John Tipper reviews the challenges of choosing how to respond to difficult humanitarian situations and outlines two different frameworks for action: classical and naturalistic decision making. The article concludes with an exercise to illustrate how relief workers can build up experience in making difficult decisions in situations where not all the information is available and every option has drawbacks.
by Katherine Haver
by Heaven Crawley
by John Borton
by Angélique Muller and Michaël Neuman
by Pam DeLargy
by Abby Stoddard, Adele Harmer, and Katherine Haver
by Paul Currion
At the end of 2015 I stepped down from the Grants Advisory Panel of the Humanitarian Innovation Fund. The Panel needed fresh eyes: after four years and nine rounds of grant applications, a sense of déjà vu had started to settle upon me. One of the last things the HIF asked me to do was to participate in a one-day Humanitarian Innovation conference in June 2015. I was asked to talk about my own experiences in innovation – and it was at that point that I realised that I’d never really talked about those experiences.
by Eric James and Laura James
by Caetano Dorea
by Josiah Kaplan and Evan Easton-Calabria
by Andrew Schroeder and Patrick Meier
by Rahel Dette and Julia Steets
by Nathaniel A. Raymond and Casey S. Harrity
by Kim Scriven
The issue of innovation in humanitarian response has risen up the humanitarian policy agenda with remarkable speed. Recent years have seen a flurry of new initiatives to promote innovation within and across organisations, new collaborations and increased investment in developing and testing innovations at the operational level. As more of these initiatives and projects reach some form of maturity, this is an opportune time to reflect on the implications of the rise of innovation more broadly.
by Sara McHattie and Anne-Sophie Laenkholm
What is integrated programming?
by Yves Daccord
A new approach to risk in favour of crisis-affected people
Humanitarians have been doing a lot of soul-searching lately – and a certain amount of handwringing. Practitioners, policy-makers and academics alike are worried about the future of humanitarian response and whether or not it will be fit for purpose in a dramatically changing landscape.
by John Borton, Norah Niland and Fotini Rantsiou
A summary report of a roundtable meeting on the humanitarian and policy responses to the 2015 refugee and migrant movements through Lesvos, Greece and into the European Union.
Good Practice Review launch
Coinciding with the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR2015) on 13th October 2015, Dr John Twigg launched his revised edition of the Good Practice Review (GPR) for Disaster Risk Reduction microsite, with the support of the Humanitarian Practice Network (HPN).
Although national institutions and local organisations can help improve humanitarian responses to particular crises, they have often been kept at arm's length by the international humanitarian community.
For example, national NGOs currently only receive 1.6% of international humanitarian funding, according to the Financial Tracking Service. Where local aid agencies are drawn upon, it is often as sub-contractors for international NGOs.