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19 Nov 2018 description

by Yves Daccord
19 November 2018

When humanitarians take stock of the lessons of 2018 and the priorities going forward, there will surely be unanimity on at least one point: the ‘humanitarian #MeToo’ crisis that erupted following media revelations about the conduct of some Oxfam staff in Haiti in February has shaken the sector to its core.

08 Nov 2018 description

by JC Gaillard and Ilan Kelman

Inclusive warning systems

Warning systems for hazards used to be assumed to be top-down: supply technology, data and messages, and then connect to the people affected as the ‘last mile’ of the warning system. Yet lessons from past decades+ alongside recent work+ explain why bringing in affected people last creates problems. Instead, warning systems need to be inclusive from the beginning.

19 Jul 2018 description

by Kelsey Hoppe and Christine Williamson

In part one of this two-part article, Kelsey Hoppe, CEO of Safer Edge, a UK-based security risk advisory company, and Christine Williamson, director and founder of Duty of Care International and an HR and duty of care specialist, discussed the prevention side of safeguarding. In this article, they continue their discussion with a look at safeguarding responses.

12 Jul 2018 description

by Paul Currion

We are all aware of how much the world has changed since the advent of the Internet, and most of us have experienced that singular moment of recognition when we suddenly realise that the assumptions that we previously relied on in our personal and professional lives no longer hold. For me that moment was 26 July 2007, when I read an article in The Economist entitled ‘Flood, famine and mobile phones’. The article opened with a startling message from a refugee:

12 Jul 2018 description

by Marc DuBois

Critical analysis of the international humanitarian aid system has arrived at the conclusion that it is time to let go of power; it is time to rethink humanitarian crisis response and allow a transformation it has simultaneously coveted and stifled. But if not the present system, then what? And how do we get from here to there? This paper confronts these questions as part of HPG’s research project on ‘Constructive Deconstruction: Rethinking the Humanitarian Architecture’.

05 Jul 2018 description

by M. Claire Greene, Samuel L. Likindikoki, Jessie K. K. Mbwambo and Wietse A. Tol July 2018

09 Jun 2018 description

Humanitarian crises are increasingly affecting urban areas either directly, through civil conflict, hazards such as flooding or earthquakes, urban violence or outbreaks of disease, or indirectly, through hosting people fleeing these threats. The humanitarian sector has been slow to understand how the challenges and opportunities of working in urban spaces necessitate changes in how they operate. For agencies used to working in rural contexts, the dynamism of the city, with its reliance on markets, complex systems and intricate logistics, can be a daunting challenge.

27 Mar 2018 description

by Jonathan Parkinson, Tim Forster and Esther Shaylor

March 2018

27 Mar 2018 description

by John Twigg and Irina Mosel

March 2018

06 Dec 2017 description

by John Borton and Sarah Collinson

For years nationals from outside the European Union (EU) have sought to enter the EU by irregular means, outside the regulatory norms of sending, transit and receiving countries. Since early 2015, however, the number of refugees and migrants entering (and trying to enter) the EU irregularly has increased dramatically, presenting the EU and its member states with profound organisational and political challenges and confronting the formal humanitarian sector with tests that it has struggled, and often failed, to meet.

16 Mar 2017 description

By Catherine Simonet, Eva Comba and Emily Wilkinson

This working paper provides an analysis of economic resilience at the national level, presenting a broad picture of changes in resilience to climate extremes over a 42 year period. It focuses on 12 countries in the Sahel, East Africa and Asia that are part of the UK Government funded resilience programme Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED).

29 Dec 2016 description

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.