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Syrian Refugee Response: Evolving Protection Challenges

The Syrian refugee crisis represents one of the greatest humanitarian challenges the international community has faced over recent years, prompting record-high levels of international assistance and programming. The ongoing conflict has generated the displacement of over two million...

May 2014
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  • Talking Peace: A Population-Based Survey on Attitudes about Security, Dispute Resolution, and Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Liberia

    Liberia has made progress in peacebuilding and reconstruction in the aftermath of a 14-year long civil war, but the country continues to face challenges in overcoming the results of a legacy of violence. This study, undertaken in November and December 2010, provides insight into Liberians...

    Jun 2011
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  • Tara Kelly

    Tara Kelly is the Program Coordinator for the Resilient Communities Program at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Ms. Kelly also works on the Civilian Military Engagement project, and the Program on Humanitarian Leadership.  

    Prior to her work at HHI, Ms. Kelly worked in administration...

    Tensions of Civil-Military Engagement in Complex Emergencies: The Case of Pakistan

    With the international humanitarian community’s capacity to respond to large-scale and protracted emergencies stretched increasingly thin, international militaries are filling in some of the gaps. This growing involvement of militaries in humanitarian response poses unique opportunities,...

    Jul 2017
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  • Tents in Haiti
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    The association between social cohesion and community resilience in two urban slums of Port au Prince, Haiti

    Multiple recent global agendas have advanced the case for resilience to underpin humanitarian action and disaster risk reduction. These agendas have been incorporated into multiple efforts but evidence to guide action has lagged behind. This study examines a specific link, often cited...

    Oct 2017
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  • The beginnings (1985-1990)

    The oppression of northern Ugandans, particularly the Acholi ethnic group, by the southern dominated government led to the creation of multiple armed resistance groups. In 1988, Joseph Kony formed the most famous one: the group that would become the LRA. Kony is part of the Acholi tribe...

    The Challenges of Engagement: DRR and Civil Society

    Humanitarian actors have increasingly recognized that successful disaster risk reduction (DRR) projects must be conceived as long-term, holistic initiatives geared toward enhancing the ways that states and societies approach resilience. Additionally, the humanitarian sector has learned that the...

    Feb 2013
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  • The Challenges of Professionalizing Humanitarian Action

    According to ALNAP there are currently over 200,000 individuals working in humanitarian assistance and protection globally. Growing at a pace of 6% per year, this workforce is expected to double in size by 2020. Members of the...

    Oct 2011
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  • The change we started to see here was when our children

    The change we started to see here was when our children from here volunteered take up bows and arrows to fight the rebels...When those sons of ours came out, we saw they were going to help us. Their presence scared away the LRA from their frequent attacks on this community.U11

    The Changing Face of Humanitarian Crises

    The scale and cadence of crises that demand international humanitarian response is increasing. The cumulative frequency and severity of climate change on large populations, rapid and unsustainable urbanization, decreasing biodiversity, and the impending realities of resource...

    Jan 2014
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  • The City Fragility and Resilience Framework

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    The Dark Sides of Convergence: A Pro-Civilian Critique of the Extraterritorial Application of Human Rights Law in Armed Conflict

    The idea of co-application of international humanitarian law and human rights law has drawn a tremendous amount of academic attention and a huge amount of innovation in international and domestic jurisprudence. Yet in the current headlong approach into convergence, rights and rights...

    Jan 2010
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  • The Design and Planning of Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-Finding Missions

    The design and planning process is crucial to the implementation of monitoring, reporting, and fact-finding (MRF) mechanisms geared toward investigating violations of international law, including human rights, international criminal law, and international humanitarian law. However, many...

    Dec 2013
    The Design and Planning of Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-Finding Missions

    The design and planning process is crucial to the implementation of monitoring, reporting, and fact-finding (MRF) mechanisms geared toward investigating violations of international law, including human rights, international criminal law, and international humanitarian law. However, many...

    Dec 2013
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  • The Dilemmas Relating to Legislation Under Article 43 of the Hague Regulations, and Peace-Building Jun 2004
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  • The Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP)

    The Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) works to develop effective response where it is needed most, and aims at a major improvement in the way countries cope with populations caught up in a disaster or conflict. DEPP collaborative approaches improve the quality and...

    Jul 2017
    The European Refugee Crisis: Data, Technology, and Coordination Summit

    On 4 November 2015, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative is hosting a summit on “The European Refugee Crisis: Data, Technology, and Coordination”. The summit will take place at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts. We will bring together key humanitarian decision-makers,...

    The Future of the Afghan Legal System: Perspectives from the Young Generation - Roundtable Report

    The purpose of this report is to present the results of a youth roundtable on constitutional and legal reform, hosted February 5-6, 2003, by the Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) and co-organized by the Afghanistan Youth Center (AYC). This roundtable discussion...

    Jun 2003
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  • The Future of the Afghan Legal System: Perspectives from the Young Generation - Roundtable Report

    The purpose of this report is to present the results of a youth roundtable on constitutional and legal reform, hosted February 5-6, 2003, by the Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) and co-organized by the Afghanistan Youth Center (AYC). This roundtable discussion...

    Jun 2003
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  • The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

    The mission of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is to relieve human suffering in war and disaster by advancing the science and practice of humanitarian response worldwide. HHI fosters interdisciplinary collaboration in order to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian strategies...

    Mar 2014
    The Humanitarian as Negotiator: Developing Capacity Across the Sector

    This paper examines the dynamics at play in ongoing efforts to cultivate negotiation capacity among professionals working in the humanitarian sector. Based on extensive interviews conducted with humanitarian practitioners, this paper addresses three overarching issues. The first is...

    Sep 2017
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  • The ICRC delivered water and food to Nahr al-Bared on Saturday, but access to thousands in need remains limited.

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