A Christmas Message from Michel Maietta


As we approach the end of 2018, I wanted to congratulate my team for all the achievements this year and share with you a roundup of all the year’s activities.

The past 12 months have been a particularly busy time for us here at the IARAN. We have provided a scenario analysis on the drivers of social exclusion in our LGBTI report, identified what is preventing a unifying nutritional policy in India and examined how external global trends deliver opportunities for people affected by crisis to engage in the decision-making process.

Those are the just the reports we’ve published this year. We have also been busy spreading the IARAN name and message by joining panels at prestigious conferences such as Kampala Geopolitics, the Canadian Council for International Cooperation and most recently ForumsFutures, just last month. Furthermore, over the summer we launched our successful ‘Fellowship Programme’, which provides a collaborative learning space for humanitarian colleagues across the sector to share learnings and experiences, to help inform their own work. Keep your eyes peeled for some fascinating names in 2019.

As we look ahead to 2019, you’ll notice a slight change to the way that we describe ourselves and our work. If you’ve followed our journey since the very beginning, you’ll be aware that we started as an initiative within IRIS where we built our toolkit and our rigorous approach to foresight, before piloting this service at the Humanitarian Affairs Unit within Save the Children International, back in 2013. Two years later, we took the lessons learnt from the test phase and moved to pilot our services to Action Against Hunger, which has remained our home, and one of our biggest supporters since 2015. However, after three successful years, we have decided to evolve once again, in order to remain dynamic and editorially autonomous – what the IARAN has become known for.

From 2019, we will employ a horizontal structure based on our Fellowship Programme. This will provide us with greater freedom and allow us to better represent the perspectives of all humanitarian actors within our work. We are immensely proud of our journey and we will take with us all of the experiences learnt throughout the years, in order to serve the wider sector more effectively.

I can already feel that 2019 is going to be IARAN’s year. We’ll start the year by collaborating with the Cash Learning Partnership, helping them to establish the growth of financial assistance and prepare for future trends and challenges that could occur to this service in 2030. We also have some exciting plans for growing our new ‘Creative Hub’ with a documentary series on our LGBTI report and From Voices to Choices all in the pipeline. Make sure you follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for future updates.

Until next year, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Michel Maietta

IARAN Facilitator