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04 Dec 2012 description

A recent paper — “Characteristics of the Colombian armed conflict and the mental health of civilians living in active conflict zones” — published in the journal, Conflict and Health, provides a valuable analysis of the effect of armed conflict on mental health. The paper uses clinical data provided by Médicins Sans Frontières (MSF) to test, as the paper states, “the prediction that more severe exposure to conflict violence would be associated with more serious psychopathy.”

01 Jun 2012 description

From April 11 to May 8, 2012, the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) at Harvard University conducted a baseline survey on the humanitarian community’s use of social media. HPCR presented the survey results during a Live Web Seminar on May 10, 2012. This blog post examines some key findings of the survey in more detail.

11 May 2012 description

The recent increase in social media use across the world has enabled individuals to connect with one another through new and dynamic communication pathways. These platforms — including Twitter, Facebook, and other media-sharing networks — are also significantly affecting crisis response and humanitarian policy. The particularly acute rise in social media use in disaster-affected areas underscores the relevance of social media to humanitarian action.

10 May 2012 description

[Editor's Note: In its efforts to enrich professional dialogue on contemporary challenges of humanitarian law and policy, the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) at Harvard University invites experts in international humanitarian law, humanitarian action, and associated fields to contribute their insights to relevant discussions. HPCR is pleased to welcome the contribution below from Mr. Jason Cone, Communications Director at Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

17 Apr 2012 description

HPCR Draft Working Paper by Rob Grace and Claude Bruderlein

This Working Paper presents HPCR’s research to date on dilemmas faced by international actors engaged in the creation and implementation of monitoring, reporting, and fact-­finding (MRF) mechanisms. This Working Paper aims to provide HPCR’s analysis of the current state of MRF missions and to suggest key areas for future research and policy engagement.

05 Mar 2012 description

The growing professionalization of the humanitarian sector and the corresponding “accountability deficit” in relief interventions has been the subject of on-going dialogue among international aid agencies and humanitarian professionals. Numerous recent initiatives — such as the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP), the Sphere Project, and the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP) — are devoted to increasing accountability standards and practices.