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Securing Access: Maintaining Presence & Proximity in Insecure Settings

Recurring violence against civilians and humanitarian aid workers affects both the quantity and quality of protection and assistance reaching the most vulnerable populations. It also requires a reassessment of how humanitarian professionals plan and strategically implement aid delivery in...

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
    Evaluating Transitional Justice: The Role of Multi-Level Mixed Methods Datasets and the Colombia Reparation Program for War Victims

    This paper examines the role of mixed and multi-level methods datasets used to inform evaluations of transitional justice mechanisms. The Colombia reparation program for victims of war is used to illustrate how a convergent design involving multiple datasets can be used to evaluate the...

    Mar 2016
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  • BBR Field Perspectives | Local Community and Media Engagement

    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.

    Jean-Luc Mootoosamy is a Program Manager at Foundation Hirondelle. In this...

    Feb 2016
    Imagery Interpretation Guide: Assessing Wind Disaster Damage to Structures

    At present, accepted methodologies for wind disaster damage assessments rely almost exclusively on responders having ground access to the affected area to document damage to housing structures.  This approach can prove both time consuming and inefficient, and does not support the use of drones...

    Feb 2016
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  • Gender Perspectives on IHL

    Armed conflict affects men, women, girls and boys in fundamentally different ways, often exacerbating pre-existing gender inequalities in society. In this context, how well does international humanitarian law (IHL) account for these differences in the protection of vulnerable populations in...

    Feb 2016
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  • Slum socio-ecology: an exploratory characterisation of vulnerability to climate-change related disasters in the urban context

    As cities, especially coastal megacities, continue to grow often through rapid unplanned urbanization, populations are increasingly concentrated in climate change-affected hazard-prone spaces. How these populations interact with their environments will ultimately influence their vulnerability to...

    Jan 2016
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  • BBR Field Perspectives | Duty of Care: Mitigating Risks for Field Workers

    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.

    Ian Ridley is the Senior Director of Humanitarian Operations for WorldVision...

    Jan 2016
    DisasterNet Philippines: Scoping Study Report

    This scoping study maps government, community-based organizations, national and international non-governmental organizations, private sector initiatives, and research and academic institutions working on disaster preparedness and response in the Philippines.

    The study provides the basis...

    Jan 2016
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  • Peacebuilding and Reconstruction Polls: Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Poll Report #5

    This poll is the fifth in 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...

    Jan 2016
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  • BBR Field Perspectives | The Role of a Cluster Lead

    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.

    Pablo Medina is the Global Cluster Deputy Coordinator for the International...

    Jan 2016
    In the Same Boat: Morocco’s Migration Lessons for Europe

    This year, hundreds of thousands of people crossed the Mediterranean and Europe’s eastern borders seeking refuge. But while global attention was fixed on the boats struggling through the waves, or huddled behind barbed-wire borders, little thought has been given to what happens next. Europe will...

    Jan 2016
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  • Data Collection and Refugee Protection

    As the numbers of migrants and refugees entering Europe continue to increase, data collection and analysis, particularly through mobile technology, social media, and crowdsourcing, provide humanitarian actors with key insights into critical protection gaps and emerging trends. Yet the growing...

    Dec 2015
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  • HHI Annual Report 2015

    It is with both admiration and humility that we look back upon this year and celebrate the vision, innovation and commitment of our faculty, staff, and collaborators in the pursuit of developing better strategies for assisting communities in crisis. 2014 - 15 signified a year of tremendous...

    Dec 2015
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  • Understanding Humanitarian Negotiation: Five Analytical Approaches

    This briefing note aims to support the humanitarian sector’s efforts to apply a deeper level of analytical and strategic thinking to humanitarian negotiation. Toward this end, it provides an overview of how the rich body of literature focused on negotiations in other contexts—political,...

    Dec 2015
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  • BBR Field Perspectives | Accountability to Affected Populations

    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.

    Massimo Nicoletti Altimari is a Senior Quality & Accountability Officer at...

    Dec 2015
    BBR Field Perspectives | Humanitarian Assessments in Practice

    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.

    Lars Peter Nissen is the Director of the Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS). In this episode,...

    Nov 2015
    We Mobilized Ourselves

    Despite facing violence and terror, local communities have created innovative systems of self-protection and resilience in the face of the LRA threat. 

    Nov 2015
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  • Supporting Community Resilience in Conflict

    Resilience is an increasingly debated concept among humanitarian and development actors assisting communities impacted by natural disasters and armed conflict. Generally, there is acknowledgement of the need to strengthen individual, community and institutional mechanisms for coping with...

    Nov 2015
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  • Peacebuilding and Reconstruction Polls: Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Poll Report #4

    This poll is the fourth in 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...

    Nov 2015
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  • Indoctrinate the Heart to Impunity

    Individuals recently demobilized from the LRA detail the internal dynamics of the group, and describe how magic, rules, and culture are used to control new recruits.

    Nov 2015
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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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  • BBR Field Perspectives | The IFRC's Role in Coordination, 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.

    Christine South is the Operations Quality Assurance Officer of Disaster and...

    Oct 2015
    BBR Field Perspectives | The IFRC's Role in Coordination, 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.

    Christine South is the Operations Quality Assurance Officer of Disaster and Crisis Management for...

    Oct 2015
    BBR Field Perspectives | The Resident Coordinator Pool Process

    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.

    Ian Ridley is the Senior Director of Humanitarian Operations for WorldVision...

    Oct 2015

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