The Humanitarian Agenda 2015 project of the Feinstein International Center undertook field research in September 2008 and August 2009 to examine the humanitarian situation in Georgia, South Ossetia, and Abkhazia and the responses to it. The research was prompted by renewed fighting over South Ossetia in August 2008 and was informed by the author's extensive previous research in the region.
We have a vision of a future in which famine, widespread violations of human rights, extreme suffering, and crimes against humanity are held to be self-evidently unacceptable by states and their peoples. A vision in which nation states, and the international community, in all its manifestations, feel duty-bound to act - and do act - to prevent and alleviate such abuses.
PART I: Research Programs
Livelihoods and Nutrition of Marginalized People
Darfur: Livelihoods, Vulnerability, and Choice
The Darfur conflict is now in its sixth year, and has drawn in a complex web of local, national, and transnational interests, which play out in different types of inter-connected conflict throughout the region. From the start of the conflict in 2003, protection threats and restricted access have been major challenges to the humanitarian community. Since then the level of insecurity, the numbers affected, and degree of humanitarian access have evolved and changed.
From 2006-2008, we researched the role played by migration and remittances in the livelihoods of conflict-affected people in Darfur, focusing on the changes and adaptations in two urban centers, between 2003 and the present. We conducted two case studies using surveys and qualitative research. The first was of the five IDP camps outside the town of Zalingei (West Darfur), and took place in November-December, 2006. The second was of both IDPs and residents in the town of Kebkabiya in North Darfur, in June 2007. This report is in two parts.