatory processes, and patriarchy.

Nora has a Ph.D. from Fielding Graduate Institute focused on social change and structural inequality; an M.A. in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University, with an emphasis in conflict management and training; and a B.A. in Middle East Studies from UCLA during which she studied at the American University in Cairo (1983-4) and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1984-5). Before moving to Palestine, she was assistant professor of cross-cultural understanding at Bentley College in Massachusetts, and she had a thriving consulting practice serving community groups, hospitals, grant-makers, government agencies and corporations. During 1987-1993, she was the US coordinator of the Cambridge-Ramallah/El-Bireh Sister City Campaign.

She is also the founder of Dalia Association, the first Palestinian community foundation, which I directed from 2006 to 2010. You can find more information on her personal blog.

2)    Mihir Bhatt (India)

Director of the All India Disaster Mitigation Institute

Mihir Bhatt directs the All India Disaster Mitigation Institute, which he founded in 1989. Bhatt has also pushed for “beneficiary feedback” on the performance of NGO and UN humanitarian agencies through his evaluations of the Disaster Emergency Committee’s response to the 2001 earthquake in Gujarat, India, and to the recovery following the 2004 South Asian tsunami. He has been evaluating the humanitarian work of both UN and international nongovernmental agencies on tsunami relief and rehabilitation activities in coastal areas of South India, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia, as well as disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation projects in Asia and the Pacific.

Bhatt has received the Russell E. Train Institutional Fellowship from the World Wildlife Fund (1997) for building, from the bottom up, an action-focused research institution focused on a global issue – risk reduction – in the South, the Eisenhower Fellowship (2000), the Ashoka International Fellowship (2004), and the fellowship of the FXB Center for Health & Human Rights at Harvard University.

Bhatt received a master’s degree in city planning for developing areas from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987 and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning in India in 1989.

Any Member, which objects to the nomination of this candidate for Panel membership, must inform the Secretariat of this fact until 30 June 2016. The Board shall take due account of any reasoned objections raised.

The decision for the appointment of the new Panel members will then be taken at the next Board meeting on 21 June 2016 (with the provision of no objections until the 30 days have passed, i.e. by 30 June 2016).

Your Charter Secretariat