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"This mine has become our farmland": Critical perspectives on the coevolution of artisanal mining and conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The debate on conflict minerals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been widely documented by the international media, government and non-governmental agencies and academics. In recent years, a variety of international initiatives have been launched to curb the flow of funding from...

Jun 2014
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  • Humanitarian Assistance Webcast: The Contemporary Role of Faith-based Aid

    Faith-based humanitarian organizations have played a central role in responding to humanitarian needs for centuries. While deeply rooted in principles of faith and charity, these organizations also represent a community of influential donors. As such, they are uniquely positioned to lead...

    Jun 2014
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  • Cancer in refugees in Jordan and Syria between 2009 and 2012: challenges and the way forward in humanitarian emergencies

    Treatment of non-communicable diseases such as cancer in refugees is neglected in low-income and middle-income countries, but is of increasing importance because the number of refugees is growing. The UNHCR, through exceptional care committees (ECCs), has developed standard operating...

    Jun 2014
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  • HHI in the Field: Beth Maclin in DRC

    In April 2014, Beth Maclin, the Research Coordinator for the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative's Women in War Program traveled to Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to work on a program evaluation of services to reduce the stigmatization of survivors of sexual violence in the...

    May 2014
    Signal Program Satellite Imagery Analysis Methods

    This video, created by the Signal Program, uses DigitalGlobe imagery of Blue Nile, Sudan from September 2011 to highlight satellite imagery analysis methods. Signal imagery analyst Isaac Baker uses the measurements and shapes of observable objects to identify military vehicles and...

    May 2014
    Syrian Refugee Response: Evolving Protection Challenges

    The Syrian refugee crisis represents one of the greatest humanitarian challenges the international community has faced over recent years, prompting record-high levels of international assistance and programming. The ongoing conflict has generated the displacement of over two million...

    May 2014
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  • Assessing the Impact of Programming to Reduce the Stigmatization of Survivors of Sexual Violence in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

    This project rigorously evaluated programming that addresses stigma against survivors. In this program evaluation, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s Women in War program worked with the Congolese NGO, Centre d’Assistance Medico-Psychosociale (CAMPS) to assess which parts of their...

    Apr 2014
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  • Humanitarian Assistance Webcast: New Warfare Technologies, New Protection Challenges

    Recent scientific and technological advances have given rise to unprecedented means and methods of warfare. Some of these new technologies — such as observation and combat drones — are already in use, while others — for example, nanotechnologies, combat robots, and laser weapons — are still in...

    Apr 2014
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  • Caught in Conflict: Girl Child Soldiers

    In 2013, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative's Women in War Program, in collaboration with Eastern Congo Initiative, released its new report, '"We Came Back with Empty Hands": Understanding the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration of Children Formerly Associated with Armed Groups...

    Mar 2014
    The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

    The mission of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is to relieve human suffering in war and disaster by advancing the science and practice of humanitarian response worldwide. HHI fosters interdisciplinary collaboration in order to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian strategies...

    Mar 2014
    Caught in Conflict: Security

    In 2013, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative's Women in War Program, in collaboration with Eastern Congo Initiative, released its new report, '"We Came Back with Empty Hands": Understanding the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration of Children Formerly Associated with Armed Groups...

    Mar 2014
    Humanitarian Assistance Webcast: Yemen in Transition

    Presented in partnership with Médecins Sans Frontières. Despite the Yemeni Government’s commitment to the 2014 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan and ongoing efforts...

    Mar 2014
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  • Caught in Conflict: Education

    In 2013, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative's Women in War Program, in collaboration with Eastern Congo Initiative, released its new report, '"We Came Back with Empty Hands": Understanding the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration of Children Formerly Associated with Armed Groups...

    Mar 2014
    Caught in Conflict: Ending Recruitment

    In 2013, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative's Women in War Program, in collaboration with Eastern Congo Initiative, released its new report, '"We Came Back with Empty Hands": Understanding the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration of Children Formerly Associated with Armed Groups...

    Mar 2014
    "Finding the Facts": Standards of Proof and Information Handling in Monitoring, Reporting and Fact-Finding Missions

    This paper sets out various dilemmas faced by practitioners undertaking fact-finding missions, based on a desk analysis and extensive interviews with expert practitioners. The paper addresses the challenges, both practical and theoretical, related to standards of proof and information...

    Feb 2014
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  • Protection of Witnesses, Victims and Staff in Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-Finding Mechanisms

    One dilemma that faces practitioners serving on monitoring, reporting, and fact-finding (MRF) missions concerns the protection of witnesses, victims, and staff. The paradox underlying the issue of protection is that, while statements from witnesses and victims account for the predominant...

    Feb 2014
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  • Protection of Witnesses, Victims and Staff in Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-Finding Mechanisms

    One dilemma that faces practitioners serving on monitoring, reporting, and fact-finding (MRF) missions concerns the protection of witnesses, victims, and staff. The paradox underlying the issue of protection is that, while statements from witnesses and victims account for the predominant...

    Feb 2014
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  • 'Finding the Facts' Standards of Proof and Information Handling in Monitoring, Reporting and Fact-Finding Missions

    This paper sets out various dilemmas faced by practitioners undertaking fact-finding missions, based on a desk analysis and extensive interviews with expert practitioners. The paper addresses the challenges, both practical and theoretical, related to standards of proof and information...

    Feb 2014
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  • The Changing Face of Humanitarian Crises

    The scale and cadence of crises that demand international humanitarian response is increasing. The cumulative frequency and severity of climate change on large populations, rapid and unsustainable urbanization, decreasing biodiversity, and the impending realities of resource...

    Jan 2014
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  • Harvard Field Study Non-Paper on Syrian Refugees

    The Syrian refugee crisis represents one of the greatest humanitarian challenges the international community has faced over the recent years, prompting record-high levels of international aid. In view of the complexity of the political and social environment in which these challenges arise and...

    Jan 2014
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  • The Design and Planning of Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-Finding Missions

    The design and planning process is crucial to the implementation of monitoring, reporting, and fact-finding (MRF) mechanisms geared toward investigating violations of international law, including human rights, international criminal law, and international humanitarian law. However, many...

    Dec 2013
    HHI Year End Report 2013

    2013 was another important and impactful year for humanitarianism. From Syria, to Sudan, and the Philippines, we have witnessed and responded to new global health challenges in an ever changing humanitarian landscape. We at HHI are committed to creating new ways to serve our...

    Dec 2013
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  • The Design and Planning of Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-Finding Missions

    The design and planning process is crucial to the implementation of monitoring, reporting, and fact-finding (MRF) mechanisms geared toward investigating violations of international law, including human rights, international criminal law, and international humanitarian law. However, many...

    Dec 2013
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  • 'We Came Back with Empty Hands' Trailer

    This video provides an overview of "'We Came Back with Empty Hands': Understanding the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration of Children Formerly Associated with Armed Groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo," the new report released by the Women in War Program at Harvard...

    Nov 2013
    An Assessment of Attitudes Toward Gender Inequitable Sexual and Reproductive Health Norms in South Sudan: a Community-based Participatory Research Approach

    Communities in South Sudan have endured decades of conflict. Protracted conflict exacerbated reproductive health disparities and gender inequities. This study, conducted prior to the country’s 2011 independence, aimed to assess attitudes toward gender inequitable norms related to sexual...

    Nov 2013
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