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Negotiation with Non-State Armed Groups at the Frontlines

In many of today’s frontline humanitarian environments, access is increasingly difficult to obtain and maintain, and continued engagement with non-state armed actors is an integral aspect of ensuring assistance and protection activities and advocating for compliance with international legal...

Dec 2016
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  • KoboToolbox’s Question Library

    The KoBoToolbox Question Library enables users to create, store, share and re-use validated questions across surveys. This speeds up the process of creating new forms and contributes to the standardization of survey questions.

    For more information, visit...

    Nov 2016
    Data preparedness: connecting data, decision making and humanitarian response

    Signal Program Standards and Ethics Series - Issue 1

    Data are a central component of humanitarian response. Frequently, however, there is a disconnect between data, decision-making and response. Informed decisions need to be made in the first hours and days of an emergency, and if the...

    Nov 2016
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  • Gender Diversity Dynamics in Humanitarian Negotiations: The International Committee of the Red Cross as a Case Study on the Frontlines of Armed Conflicts

    Negotiations for access are crucial for the success of humanitarian operations. They also occur in contexts of armed conflict and violence that typically entrench gender identities. Building on the vast research showing that gender affects the conduct and outcome of negotiations, this...

    Nov 2016
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  • Humanitarian Negotiation Series: Gender and Diversity

    Personal relationships and trust-building constitute critical dimensions of frontline humanitarian negotiations. In order to operate effectively, in many contexts, humanitarian organizations must first ensure that they are accepted by the parties to a conflict, and establish and maintain an...

    Nov 2016
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  • Practitioner Profile | Jennifer Schirmer Part II

    On August 24, 2016 the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, commonly referred to as the FARC, signed a peace deal after 52 years of internal conflict. This peace deal marks a potential end to the over half century of violence that has killed over 220,000...

    Nov 2016
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  • Practitioner Profile | Roxanne Krystalli

    The Colombian government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) recently signed peace accords bringing an end to 52 years of violent conflict. For his efforts to negotiate and conclude the peace deal, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize on...

    Nov 2016
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  • Declaration from Academic Humanitarian Training Centers on Syria

    Given the current humanitarian crisis in Syria where patients, healthcare workers, and hospitals are under attack, we the undersigned, without presumption of authority or judgment, stand in solidarity with our healthcare colleagues and declare their right to international health neutrality. For...

    Oct 2016
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  • Humanitarian Negotiation Series: Protection of Medical Personnel and Operations at the Frontlines

    Recent high-profile attacks on humanitarian professionals and operations in Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq, among others, call attention to the growing vulnerabilities of humanitarian staff and medical operations at the frontlines. These attacks endanger lives, violate international humanitarian...

    Oct 2016
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  • Protecting Humanitarian Action: Key Challenges and Lessons from the Field

    This paper presents an overview of key challenges and dilemmas faced in the protection of humanitarian action and aims to provide an initial overview of the legal, policy, and operational trends and issues identified by ATHA through its ongoing research and discussions with practitioners....

    Oct 2016
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  • Implications of Applying IHL to Low-Intensity Conflict: From Internal Disturbance to Armed Conflict

    Humanitarian actors increasingly find themselves in contexts where the application of the norms and concepts of international humanitarian law (IHL) is contested. In particular, those working in possible situations of non-international armed conflict are often faced with the fact that it can be...

    Sep 2016
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  • Practitioner Profile | Jennifer Schirmer

    On August 24, 2016 the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, commonly referred to as the FARC, signed a peace deal after 52 years of internal conflict. This peace deal marks a potential end to the over half century of violence that has killed over 220,000...

    Sep 2016
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  • Practitioner Profile | Sareta Ashraph

    In this practitioner profile, ATHA is joined by Sareta Ashraph, Chief Analyst on the Commission of Inquiry on the Syria crisis since May 2012. The Commission was established by the UN Human Rights Council in August 2011 to investigate and...

    Aug 2016
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  • Stigmatisation and rejection of survivors of sexual violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Studies report that between 6 per cent and 29 per cent of survivors of sexual violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are rejected by their families and communities. This research project was designed to provide insights into survivors' experiences of stigmatisation and...

    Jul 2016
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  • HarvardX Course: Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster

    A trailer video for the course can be found here. 

    From the Syrian refugee crisis to the West Africa Ebola outbreak, humanitarian emergencies have reached unprecedented dimensions and proportions. As need for...

    Jul 2016 Link
    Humanitarian Needs Assessment Training

    The Humanitarian Needs Assessment E-learning program is designed to provide an overview of the Humanitarian Needs Assessment process. The process can look very different depending on the scale of a disaster, the role of humanitarian organizations involved and the resources available to any...

    Jun 2016 Link
    The World Humanitarian Summit: Outcomes and Reflections

    The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) convened 9,000 representatives from humanitarian agencies, governments, crisis-affected communities, and the private sector. Driven by a consensus that the current humanitarian system is unable to cope with the intensifying needs of populations affected by...

    Jun 2016
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  • Practitioner Profile | Dr. Jemilah Mahmood
    The World Humanitarian Summit, held in Istanbul on May 23-24, 2016, was guided by a framework articulated by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s “Agenda for Humanity,” focusing on areas such as preventing and ending conflicts, enhancing promotion of community resilience, proactive emergency...
    Jun 2016
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  • Politics of Aid in Ukraine

    Two years of conflict in the Donbas region of Ukraine has continued to intensify since early March of this year. An estimated 3.1 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, particularly in terms of protection, unimpeded access of humanitarian agencies, continuous supply of water,...

    May 2016
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  • A quick tour of KoBoToolbox

    KoBoToolbox is a free and open source platform to collect data, developed by field researchers, evaluators and humanitarians, with the support of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, UNOCHA, the MacArthur foundation and other generous donors.

    KoBoToolbox was designed to...

    May 2016
    OCHA Think Brief: Building Data Responsibility into Humanitarian Action

    Building data responsibility into humanitarian action is the first UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs think brief to explore what constitutes the responsible use of data in humanitarian response. It was co written by the Signal Program, NYU Gov Lab and the Center for Innovation...

    May 2016
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  • The Role of Humanitarian Professionals in Promoting Respect for IHL

    Amidst recurring violations of international humanitarian law (IHL), strengthening compliance with these international norms is indispensable to the protection of civilians in armed conflict. While improvements in accountability have been brought over recent decades to the international...

    May 2016
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  • "Regulating 'Drugs Wars' and Other Gray Zone Conflicts: Formal and Functional Approaches," Humanitarian Action in Situations Other Than Way, Discussion Paper 2

    Academic debate on whether so-called “drug wars” can be classified as “armed conflicts” is more than just semantic. Indeed, the official designation of a situation as an armed conflict carries with it attendant rights and obligations applicable to states and non-state actors alike. The legal...

    Mar 2016
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  • The Typhoon Haiyan Response: Strengthening Coordination among Philippine Government, Civil Society, and International Actors

    Typhoon Haiyan devastated the central Philippines in November 2013, claiming more than 6,300 lives, displacing more than 4 million people, and disrupting the economy and livelihoods in some of the country’s poorest regions for years to come.

    The Haiyan response has been held up as a...

    Mar 2016
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  • BBR Field Perspectives | Training and Humanitarian Action

    Building a Better Response: Field Perspectives is a video interview series highlighting the views of various humanitarian practitioners on the current and future state of humanitarian system.

    Claire Messina is the Senior Coordinator of the Humanitarian Leadership...

    Mar 2016

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