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09 Aug 2017 description
report Tufts University

1. A note from the Dean

July 25, 2017

Dear Friends of the Feinstein International Center:

01 Sep 2010 description
report Tufts University

The Center's scope of work has expanded in 2009-10 while staying focused on the subject matter of marginal communities and crisis. We now have active research ongoing in 14 countries around the world, with some thirty projects linking research to policy and practice change. In Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Afghanistan, our research has had a direct impact on government and independent aid programming, and globally our work with a number of leading NGOs and more generally in promoting notions of professionalism and evidence-driven aid are having impact.

30 Apr 2010 description

By Andy Catley and Alula Iyasu

SUMMARY

This report describes a rapid, combined livelihoods and conflict analysis in Shinile Zone, Somali Region of Ethiopia, conducted in March and April 2010. An underlying question for the analysis was the extent to which aid actors should integrate peace-building and livelihoods programming as part of long-term development strategies for the Zone.

01 Sep 2009 description
report Tufts University

Vision

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.

Contents

Introduction

PART I: Research Programs
Livelihoods and Nutrition of Marginalized People
Darfur: Livelihoods, Vulnerability, and Choice

01 Jul 2008 description
report Tufts University

Humanitarian crises today are not due to one underlying cause but rather to a set of complex issues or an accumulation of adverse trends. As a result, humanitarian action needs to be more broadly defined and reflect a wide, complementary range of interventions.

Responding to humanitarian needs--created by the combined effect of increasing costs of food, high energy prices, increased production of biofuels, climate change, and resulting natural disasters--is currently one of the humanitarian community's greatest challenges.

01 Sep 2007 description
report Tufts University

The year 2006/7 has been one of consolidation for the Feinstein International Center after major changes were implemented in the preceding year.

Our partnerships with African universities and research groups continue, as do those with western aid agencies. We have started a new partnership with Transparency International on a research program into the prevalence and effects of corruption in the humanitarian aid business.

01 Jul 2007 description
report Tufts University

This is paper is the documented presentation mabe by Antonio Donino, Feinstein International Center - Tufts University, at the Global Humanitarian Platform Meeting in Geneva, 11 July 2007.

The presentation deals with three related issues likely to affect the future of the humanitarian enterprise:

- How can we make it "of the world" rather than "of the North"?
- Has it become too institutionalized?
- Are we equipped for the black swans of the future?

01 May 2007 description
report Tufts University

If you want to glimpse the future, first understand the past. Wise advice, yet the business of disaster response is rather obsessed with the present. The urgency of response fueled by short-term, mission-specific funding leaves little room for reflection, yet history can tell us a great deal about why humanitarianism is the way it is today, about how it may change and about how it informs longer term development.

01 Mar 2007 description
report Tufts University

Policy brief delivered March, 2007, in Rome as the keynote address for the International Workshop on the Integrated Food Security and Humanitarian Phase Classification, hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization.

01 Feb 2007 description
report Tufts University

This document is a transcript of a keynote by Antonio Donini, Feinstein International Center, at the ICVA Conference 2007. The document was made on the basis of speaking notes, and is not a prepared text.

The keynote was addressing how compatible UN coherence and humanitarian partnership are.

01 Jul 2005 description
report Tufts University

The tsunami and earthquakes that hit the Indian Ocean 26th December 2004 caused a disaster so extreme and so unusual that it pushed all our models of response to the limit.

The last disaster even close to this magnitude was caused by the eruption of Krakatau in 1883. 36,417 people were killed as a 40 meter high wave descended on Java. The 2004 wave was of similar proportion but the devastation monumentally more. More people, more infrastructure, more connectivity.