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Protection of Humanitarian Action Series: On Speaking Out

Deliberate violence against humanitarian practitioners and operations poses an increasingly critical challenge to the humanitarian sector as humanitarian needs continue to grow in many regions of the world. While maintaining access to populations in need, engaging with communities, and...

Mar 2017
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  • Digital Data Collection: A KoBoToolbox Use Case with Jake Weisenthal

    Jake Weisenthal, Country Director, Semilla Nueva offered HHI an interview to share the challenges and benefits associated with transitioning to digital data collection in rural Guatemala. Interview filmed and produced by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative 2016.

    Feb 2017
    BBR Field Perspectives (Arabic) | Engaging NGOs and local professionals in Eastern Aleppo

    العمل مع المنظمات غير الحكومية والمهنيين المحليين في حلب الشرقية

    إن الدكتور حريري حاصل على درجة الدكتوراه في الطب من كلية الطب، جامعة حلب، ودرجة الماجستير في الجراحة العامة من كلية الطب، جامعة حلب.

    Feb 2017
    Pursuing Accountability in Syria

    After over five years of war in Syria, civilians have not only been frequently caught in the crossfire, but have been intentionally targeted. According to an array of sources, homes, schools, hospitals, places of worship and cultural heritage have been destroyed - in particular...

    Feb 2017
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  • BBR Field Perspectives | Engaging NGOs and local professionals in Eastern Aleppo

    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.

    Dr. Hariri holds a Doctorate of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Aleppo University, and a Master...

    Feb 2017
    Humanitarian Negotiation Series: The Role of Laws and Norms

    What role do humanitarian law and norms play in humanitarian negotiations? Practitioners have diverse array of views: some field workers perceive that the law holds a high level of practical utility in their negotiations, while others have found it to be irrelevant to their work. Indeed,...

    Jan 2017
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  • The Signal Code: A Human Rights Approach to Information During Crisis

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    The Signal Code is the result of a six month study by the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to...

    Jan 2017
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Resilience and Disaster Trends in the Philippines: Opportunities for National and Local Capacity Building

    The Philippines is one of the top countries in the world at risk of climate-related disasters. For populations subsisting at the poverty line in particular, but also the nation as a whole, daily lives and wellbeing are routinely challenged. The Philippines government takes disaster risk...

    Sep 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 | 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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  • 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
    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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  • 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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