Dr Adriana A. Stibral

Dr Adriana A. Stibral

Adriana is engaged in teaching, training and research in the field of Humanitarian Studies. She completed work placements in academia and the aid sector in Europe, USA, Africa, Australia & Middle East


  • Great to hear Pauline!

  • Thanks for this example from your local context; much appreciated!

  • @minalib Hi Mina, many thanks for your interest in this course and joining the discussions; much appreciated!

  • @ShadenAlmutairi Thanks so much for all your comments and being so engaged!

  • Hi Shaden, that's great to hear, thank you for this positive feedback.

  • Excellent to hear!

  • @paulineWoodcock Hi Pauline, thank you for all your comments. Could you please share why climate action is most important to you?

  • Hi Shaden, excellent points and reflections; many thanks for sharing those with us; much appreciated!

  • Thank you for sharing your reflections and personal experiences with us, Mercy! Much appreciated!

  • Many thanks for sharing your experiences from Kenya - very interesting!

  • Many thanks for your reflections and points, Nkoyo; much appreciated!

  • Thanks Lachlan. Who are usually the first responders on the ground in Australia when there are emergencies like bushfires or floodings? The State Emergency Services? The Red Cross? Local organisations, police and fire (rescue) services?

  • Hi Lachlan, thanks for your post. I would urge caution when it comes to militaries delivering humanitarian aid or being perceived as a potential humanitarian actor. Militaries are not humanitarian aid organisations and have a very different mandate and mission objective compared to humanitarian (and development) agencies. Militaries use force (humanitarians…

  • @LachlanB Hi Lachlan, thanks for sharing and it’s perfectly fine not to disclose the name of your organisation. Are you currently based on the ground (front-line staff) or do you support the agency/staff from the headquarters or in other ways? Thanks for joining this course! We look forward to hearing more from you and the work you do!

  • @MercyOnyango Welcome to the course Mercy and thanks so much for joining us. Your background sounds interesting and like Nkoyo we look forward to hearing more about and from you.

  • @FredrikDahl That's excellent to hear, Fredrik. Good to hear you are enjoying the course so far.

  • Hi Trish! Welcome to the course and thanks so much for joining us! Your background sounds interesting and I am sure you have a lot to offer to disaster response and the discussions in this course!

  • Good points, Trish! Australia is increasingly facing emergencies in its country (bushfires, heavy floodings, rainfalls, etc.) which causes damage and displacement of people. It would be interesting to understand the national and state disaster response mechanisms in Australia and which agencies are the first on the ground (I imagine State Emergency Services…

  • Good points, Trish. There are many people who are engaged in humanitarian aid work and considered as ‘silent heroes’ from whom we hear and know little.

  • Hi Anne, that's great to hear. Thank you for this feedback and your reflections.

  • @NkoyoUmoh Hi Nkoyu, many thanks for your post and introducing yourself to fellow learners. Your background sounds very interesting! Thanks so much for joining this course; we hope to hear more about your work and expertise!

  • @NkoyoUmoh Hi Nkoyu, I was saddened to read your post, imagining that there are quite large gender inequalities. Is the government, are NGOs, local organisations, the society doing anything to change current practices and views on gender norms?

  • Excellent points, thank you Janet!

  • @AnneG Thanks for the introduction, Anne and welcome to the course!

  • Thanks so much for joining us!

  • @thaliallalla Thanks Thalia and welcome to the course!

  • @GoodnessJames Hi Goodness James, thanks for joining us in this course. We hope you learn something new and engage in discussions! Best wishes from Melbourne, Australia!

  • Good points, many thanks for sharing!

  • Thanks for sharing this example, Cameron!

  • Thank you for the positive feedback, Arthus and thanks for your comments and contributions!

  • Welcome to the course, Maximilien and thanks so much for joining us!

  • Good points, Maximilien!

  • To all new learners,

    If you haven't already done so, please briefly introduce yourself to fellow learners and let us know why you have decided to join this course.

    How do you define a crisis?

  • Thanks so much for joining us!

  • @MuriyamAli Good points, Muriyam! The course is designed in a way that learners chose their own pace and can complete learning steps in their own time. Don't feel obliged to respond to every comment; however, I suggest engaging with other learners and ask questions when you need to. We hope you'll enjoy the course!

  • @ArthusLeBerre That's excellent to hear Arthus!

  • Many thanks for those examples, Bamdad. I would argue that Amnesty International is not a humanitarian aid organisation but does human right work and advocates for human rights (so, a non-for-profit, human rights organisation). The United Nations (UN) is an international organisatation (but not a humanitarian organisation) - the UN however does have…

  • You raise important points regarding the ‘how to’ deliver humanitarian assistance based on the fundamental humanitarian principles (humanity, impartiality, independence and neutrality). This concept is also referred to as ‘principled humanitarian aid/action’.

  • Thank you; and also independence. Those four principles are considered as the fundamental humanitarian principles, and they have been adopted by UN General Assembly resolutions.

  • @FerdinandBalino Mant thanks for providing those examples; much appreciated!

  • @FerdinandBalino Interesting point, Ferdinand. What about human rights, freedom and peace in a country? Can and should development predominantly be measured with regard to economic growth of a country?

  • Which other elements would you include into the HDI to measure the levels of 'development' of a country?