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.
by Sophie Feintuch
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.
Advancing a collective model for communication and community engagement: lessons from the Rohingya response
by Margie Buchanan-Smith and Marian Casey-Maslen
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.
by Tahir Zaman
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:
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’.
by Christian Bennett
by M. Claire Greene, Samuel L. Likindikoki, Jessie K. K. Mbwambo and Wietse A. Tol July 2018
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.
by Caitlin Wake
by Alyoscia D’Onofrio
by Leah Campbell
by Jonathan Parkinson, Tim Forster and Esther Shaylor
by John Twigg and Irina Mosel
by Estella Carpi and Camillo Boano
By Liz Holey and Barbara Rau
As part of the response to severe drought in Zimbabwe in 2015–17, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) provided funding to CARE (partnering with World Vision and two mobile network operators) to carry out a humanitarian cash transfer project to meet basic food needs for 400,000 people across 15 districts. Alongside the cash programme, the largest-ever in Zimbabwe, DFID designed and commissioned a market support mechanism to pay for commercial imports of maize.