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Since its creation in 1993, the UK meidical NGO Merlin has provided health care in disaster and conflict-affected areas and made a significant contribution to the management of diseases such as TB, Lassa Fever and Malaria. In July 2013 Merlin decided to join forces with Save the Children and the transition process is now very nearly complete. To ensure that Merlin's story is recorded and its achievements and contributions to the humanitarian and health sectors are properly recognised and understood, Merlin has commissioned 'A History of Merlin' that will be published in 2015. The intention is to tell the story…
Over the past two decades, states and inter-governmental bodies have adopted increasingly robust counter-terrorism laws and policies. At the same time, humanitarian crises in countries like Somalia, Mali, and Syria have reaffirmed the continued importance of principled humanitarian action. Counter-terrorism laws and humanitarian action share several goals, including the prevention of attacks against civilians and of diversion of aid to armed actors. Yet tensions between these two areas of law and policy have emerged in recent years, resulting in challenges for governments and humanitarian actors. These include obstacles to open and frank discussions about the practical and legal consequences of counterterrorism laws for humanitarian action, especially in territories where listed armed…
The editors and contributors of this volume are to be congratulated on a practical text that pushes forwards our knowledge and understanding of the virtual space that now surrounds humanitarian operations, and which can have such a physical impact upon them. I encourage you to read it. The articles that follow have certainly brought me up to speed. Hugo Slim – Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC), University of Oxford. [Extract from the foreword ofCommunications Technology and Humanitarian Delivery: Challenges and Opportunities for Security Risk Management.] The articles contained in this publication are dispatches…
Summary of Findings Military situation in Kobani has become worse with ISIS advances towards the town. The situation around the border is tense, and conflict has spilt onto the Turkish side on a number of occasions. Almost the entire civilian population of Kobani region has crossed the border into Turkey. Many of the displaced have moved to other cities (Urfa, Gaziantep, Birecik etc.), though a large population remain in the border-town of Suruc. Needs remain considerable in Suruc, and burden upon host community is increasingly difficult to manage. Local authorities (Suruc/Urfa Health Department, and municipalities of Suruc, Urfa, Diyabekir etc.)…
In the run up to the 2015 ALNAP Conference on 'Working Together', ALNAP and the authors of the Missed Opportunities report on strengthening national and partnership-based humanitarian responses are collaborating to launch a Community of Practice on Partnerships and Local Capacity in Emergencies. We are delighted to invite people to join this Community of Practice (CoP) who have a special interest or practical role working on these issues: • You may be working at the field level to deliver humanitarian programmes in a national or local organisation or government agency.• Or you may work for an international NGO working with…
With more than 8,000 confirmed, suspected and probable cases of Ebola and nearly 4,000 deaths, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the impact of this Ebola outbreak far surpasses all previous outbreaks registered since the disease was identified in 1976. But what type of crisis is this? Is this just another humanitarian crisis in a year unusually crowded with emergencies, or is it also a serious crisis of humanitarian governance? What kind of crisis is this? In popular culture and current media coverage, Ebola is often portrayed more as a civilisational crisis than a humanitarian one: the fear-mongering and…
As in previous years, the annual Aid Worker Security Database (AWSD) report has been launched today on World Humanitarian Day. The year 2013 set a new record for violence against civilian aid operations, with 251 separate attacks affecting 460 aid workers. The report, Unsafe Passage: Road attacks and their impact on humanitarian operations, provides the latest verified data on attacks against aid operations, and focuses on the particular security challenge of road travel.   The Aid Worker Security Database is a project of Humanitarian Outcomes. The AWSD research team welcomes feedback and comments on the report.
Launch of the book ‘Aid in Danger’ - Tuesday 19 August, ODI   Aid in danger: Violence against aid workers and the future of humanitarianism   19 August 2014, 14:00-15:30 - Overseas Development Institute (ODI), 203 Blackfriars Rd, SE1 8NJ London To register for this event and attend either in person or online, please follow this link: http://www.odi.org/events/3992-aid-danger-violence-against-aid-workers-future-humanitarianism   EISF and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) are pleased to invite you to the launch of 'Aid in Danger: The Perils and Promise of Humanitarianism' by Larissa Fast—a hard look at violent attacks against aid workers on the frontlines of humanitarian crises. Based on…
When the Emergency Capacity Building (ECB) Project was being designed just over a decade ago, humanitarian agencies faced several significant challenges. Disasters were increasing in frequency, severity and complexity, stretching the response capacities of the global humanitarian system. At the same time, standards for humanitarian response were becoming increasingly rigorous, resulting in increased pressure on agencies to demonstrate accountability and the impact of the assistance they were providing. One of the findings of the 2005 Humanitarian Response Review, commissioned by the UN Emergency Response Coordinator, Jan Egeland, was that, while links and collaboration between humanitarian actors were limited, it was…
Launch of EISF Report - Tuesday 8 July, King's College London Humanitarian action in Fragile Contexts: New actors in the Humanitarian Space Tuesday July 8, 2014 – 17h30 BST at King’s College London, Nash Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus, WC2R 2LS To register for this event, please contact Raquel Vazquez eisf-research@eisf.eu   EISF and the Humanitarian Futures Programme are pleased to invite you to a discussion on the key findings of our recent report The Future of Humanitarian Security in Fragile Contexts: An analysis of transformational factors affecting humanitarian action. The transformation of the humanitarian landscape has already made a significant impact on the security risk management…
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