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Follow the Money: How Has Aid Measured Up in 2012?

As the Global Humanitarian Assistance (GHA) 2012 Report notes, humanitarian needs in 2011 decreased from those of the previous year. Financing requests dropped by 21% and the overall funding response decreased by 9% from 2010 to 2011. However, despite this shift, the gap in unmet financing...

Nov 2012
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  • DRR, Inc.: Can the Private Sector Revive Resilience?

    As the planet warms, the vulnerability of communities in less developed countries rises. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in 2008, 20 million people were displaced by climate-related sudden onset disasters. Additionally, as AlertNet reports, in 2011, floods...

    Oct 2012
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  • The Politics of Recovery

    During the humanitarian reform process launched in 2005, humanitarian actors introduced early recovery as a humanitarian cluster to facilitate policy linkages between humanitarian relief and development. However, the scope of the early recovery cluster has since broadened to encompass a...

    Sep 2012
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  • Public Health and Humanitarian Crisis

    Despite improvements in the coordination and delivery of humanitarian assistance in recent decades, armed conflict remains a leading public health concern. Mortality rates have declined in camps for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDP), but overcrowding in camps, limited supplies of...

    Aug 2012
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  • Making the World a Witness: Report on the Pilot Phase

    The Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, has released a report on the pilot phase which began in December 2010 and concluded 1 June 2012. This report contains highlights over the past 18 months including a summary of operations, and satellite imagery. With the completion of the pilot phase...

    Jul 2012
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  • On Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-finding Mechanisms

    A simple glance at recent news headlines reveals the growing prevalence of international missions tasked to monitor and report on potential violations of international law.  In the past few months alone, the United Nations (UN) dispatched a team to monitor the ceasefire in Syria, and the...

    Jul 2012
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  • On Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-finding Mechanisms

    A simple glance at recent news headlines reveals the growing prevalence of international missions tasked to monitor and report on potential violations of international law.  In the past few months alone, the United Nations (UN) dispatched a team to monitor the ceasefire in Syria, and the United...

    Jul 2012
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    Jun 2012
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  • Annotated Bibliography - Human Rights and Armed Conflict

    In line with its mission to engage in critical examination of humanitarian and conflict policy, HPCR undertakes a variety of academic and research initiatives to identify significant developments in Humanitarian and Human Right Law. As part of this research, in 2010 HPCR established a thematic...

    Jun 2012
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  • Annotated Bibliography - Human Rights and Armed Conflict

    In line with its mission to engage in critical examination of humanitarian and conflict policy, HPCR undertakes a variety of academic and research initiatives to identify significant developments in Humanitarian and Human Right Law. As part of this research, in 2010 HPCR established a thematic...

    Jun 2012
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  • Annotated Bibliography - Islamic Law and the Protection of Civilians

    In line with its mission to advance effective strategies for the protection of civilians during armed conflict, HPCR undertakes a variety of academic and research initiatives to identify the political, economic, and cultural factors that affect the conduct of hostilities and ultimately shape the...

    Jun 2012
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  • Peace Building and Humanitarian Engagement

    The scope and character of peace-building and stabilization missions significantly affect the work of humanitarian actors. Across a range of contexts, humanitarian actors must balance principled action alongside considerations of peace. An operational format that gained traction in Boutros-Ghali...

    Jun 2012
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  • Countering Terror in Humanitarian Crises: The Challenges of Delivering Aid to Somalia Jun 2012
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  • Pipeline: Evidence of the Destruction of Key Oil Infrastructure

    The Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP), through the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s analysis of DigitalGlobe satellite imagery captured 15 April 2012, has found evidence of the destruction of key oil pipeline infrastructure in Heglig, South Kordofan, Sudan. SSP has also found cratering...

    Apr 2012
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  • Human Rights and Humanitarian Action

    Human rights norms are playing an increasingly important role in humanitarian action. Yet there seems to be a growing confusion on the distinct origins and nuances of these bodies of law among practitioners engaged in humanitarian protection. This conflation has sometimes weakened...

    Apr 2012
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  • Building Effective Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-Finding Mechanisms

    In recent decades, the international community has exhibited an increased devotion to civilian protection and promotion of international legal accountability. To activate this sense of responsibility, during armed conflicts and internal disturbances, international actors have created...

    Apr 2012
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  • A Tale of Two Conflicts: an Unexpected Reading of Sexual Violence in Conflict through the Cases of Colombia and Democratic Republic of the Congo

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo (‘DRC’) has been called “the rape capital of the world” while Colombia was known in the late 1990s as “the murder capital of the world”. What do these capitals of crime have in common? Both countries have been plagued by conflict-related violence, including...

    Apr 2012
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  • Escalation: Evidence of SAF and SPLA Combat Operations

    The Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) has confirmed through the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s analysis of DigitalGlobe satellite imagery that Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) have deployed a significantly increased number of combat capable air assets within range of South Sudan’s border and...

    Apr 2012
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  • Empowering beneficiaries: Humanitarian professionals at a crossroads?

    Humanitarian organizations face an inevitable tension that arises from two separate accountability structures. One framework, established by Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions of 1949, holds organizations accountable to host states and donor states. A second framework, the human...

    Mar 2012
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  • Engaging African Voices on Kony

    A critical perspective has been missing from the conversation resulting from the Kony 2012 campaign: that of those currently living in Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) affected areas.The voices of affected individuals and communities should be at the center of this swelling chorus of opinions...

    Mar 2012
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  • Toward Guidelines for Humanitarian Standards and Operations in Urban Settings

    Rapid urbanization represents the most significant demographic change of the twenty-first century. 2008 marked the first time in human history that over half of the world population lived in urban settings. The process of urbanization, fueled by economic and social foreces, has particularly...

    Mar 2012
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  • Impact: Indiscriminate Bombardment by a SAF Antonov, South Kordofan, Sudan

    The Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP), through Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s analysis of ...

    Mar 2012
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  • The Integration of Humanitarian Action in Political and Security Missions

    In 2000, the Brahimi Report on United Nations (UN) Peace Operationsproposed a set of sweeping reforms geared toward building integrated UN peacekeeping missions. These proposals ushered in a series of structural...

    Feb 2012
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  • Status of Humanitarian Reform

    The humanitarian reform process, initiated by the United Nations in 2005, aimed to remedy gaps in humanitarian operations and improve the timeliness, effectiveness, and predictability of aid delivery. The reform process sought to achieve these goals through three separate but complementary...

    Feb 2012
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  • Humanitarian Action under Scrutiny: Criminalizing Humanitarian Engagement

    The Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University (HPCR) is a research and policy program based at the Harvard School of Public Health in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Program is engaged in research and advisory services on humanitarian operations and the protection...

    Feb 2012
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