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Maereg Tafere
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
When I contemplated writing on knowledge management (KM), an article by Alan Fowler from 1997 came to mind: An almost universal weakness of NGOs is found within their often limited capacity to learn, adapt and continuously improve the quality of what they do. This is a serious concern because...
Soledad Herrero
Tuesday, 11 February 2014
On June 2012, after months of negotiations, the UN and the Government of Syria agreed on a humanitarian plan. Subsequent statements show the bittersweet feelings that the outcomes of the negotiations left. “Comfortable or not comfortable, we simply have to accept the situation, and live with...
Sophie Delaunay
Monday, 10 February 2014
Co-authors: Andres Romero & Mary Vonckx The objective of medical humanitarian action is to alleviate the suffering of people who are the direct victims of violence or otherwise neglected, discriminated against, or targeted by political power, whether in the form of a government or other...
Elena Lucchi
Monday, 13 January 2014
Military and political strategists are becoming more aware of the role that fragile cities play in low- and medium-intensity violence and humanitarian emergencies,1 yet the response of humanitarian actors in programmatic terms remains gradual and incremental.2 This article presents some key issues...
Marco Rotelli
Sunday, 5 January 2014
While being denied or granted only limited access in most of Somalia remains a reality, the UN integrated missions’ approach risks compromising the principle of impartiality of humanitarian action. Within this framework, humanitarian organizations are also confronted with dilemmas of engagement...