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Recent scientific and technological advances have given rise to unprecedented means and methods of warfare. Some of these new technologies —...

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Despite the Yemeni Government’s commitment to the 2014 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan and ongoing efforts toward a sustainable political transition, the country’s humanitarian situation remains dire. As Yemen struggles to sustain a series of ceasefires, strengthen its central authority, and provide humanitarian...

ATHA mapped educational opportunities available to Humanitarian Professionals. The programs were divided into two categories: the first, professional trainings and the second, Masters Programs. In total ATHA found 528 Masters Programs from 255 different universities and 122 and training Programs from 31 organizations.

In the year 2008, for the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population was living in urban areas. Cities have become more numerous, more populous, and denser. The complexity and density of urban environments significantly alter the viability of certain humanitarian protection strategies that might work well in rural, more sparsely populated areas. In addition, it has become difficult to draw the line between acute and chronic vulnerability and therefore, the identification...

The performance of the international humanitarian system has been under the scrutiny of a number of evaluative reports in recent months – particularly in relation to its actions and inactions in Sri Lanka, 2009. Notably, the reports present a steadfast recognition that lessons must be learned within and across organizations. However, how such conclusions will be integrated in practice still remains unclear.

Faced with a state apparatus determined to dictate the parameters of access...

Humanitarian actors have increasingly recognized that successful disaster risk reduction (DRR) projects must be conceived as long-term, holistic initiatives geared toward enhancing the ways that states and societies approach resilience. Additionally, the humanitarian sector has learned that the success of long-term projects hinges on the participation of an actively engaged local community. In fact, this notion — that humanitarian action should be centered on the active participation of...

A central tenet of international humanitarian assistance is to fulfill the needs of a population unmet by the state in time of crisis. As such, a great deal of importance is placed upon how this need is calculated, how the collection of information might be standardized, and how the gathered information might be better shared. Despite this emphasis, it is unclear to what extent this information is used by operational decision makers.

Indeed, action on the basis of need is seen as...

As the Global Humanitarian Assistance (GHA) 2012 Report notes, humanitarian needs in 2011 decreased from those of the previous year. Financing requests dropped by 21% and the overall funding response decreased by 9% from 2010 to 2011. However, despite this shift, the gap in unmet financing widened. According to the GHA report, "the proportion of humanitarian financing needs within the UN CAP [United Nations Consolidated Appeals Process] appeal that remained unmet in 2011 was greater, at 38...

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As the planet warms, the vulnerability of communities in less developed countries rises. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in 2008, 20 million people were displaced by climate-related sudden onset disasters. Additionally, as AlertNet reports, in 2011, floods, typhoons, and...

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During the humanitarian reform process launched in 2005, humanitarian actors introduced early recovery as a humanitarian cluster to facilitate policy linkages between humanitarian relief and development. However, the scope of the early recovery cluster has since broadened to encompass a host of additional transitional activities — including stabilization and peacebuilding — relevant to post-conflict contexts.

As the early...

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Despite improvements in the coordination and delivery of humanitarian assistance in recent decades, armed conflict remains a leading public health concern. Mortality rates have declined in camps for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDP), but overcrowding in camps, limited supplies of potable water, and poor sanitation have...

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The scope and character of peace-building and stabilization missions significantly affect the work of humanitarian actors. Across a range of contexts, humanitarian actors must balance principled action alongside considerations of peace. An operational format that gained traction in Boutros-Ghali’s 1992 “Agenda for Peace,” peace-...

This course will offer operational training and instruction on IHL and particular focus will be put on the role and responsibility of civil society with regard to IHL.

Target group:
Participants include relevant Swedish and international organizations and actors on all levels working within a humanitarian context.

Interested participants should be
•Mid-career and senior management professionals seeking to benefit from a broader understanding of humanitarian issues...

The training is based on modules covering key aspects of the protection of IDPs. These modules address the following topics:
- The IDP definition
- The Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement
- Protection from displacement
- Protection during displacement
- The Actors: The "collaborative response" to internal displacement
- Gender approach to displacement
- Durable solutions to displacement

Target group:
Targeted organisations...

The key objective of the Advanced Training on Humanitarian Action (ATHA) project is to enhance capability of professionals in the humanitarian sector to manage and lead teams of professionals in multifaceted, remote and often hazardous missions.

The ATHA learning tools provide participants already involved in development, transition, and humanitarian contexts with a combination of online and in-person learning modules that introduce the key legal, political and organizational concepts and perspectives as they are relevant for the preparation, response to and management of complex emergencies.

Through a sustained engagement the ATHA blended learning model aims to build operational capacity; analyze and confront key policy challenges; facilitate cross-organizational learning; and mobilize change through a community of practice.

ATHA is administered by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative's Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) and the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard. It is supported by the generosity of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

The Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action, (ATHA) aims to build a foundation of insightful and continuous dialogue on humanitarian issues among relevant stakeholders. For purpose of having a place for discussions on emerging humanitarian challenges and creation of an ATHA Alumni Network the ATHA Team has created a LinkedIn group