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SDG Studio Geneva - SDG 17 - Anwar Mahfoudh

Anwar Mahfoudh from KoBo Toolbox in the SDG Studio Geneva talks about SDG 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

May 2017
Protection of Humanitarian Action Series: Duty of Care and Sexual Violence

How much responsibility do humanitarian organizations have to protect the staff they send into the field? Due to the often austere, volatile, or insecure nature of humanitarian response settings, aid workers have long recognized the inherent personal and organizational risks of...

Apr 2017
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  • BBR Field Perspectives | Challenges with coordination mechanisms

    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. The content featured does not reflect the opinions of the Building a Better Response project or...

    Mar 2017
    BBR Field Perspectives | Humanitarian sector improvements

    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. The content featured does not reflect the opinions of the Building a Better Response project or...

    Mar 2017
    Program on Humanitarian Leadership - Dr. Vincenzo Bollettino

    Dr. Vincenzo Bollettino, Director of HHI's Program on Resilient Communities, discusses the Program on Humanitarian Leadership (PHL).

    Mar 2017
    Protection of Humanitarian Action Series: On Speaking Out

    Deliberate violence against humanitarian practitioners and operations poses an increasingly critical challenge to the humanitarian sector as humanitarian needs continue to grow in many regions of the world. While maintaining access to populations in need, engaging with communities, and...

    Mar 2017
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  • BBR Field Perspectives (Arabic) | Engaging NGOs and local professionals in Eastern Aleppo

    العمل مع المنظمات غير الحكومية والمهنيين المحليين في حلب الشرقية

    إن الدكتور حريري حاصل على درجة الدكتوراه في الطب من كلية الطب، جامعة حلب، ودرجة الماجستير في الجراحة العامة من كلية الطب، جامعة حلب.

    Feb 2017
    Pursuing Accountability in Syria

    After over five years of war in Syria, civilians have not only been frequently caught in the crossfire, but have been intentionally targeted. According to an array of sources, homes, schools, hospitals, places of worship and cultural heritage have been destroyed - in particular...

    Feb 2017
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  • Digital Data Collection: A KoBoToolbox Use Case with Jake Weisenthal

    Jake Weisenthal, Country Director, Semilla Nueva offered HHI an interview to share the challenges and benefits associated with transitioning to digital data collection in rural Guatemala. Interview filmed and produced by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative 2016.

    Feb 2017
    BBR Field Perspectives | Engaging NGOs and local professionals in Eastern Aleppo

    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.

    Dr. Hariri holds a Doctorate of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Aleppo University, and a Master...

    Feb 2017
    The Signal Code: A Human Rights Approach to Information During Crisis

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    The Signal Code is the result of a six month study by the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to...

    Jan 2017
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  • Humanitarian Negotiation Series: The Role of Laws and Norms

    What role do humanitarian law and norms play in humanitarian negotiations? Practitioners have diverse array of views: some field workers perceive that the law holds a high level of practical utility in their negotiations, while others have found it to be irrelevant to their work. Indeed,...

    Jan 2017
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  • Defining the Resilient City

    This background note is part of the United Nations University project on Resilience and the Fragile City and is meant to complement the paper ‘Conceptualizing City Fragility and Resilience’ (de Boer, Muggah, Patel 2016) which formally presents the fragile and resilient cities assessment...

    Jan 2017
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  • What Practices Are Used to Identify and Prioritize Vulnerable Populations Affected by Urban Humanitarian Emergencies?

    Individuals and organizations responding to humanitarian crises recognize the need to improve urban emergency response and preparedness – including the need to devise better methods for assessing vulnerability within urban populations. 

    This systematic review represents...

    Jan 2017
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  • Negotiation with Non-State Armed Groups at the Frontlines

    In many of today’s frontline humanitarian environments, access is increasingly difficult to obtain and maintain, and continued engagement with non-state armed actors is an integral aspect of ensuring assistance and protection activities and advocating for compliance with international legal...

    Dec 2016
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  • Gender Diversity Dynamics in Humanitarian Negotiations: The International Committee of the Red Cross as a Case Study on the Frontlines of Armed Conflicts

    Negotiations for access are crucial for the success of humanitarian operations. They also occur in contexts of armed conflict and violence that typically entrench gender identities. Building on the vast research showing that gender affects the conduct and outcome of negotiations, this...

    Nov 2016
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  • Practitioner Profile | Jennifer Schirmer Part II

    On August 24, 2016 the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, commonly referred to as the FARC, signed a peace deal after 52 years of internal conflict. This peace deal marks a potential end to the over half century of violence that has killed over 220,000...

    Nov 2016
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  • Humanitarian Negotiation Series: Gender and Diversity

    Personal relationships and trust-building constitute critical dimensions of frontline humanitarian negotiations. In order to operate effectively, in many contexts, humanitarian organizations must first ensure that they are accepted by the parties to a conflict, and establish and maintain an...

    Nov 2016
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  • Practitioner Profile | Roxanne Krystalli

    The Colombian government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) recently signed peace accords bringing an end to 52 years of violent conflict. For his efforts to negotiate and conclude the peace deal, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize on...

    Nov 2016
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  • Data preparedness: connecting data, decision making and humanitarian response

    Signal Program Standards and Ethics Series - Issue 1

    Data are a central component of humanitarian response. Frequently, however, there is a disconnect between data, decision-making and response. Informed decisions need to be made in the first hours and days of an emergency, and if the...

    Nov 2016
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  • KoboToolbox’s Question Library

    The KoBoToolbox Question Library enables users to create, store, share and re-use validated questions across surveys. This speeds up the process of creating new forms and contributes to the standardization of survey questions.

    For more information, visit...

    Nov 2016
    Program on Humanitarian Leadership 2016

    Information about he application process for the 2017 Program on Humanitarian Leadership (PHL).

    PHL is seeking applications from exemplary, mid-level career humanitarian professionals working for non-governmental or community-based organizations in humanitarian settings...

    Nov 2016
    Humanitarian Negotiation Series: Protection of Medical Personnel and Operations at the Frontlines

    Recent high-profile attacks on humanitarian professionals and operations in Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq, among others, call attention to the growing vulnerabilities of humanitarian staff and medical operations at the frontlines. These attacks endanger lives, violate international humanitarian...

    Oct 2016
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  • Conceptualizing City Fragility and Resilience

    This paper introduces a preliminary analytical framework that re-conceptualizes fragility and resilience at the city level. It aligns the two concepts across a range of political, social, economic and environmental factors enabling comparison across thousands of cities globally based on...

    Oct 2016
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  • Protecting Humanitarian Action: Key Challenges and Lessons from the Field

    This paper presents an overview of key challenges and dilemmas faced in the protection of humanitarian action and aims to provide an initial overview of the legal, policy, and operational trends and issues identified by ATHA through its ongoing research and discussions with practitioners....

    Oct 2016
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