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What is 'Humanitarian Communication'? Towards Standard Definitions and Protections for the Humanitarian Use of ICTs

In October 2014, the European Interagency Security Forum (EISF) launched a knowledge hub on communications technology and security risk management. The first publication of this project brought together ...

Oct 2015
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  • Practitioner Profiles: Colombia in Transition with Joanna Radziukiewicz

    Colombia is on the verge of transition, as negotiators near agreement on a peace deal to end the country’s decades-long armed conflict between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. With this optimism about peace, however, comes recognition of the country’s...

    Oct 2015
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  • Innovation Series - Promoting Innovation in Humanitarian Action

    In this episode, ATHA's Anaide Nahikian speaks with Stuart Campo, Innovation Deployment Specialist withUNICEF's Global Innovation Center.

    Stuart leads remote and in-country support for UNICEF and partners in the adaptation and deployment of...

    Sep 2015
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  • Responding to the Refugee Crisis in Europe

    A global refugee crisis is rapidly unfolding in Europe. Driven by protracted conflicts and persecution in countries such as Syria, Afghanistan, and Eritrea, increasing numbers of refugees are making the dangerous journey in smugglers’ boats across the Mediterranean toward Greece and other...

    Sep 2015
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  • Satellite Imagery Interpretation Guide: Intentional Burning of Tukuls

    During armed conflict in East and Central Africa civilian dwellings are intentionally targeted and razed. These traditional civilian dwellings are known as tukuls which are primarily mud and thatch huts.

    The intentional destruction of these dwellings, given their prevalence in these...

    Sep 2015
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  • BBR Field Perspectives | The Responsibilites of Humanitarian Country Directors

    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.

    Maureen Magee is the Interim Director of the Norwegian Refugee Council's...

    Sep 2015
    Humanitarian Action and the Politics of Transition: The Context of Colombia

    What challenges are inherent for humanitarian practitioners when operating in a context of transition from protracted conflict to peace? This paper examines this question, focusing on Colombia as a case study. As a result of the decades long conflict in Colombia, as well as natural...

    Sep 2015
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  • Innovation Series - Protection in Protracted Refugee Crises: An Interview with Melissa Fleming

    In this episode, ATHA's Anaïde Nahikian speaks with Melissa Fleming, Chief of Communications and Spokesperson for the High Commissioner, at UNHCR, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. They discuss the priorities for UNHCR in addressing the key drivers of...

    Aug 2015
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  • Peacebuilding and Reconstruction Polls: Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Poll Report #3

    This poll is the third of a series of polls that will be conducted to provide reliable data and analysis on peace, security, justice and reconstruction in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The project is a joint initiative of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) and the United...

    Aug 2015
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  • BBR Field Perspectives | The Importance of Humanitarian Coordination

    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.

    Pierre de Rochefort works on Disaster and Crisis Information Management for...

    Aug 2015
    BBR Field Perspectives | The Role of Communication in Humanitarian Action, Part I

    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.

    Jacobo Quintanilla is a Community Engagement Adviser for the International...

    Aug 2015
    BBR Field Perspectives | The Role of Communication in Humanitarian Action, Part II

    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.

    Jacobo Quintanilla is a Community Engagement Adviser for the International...

    Aug 2015
    Practitioner Profiles: On World Humanitarian Day, Reflections on the Bombing of the UN in Baghdad with Claude Bruderlein

    Each year on August 19th, the international community observes World Humanitarian Day, marking the tragic occasion of the bombing of the UN headquarters in the Canal Hotel in Baghdad,...

    Aug 2015
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  • Innovation Series - "Bottom Up" Innovation: an Interview with Alexander Betts and Louise Bloom

    In this episode, ATHA's Anaïde Nahikian speaks with Louise Bloom, Research Officer at the Humanitarian Innovation Project at the University of Oxford, and Professor Alexander Betts, Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, also at the University of Oxford.

    The Refugee Studies Centre aims...

    Aug 2015
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  • Innovation Series - New Information Technologies and Humanitarian Security: An Interview with Raquel Vazquez Llorente

    In this episode, ATHA's Julia Brooks speaks with Raquel Vazquez Llorente, Researcher at the European Interagency Security Forum (EISF). They discuss changes in the...

    Aug 2015
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  • Humanitarians Under Attack: Tensions, Disparities, and Legal Gaps in Protection

    Humanitarian professionals working in complex environments face increasing threats and attacks that endanger their lives, violate international humanitarian law, and jeopardize the consistent and effective delivery of emergency relief to populations in need. In light of these issues, this...

    Jul 2015
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  • The Protection of Humanitarian Aid Workers Under International Law

    Given that aid workers frequently operate in complex and insecure settings, some risks are inherent to humanitarian action. Nonetheless, recent years have seen a significant increase, in absolute terms, in deliberate attacks against humanitarian professionals. Furthermore, most aid...

    Jul 2015
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  • Applying Humanitarian Principles to Current Uses of Information Communication Technologies: Gaps in Doctrine and Challenges to Practice

    The goal of this paper is to identify and address current gaps, challenges and opportunities that face the humanitarian sector as it seeks to apply traditional humanitarian principles to the increasingly central role information communication technologies (ICTs) play in 21st Century humanitarian...

    Jul 2015
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  • BBR Field Perspectives | The Role of Humanitarian Leadership

    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 Strengthening Unit of the...

    Jul 2015
    HHI's Humanitarian Academy at Harvard Curricular Innovation Program

    This trailer details the development, strategy and students' response to new humanitarian case modules at the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard.

    Each case reaches specific humanitarian learning objectives through the use of an entirely unique approach to asynchronous blended-learning,...

    Jul 2015
    Peacebuilding and Reconstruction Polls: Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Poll Report #2 (French)

    This poll is the second of a series of polls that will be conducted to provide reliable data and analysis on peace, security, justice and reconstruction in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The project is a joint initiative of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) and the United...

    Jun 2015
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  • Humanitarian Negotiation in Practice

    A core tension persists in the humanitarian sector surrounding the role that negotiation plays in humanitarian action. On the one hand, many feel that humanitarians have nothing to negotiate, that humanitarian action is rooted in humanitarian principles - humanity, impartiality, neutrality, and...

    Jun 2015
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  • Humanitarian Negotiation: Key Challenges and Lessons Learned in an Emerging Field

    Negotiations are crucial for the overall success of humanitarian operations, yet these endeavors are inherently challenging. Given both the importance of humanitarian negotiations and the gravity of the difficulties faced, what is the capacity of the humanitarian sector to carry forward...

    Jun 2015
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  • Nepal: The First Two Weeks

    In the 12 days since the magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Nepal on 25 April 2015, the international community has witnessed the resulting death toll climb upwards of 7,300 people, with another 14,300 injured, in the midst of aftershocks up to magnitudes of 6.7. According to preliminary assessments,...

    May 2015
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  • Humanitarian Action During Transition: Lessons from Colombia

    Over 50 years of internal armed conflict, along with urban violence, have fueled a persistent humanitarian crisis in Colombia. Approximately 12% of the population (5.7 million people) is internally displaced, and many people are dually affected by waves of intensifying conflict and natural...

    May 2015
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