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18 Sep 2018 description

En mai 2016, le Sommet humanitaire mondial a appelé à un changement dans la gestion, la planification et la mise en œuvre de l’action humanitaire. Dans son rapport Une seule humanité, des responsabilités partagées 1 , en amont de ce sommet, le Secrétaire général des Nations unies a lancé un appel mondial afin de « changer la vie des gens : passer de la fourniture de l’aide à la fin des besoins ».

18 Jul 2018 description

Groupe URD 2017 Annual Report

As I take up my pen to write this President’s Report, my thoughts turn to Claire Pirotte, co-founder of Groupe URD, asking me to stand as President of Groupe URD in July 2017 so that she could face Death, which would finally get the better of her in early 2018. A socially committed and generous woman, she left behind a Groupe URD that is active in all the major crisis contexts in the world, and puts all its energy into bringing a little creative reflection to them.

25 Jan 2018 description


Depuis le début des années 2010, la couverture médiatique et l’évocation de chiffres record en matière de migrations peuvent donner l’impression que le franchissement des frontières par des migrants, des demandeurs d’asile et des réfugiés constitue un phénomène exceptionnel qui pourrait devenir hors de contrôle, notamment en Europe.

11 Jan 2018 description


François Grünewald and Véronique de Geoffroy

11 Jan 2018 description

Kirsten Hagon

In the Grand Bargain, donors and international humanitarian actors (UN Agencies, INGOs, IFRC and ICRC) recognized that:

National and local responders comprising governments, communities, Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies and local civil society are often the first to respond to crises, remaining in the communities they serve before, after and during emergencies.

They committed to…

26 Oct 2017 description

Final Report Wednesday July 26th 2017

Evaluation of Sigmah, open source information management software for international aid projects

Report of the evaluation carried out by SimLab of the Sigmah project.

03 Aug 2017 description

At the last meeting of the Humanitarian Environment Network last June, the members discussed ecological cookers and Bolivia Inti Sud Soleil presented a number of cooking stoves that they use in development and emergency contexts (solar cookers and rocket stoves) and the issues at stake in programmes of this kind. The next meeting of the Humanitarian Environment Network will be held in MDM’s offices in Paris on 2 October.

03 Aug 2017 description


Humanitarian crises can have a significant impact on natural resources, notably on forestry resources.
Traditional stoves, known as “3-stone stoves” are still widely used in developing countries and in humanitarian contexts. However, they have a number of negative impacts on users, programs and the environment. It is estimated that only about 10% of the wood that is burned in 3-stone stoves contributes to the cooking, while the rest is lost in the form of smoke and heat.

03 Aug 2017 description

En 1997, le Groupe URD s’institutionnalisait et faisait le pari qu’il était possible d’installer le premier think tank français de l’humanitaire dans une ferme en Drôme provençale. Pari gagné, comme vous pourrez le voir dans ce rapport d’activité. Cette année 2016 a été celle du premier Sommet humanitaire mondial, occasion pour le Groupe URD de porter au plus haut niveau les propositions qu’il développe depuis plus de 20 ans et de jouer un rôle actif à différents niveaux.

03 Aug 2017 description

In 1997, Groupe URD became an official organisation and embarked on the journey to establish the first French humanitarian think tank in a farm in the South of France. It was quite a gamble, but as can be seen in the 2016 Annual Report, it paid off. 2016 was the year of the first World Humanitarian Summit.

07 Jul 2017 description

This handbook is designed to encourage thinking and provide insights and ideas about how to design well-integrated, step-by-step actions and strategies to foster resilience at the local level. The handbook aims to support students and young professionals in their Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation and Poverty Reduction related work and secondly to acquaint policymakers involved in these three domains with the integration issue and help them to take a resilience 2.0 approach into their (present or future) daily work.

02 Jun 2017 description

The term ‘localisation’ has become the buzzword of 2017, a subject that has taken on a new dimension due to the commitments made as part of the Grand Bargain1 agreed at the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016.

International actors are paying more attention to the role of local and national organisations while national actors want to play a bigger role in humanitarian response and be recognised as major players in first line response.

22 Nov 2016 description


With the UN Secretary General’s report on the World Humanitarian Summit due to be published at the next UN General Assembly in New York, this issue of HEM continues to explore new areas for the sector to explore, following on from our last issue on the WHS.

08 Aug 2016 description

Bilan et leçons du séisme au Népal, lancement des versions française et espagnole du CHS, fin des différentes missions d’accompagnement des ONG de l’Observatoire en Haïti, qui a fermé ses portes en 2015, participation aux travaux préparatoires du Sommet humanitaire mondial, implication aux côtés des institutions françaises et européennes dans des thématiques telles que l’environnement, la gestion des risques et catastrophes, le lien urgence-développement, etc. : petit aperçu d’une riche année 2015 pour le Groupe URD.

04 Aug 2016 description

Looking back at an eventful year, our Annual Report for 2015 covers areas such as: the results and lessons learned from the response to the Nepal earthquake; the launch of the French and Spanish versions of the CHS; the end of the different NGO support projects by the Haiti Observatory, which closed in 2015; the preparations for the World Humanitarian Summit; and work carried out with French and European institutions on topics such as the environment, risk and disaster management and LRRD.

06 Nov 2015 description

Executive Summary

Linking evidence-based information to decision-making is crucial in humanitarian aid to ensure the effective and efficient use of limited resources. This is even more important due to the growing gap between the amount of funding being requested for humanitarian aid and the finances available.