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Martin Damary
Wednesday, 6 November 2013
We all know that humanitarian workers are meant to be neutral and impartial. But this is not so easy as it would appear: we all carry around our philosophical, our ethical, our sociological, and our linguistic baggage. In addition, what we witness in the field will necessarily impact us. And so it...
Marco Sassòli
Tuesday, 5 November 2013
Recent refusals (or restrictions for all practical purposes equivalent to refusals) in Syria and Sudan have reminded us of a problem humanitarian actors are often confronted with: they want to deliver humanitarian assistance, persons are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance, but the...
Laurent Saillard
Monday, 4 November 2013
Much has been written about aid delivery in conflict-affected environments, with particular areas of concern being the shrinking humanitarian space, civil-military interaction, and the blurring of lines between humanitarian and military interventions. In 2009 and 2010 I was the director of ACBAR, a...
Chris Piper
Friday, 18 October 2013
The current humanitarian situation engulfing Syria and surrounding countries is an incredibly complex situation and, in evaluating it, localized information and understanding is central. However, in understanding such significant emergencies, there is also a role for generalizable frameworks. In...
Shafqat Munir
Monday, 16 September 2013
In debates on the role of the media in times of conflict and humanitarian crises, peace analysts have highlighted their contribution to diffusing tension, preventing or moderating conflicts, and bringing peace. The broadcast, print, social, and other media can play a significant positive role...