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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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  • 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
    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
    Perspectives on Access: Engaging with Non-State Armed Groups

    In conversations with key experts and practitioners in the field, this podcast will explore perspectives on humanitarian engagement with non-state armed groups with a focus on challenges of access. Using contemporary examples such as Afghanistan and Yemen, the panelists will discuss key...

    Oct 2015
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  • 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
    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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  • 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 - 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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  • 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
    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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  • 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
    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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