10 February 2012

Focus on Humanitarian Assistance

The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) recently issued a call for papers for "Humanitarianism: Past, Present and Future?," a conference that will be held in Manchester, UK, 8 -10 November 2012. The deadline for submissions is 20 April 2012. Here's the blurb:

While the field of humanitarian studies is growing rapidly, it remains unclear if and in what way the research offered by historians and social scientists enters into the reflections of practitioners and policy makers. This three-day conference will explore the past, present, and future of humanitarianism, emphasising links between scholars and practitioners in order to forge better understanding of the humanitarian field. It will provide a platform for mutual reflection by showcasing recent historical and social science scholarship, while also involving practitioners as respondents to such work, so as to better inform both contemporary scholarship and the practice of humanitarian intervention.

Recent publications that relate to humanitarian assistance include:

Combating "Compassion Fatigue" and Other Reporting Challenges (WorldBridge Blog, Feb. 2012) [text]

Crises in a New World Order: Challenging the Humanitarian Project (Oxfam, Feb. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb] [other languages]

Disaster Risk Management for Insecure Contexts (Action Contre la Faim, Oct. 2011) [text via ReliefWeb]

Engaging Humanitarian Actors in Geneva (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, Feb. 2012) [text]

Humanitarian and Development Assistance: Project Evaluations and Better Information Sharing Needed to Manage the Military’s Efforts (U.S. Government Accountability Office, Feb. 2012) [text]

Making Gender Matter in Humanitarian Operations: A Review of Selected UN Organisations' Awareness and Practical Implementation of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee’s Gender Handbook in Humanitarian Action (Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, Jan. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]
- Reviews UNHCR, WFP, Unicef, and OCHA.

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