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Resilience and Disaster Trends in the Philippines: Opportunities for National and Local Capacity Building

The Philippines is one of the top countries in the world at risk of climate-related disasters. For populations subsisting at the poverty line in particular, but also the nation as a whole, daily lives and wellbeing are routinely challenged. The Philippines government takes disaster risk...

Sep 2016
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  • Implications of Applying IHL to Low-Intensity Conflict: From Internal Disturbance to Armed Conflict

    Humanitarian actors increasingly find themselves in contexts where the application of the norms and concepts of international humanitarian law (IHL) is contested. In particular, those working in possible situations of non-international armed conflict are often faced with the fact that it can be...

    Sep 2016
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  • Practitioner Profile | Sareta Ashraph

    In this practitioner profile, ATHA is joined by Sareta Ashraph, Chief Analyst on the Commission of Inquiry on the Syria crisis since May 2012. The Commission was established by the UN Human Rights Council in August 2011 to investigate and...

    Aug 2016
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  • Stigmatisation and rejection of survivors of sexual violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Studies report that between 6 per cent and 29 per cent of survivors of sexual violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are rejected by their families and communities. This research project was designed to provide insights into survivors' experiences of stigmatisation and...

    Jul 2016
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  • HarvardX Course: Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster

    A trailer video for the course can be found here. 

    From the Syrian refugee crisis to the West Africa Ebola outbreak, humanitarian emergencies have reached unprecedented dimensions and proportions. As need for...

    Jul 2016 Link
    Practitioner Profile | Dr. Jemilah Mahmood
    The World Humanitarian Summit, held in Istanbul on May 23-24, 2016, was guided by a framework articulated by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s “Agenda for Humanity,” focusing on areas such as preventing and ending conflicts, enhancing promotion of community resilience, proactive emergency...
    Jun 2016
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  • The World Humanitarian Summit: Outcomes and Reflections

    The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) convened 9,000 representatives from humanitarian agencies, governments, crisis-affected communities, and the private sector. Driven by a consensus that the current humanitarian system is unable to cope with the intensifying needs of populations affected by...

    Jun 2016
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  • Humanitarian Needs Assessment Training

    The Humanitarian Needs Assessment E-learning program is designed to provide an overview of the Humanitarian Needs Assessment process. The process can look very different depending on the scale of a disaster, the role of humanitarian organizations involved and the resources available to any...

    Jun 2016 Link
    The Role of Humanitarian Professionals in Promoting Respect for IHL

    Amidst recurring violations of international humanitarian law (IHL), strengthening compliance with these international norms is indispensable to the protection of civilians in armed conflict. While improvements in accountability have been brought over recent decades to the international...

    May 2016
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  • A quick tour of KoBoToolbox

    KoBoToolbox is a free and open source platform to collect data, developed by field researchers, evaluators and humanitarians, with the support of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, UNOCHA, the MacArthur foundation and other generous donors.

    KoBoToolbox was designed to...

    May 2016
    Politics of Aid in Ukraine

    Two years of conflict in the Donbas region of Ukraine has continued to intensify since early March of this year. An estimated 3.1 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, particularly in terms of protection, unimpeded access of humanitarian agencies, continuous supply of water,...

    May 2016
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  • OCHA Think Brief: Building Data Responsibility into Humanitarian Action

    Building data responsibility into humanitarian action is the first UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs think brief to explore what constitutes the responsible use of data in humanitarian response. It was co written by the Signal Program, NYU Gov Lab and the Center for Innovation...

    May 2016
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  • "Regulating 'Drugs Wars' and Other Gray Zone Conflicts: Formal and Functional Approaches," Humanitarian Action in Situations Other Than Way, Discussion Paper 2

    Academic debate on whether so-called “drug wars” can be classified as “armed conflicts” is more than just semantic. Indeed, the official designation of a situation as an armed conflict carries with it attendant rights and obligations applicable to states and non-state actors alike. The legal...

    Mar 2016
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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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  • 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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  • The Typhoon Haiyan Response: Strengthening Coordination among Philippine Government, Civil Society, and International Actors

    Typhoon Haiyan devastated the central Philippines in November 2013, claiming more than 6,300 lives, displacing more than 4 million people, and disrupting the economy and livelihoods in some of the country’s poorest regions for years to come.

    The Haiyan response has been held up as a...

    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
    Work-Life Balance Among Humanitarian Aid Workers

    A limited body of research has examined satisfaction with work–life balance of expatriate workers who live abroad, residing outside the typical “family” or “life” domain. This study aims to demonstrate how and under which organizational circumstances job autonomy can increase work–life balance...

    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
    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
    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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  • 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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