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The humanitarian situation in Yemen - Humanitarian Exchange Magazine Issue 61

The theme of the 61st edition of Humanitarian Exchange is the humanitarian situation in Yemen. Despite a political transition process, conflict between state and non-state armed actors has exacerbated the country's long-standing humanitarian challenges and restricted access to people in need.

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Ebola: Anticipating challenges and improving patient health and safety measures on makeshift filovirus wards

The current Ebola (filovirus) outbreak in West Africa has focused attention once again on the detection of and response to the disease. By late March some 60 people had died in Guinea – the first recognised outbreak of the virus in the country – with suspected cases reported in neighbouring Sierra Leone and Liberia.

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A new tool in the toolbox: using mobile text for food security surveys in a conflict setting

Primary collection of household food security data is typically both expensive and cumbersome. As a result, decisions on humanitarian assistance are often based on information that is out of date, or on unsatisfactory aggregate proxy indicators. However, thanks to increasingly widespread access to mobile telephony, many survey respondents can now be contacted through their mobile phones, offering the possibility of much cheaper, faster and more timely data collection.

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World + 2 others
Gender-based violence in emergencies - Humanitarian Exchange Magazine Issue 60

The issue highlights that there is a profound lack of agreement among humanitarian practitioners on how to define, prevent and respond to GBV.

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World + 4 others
Humanitarian negotiations - Humanitarian Exchange Magazine Issue 58

A new publication looks at field experiences of undertaking humanitarian negotiations, the challenges and compromises involved and the resources and tools that have been developed.

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Changing approaches to post-disaster shelter

For decades, development and humanitarian architects have stressed the importance of an enabling approach to reconstruction that recognises the central role that affected people play in rebuilding their homes in the wake of disaster. Yet this rhetoric has seldom translated into action, and shelter responses are typified by the provision of inadequate, inappropriate and badly built shelters to a small proportion of the affected population.

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The promise and perils of ‘disaster drones’

The dire humanitarian consequences of the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) in conflict have become all too familiar. In contrast, there has been much less public discussion about the potential humanitarian uses of drones. So-called ‘disaster drones’ offer humanitarian agencies a range of possibilities in relation to crisis mapping, search and rescue and (some way off in the future) cargo transport and relief drops.

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Crisis-mapping and new technologies – harnessing the potential and mitigating unintended consequences

Practical challenges, including methodology concerns and different skill-sets between humanitarian and new technology actors, have grown with potential applications.

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World + 18 others
Managing acute malnutrition at scale - A review of donor and government financing arrangements (Network Paper Issue 75)

Introduction

This review is concerned with the financing arrangements for programmes that address acute malnutrition at scale through the community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM). The CMAM approach is geared towards the early detection, treatment and counselling of moderately and severely acutely malnourished children, in the community, by community agents.

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Response analysis and response choice in food security crises: A roadmap

There was a time not so long ago when response to a food security crisis was based on a limited handful of options, and information and analysis played little role in response planning. Donor resources now support a much broader range of response options than they did a decade ago, requiring more choices on the part of implementing agencies.

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Improving communication between humanitarian aid agencies and crisis-affected people: Lessons from the infoasaid project

The paper highlights lessons learned from the infoasaid project, which sought to improve messaging to, and dialogue with, crisis-affected populations in emergencies.

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Civil–military coordination - Humanitarian Exchange Magazine Issue 56

The special feature of this edition of Humanitarian Exchange, co-edited with Victoria Metcalfe, focuses on issues related to humanitarian civil– military coordination.

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Beyond the 'French Doctors': the evolution and interpretation of humanitarian action in France

Eleanor Davey HPG Working Paper October 2012

This Working Paper provides a review of the French experience of humanitarian action over the twentieth century, and of the Francophone literature about this history. It illustrates the importance of national contexts in shaping ideas and discourses about humanitarian affairs, while also reflecting upon their place in a global history.

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A Humanitarian Blind Spot?

There have been an unprecedented number of both natural and conflict-related disasters in recent years. Much has been learned about how to reduce the risk of disasters and prepare communities to respond and increased attention has been given to protecting vulnerable groups in crisis contexts. There are now numerous case studies and toolkits on gender and humanitarian relief and the body of knowledge is growing on age and disability.

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Remembering the humanitarians

Nine years ago a bomb ripped through the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad killing 22 people including the UN's chief envoy to Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello. Later that same year a series of suicide bombings struck other targets in Baghdad including the International Committee of the Red Cross - the first attack of this kind in the ICRC's history. Since then August 19th has been designated World Humanitarian Day to remind us of those who put themselves at risk to provide humanitarian assistance to people in need.

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Applying conflict sensitivity in emergency response: Current practice and ways forward

How can emergency response be delivered in a more conflict-sensitive manner? To what extent should this be a priority for the sector? What practical tools and approaches have aid agencies used to better understand their contexts of intervention and minimize conflict risks?

As these issues become increasingly prominent in regions of the world as diverse as the Horn of Africa, Afghanistan and Libya, Network Paper 70 offers insights to these pressing questions.

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Humanitarian accountability - Humanitarian Exchange Magazine Issue 52

Humanitarian accountability

Welcome to the new-look Humanitarian Exchange! This edition, coedited with ALNAP’s John Mitchell and Paul Knox-Clarke, is dedicated to accountability in humanitarian action. In their overview article our coeditors reflect on the underlying rationales – both moral and practical – we use to justify our commitments to improving accountability, and whether our understanding of accountability has changed in the decade since the ‘accountability revolution’ last featured in Humanitarian Exchange.