1. A note from the Dean
July 25, 2017
Dear Friends of the Feinstein International Center:
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.
By Andy Catley and Alula Iyasu
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
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.