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21 Jan 2014 description

In 2013, a climate of insecurity persists in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), despite the presence of the United Nations’ (UN) largest peacekeeping mission, MONUSCO.[i] DRC’s recent past saw armed groups mushrooming and successively challenging the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC). In vast, contested areas, territory repeatedly changes hands and the region remains marked by recurring changes in alliances between armed groups as well as their continued re-configuration and (re-)emergence.

05 Oct 2007 description


This paper will explore how the Protection Cluster, as part of the new United Nations led cluster approach in emergency environments, can serve to implement the international community's responsibility to protect civilians in the field and will make a policy recommendation to ensure the international community is better able to carry this responsibility out and fulfill it.

31 May 2007 description

By Sarah Bailey

Introduction: The framework for Cash & Voucher interventions

The appropriateness of cash and voucher-based interventions has become an increasingly discussed topic in the field of humanitarian assistance. Practitioners conventionally support the direct distribution of food, non-food, and agricultural commodities to meet the immediate emergency and recovery needs of households and communities impacted by natural or man-made disasters.

28 Oct 2002 description

Koen Vlassenroot & Hans Romkema [1]
1. Introduction

08 Apr 2002 description

Sreeram S. Chaulia*
"The whole of eastern Zaire was an impossible mission. There were many mistakes, but I still don't know what we should have done differently, as humanitarians or human beings"
Kilian Kleinschmidt, UNHCR Official [1]


16 Jun 1999 description

Although southern Africa is relatively less affected by refugee movements than central Africa, the impact of refugees on southern African societies and the increasing retreat of southern African governments from their responsibilities towards refugees, are causes for concern, argues James Schneider.

15 Feb 1998 description

Operation Assurance: The Greatest Intervention That Never Happened

© Simon Massey

African Studies Centre, Coventry University