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Gender Perspectives on IHL

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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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 situations of conflict? Critically analyzing IHL from a gender perspective provides greater insight into many of the key humanitarian challenges in armed conflict, ranging from protecting refugees and displaced persons, to preventing sexual and gender-based violence, and limiting the harmful effects of weapons. It also highlights how gendered more...

Mount Gourougou, overlooking Spanish Melilla, was cleared of migrants by the police in February / Image (C) IRIN News

In the Same Boat: Morocco’s Migration Lessons for Europe

Friday, January 22, 2016

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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 soon find itself facing the dilemma of how to manage its newest residents - a challenge that Morocco has already faced. 

We are in the same boat.

#InTheSameBoat is a campaign created by a Harvard University field study exploring the lessons that Europe can learn more...

Refugees at Vienna West Railway Station during the European migrant crisis 2015. Image (C) Bwag/Commons

Data Collection and Refugee Protection

Thursday, December 17, 2015

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As the numbers of migrants and refugees entering Europe continue to increase, data collection and analysis, particularly through mobile technology, social media, and crowdsourcing, provide humanitarian actors with key insights into critical protection gaps and emerging trends. Yet the growing use of information technology over the last decade has also introduced new concerns regarding the ethics, security, and utility of data for the humanitarian sector. While expansive data collection has created opportunities for more effective aid delivery to displaced populations, humanitarian agencies must also address the growing need for more more...

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Supporting Community Resilience in Conflict

Thursday, November 19, 2015

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Resilience is an increasingly debated concept among humanitarian and development actors assisting communities impacted by natural disasters and armed conflict. Generally, there is acknowledgement of the need to strengthen individual, community and institutional mechanisms for coping with violence. Yet there is little agreement as to what resilience actually means, especially in the context of communities affected by conflict. Some consider resilience to be an end goal, while others consider it to be a process of adaptation.


Perspectives on Access: Engaging with Non-State Armed Groups

Thursday, October 22, 2015

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Gaining and maintaining access and proximity to beneficiaries is crucial to humanitarian assistance. In order to ensure the safety and protection of civilians, particularly in non-international armed conflicts, the international legal and humanitarian communities have attempted to apply humanitarian rules developed for armed conflicts between states to internal conflicts with armed groups. Yet in many of today’s operating environments, reliable humanitarian access is increasingly difficult to create and maintain due to the complex legal and political tensions. Humanitarian organizations working in these spaces must therefore more...

Practitioner Profile | Colombia in Transition with Joanna Radziukiewicz

Friday, October 2, 2015

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Colombia is on the verge of transition, as negotiators near agreement on a peace deal to end the country’s decades-long armed conflict between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. With this optimism about peace, however, comes recognition of the country’s manifold humanitarian challenges. Over 6 million Colombians have been internally displaced, for instance, the second largest population of IDPs in the world. As such, the humanitarian consequences of the conflict are likely to persist well into a post-conflict phase.

In this episode, ATHA speaks with Joanna Radziukiewicz, Country Manager for the more...

Migrants and asylum seekers queue up at Mytilene Port on the Greek island of Lesvos waiting for police clearance.  © Louisa Gouliamaki/IRIN

Responding to the Refugee Crisis in Europe

Thursday, September 24, 2015

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A global refugee crisis is rapidly unfolding in Europe. Driven by protracted conflicts and persecution in countries such as Syria, Afghanistan, and Eritrea, increasing numbers of refugees are making the dangerous journey in smugglers’ boats across the Mediterranean toward Greece and other European shores. European Union (EU) governments, international humanitarian organizations, and local agencies are struggling to address the influx of hundreds of thousands of displaced arriving at their borders. Existing legal, policy, and operational approaches to humanitarian protection have proven insufficiently adaptable to evolving more...

Stuart Campo

Innovation Series - Promoting Innovation in Humanitarian Action: Reflections by UNICEF’s Stuart Campo

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

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In light of the annual World Humanitarian Day on August 19th, ATHA has launched a special “Innovation Series”. This is a series of short podcast discussions with professionals and experts on areas of innovative thinking and development in the humanitarian sector.

In this episode, ATHA's Anaide Nahikian speaks with Stuart Campo, Innovation Deployment Specialist with UNICEF's Global Innovation Center.

Stuart leads remote and in-country support for UNICEF and partners in the adaptation and deployment of innovative solutions – for example, more...

Practitioner Profile | On World Humanitarian Day, Reflections on the Bombing of the UN in Baghdad with Claude Bruderlein

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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Each year on August 19th, the international community observes World Humanitarian Day, marking the tragic occasion of the bombing of the UN headquarters in the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq in 2003 in which 22 staff members and visitors were killed. As we commemorate the lives lost in the pursuit of humanitarian action around the globe, and the continued risks to aid workers in the field, what have we learned since 2003?

In this episode, ATHA speaks with Claude Bruderlein, Strategic Advisor to the President more...

Melissa Fleming

Innovation Series - Protection in Protracted Refugee Crises: An Interview with Melissa Fleming

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

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In this episode, ATHA's Anaïde Nahikian speaks with Melissa Fleming, Chief of Communications and Spokesperson for the High Commissioner, at UNHCR, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. They discuss the priorities for UNHCR in addressing the key drivers of vulnerability for displaced populations, and the generational consequences of protracted refugee crises -- looking particularly at the conflict in Syria and the Mediterranean migration crisis. They also explore the relationship between media, public opinion, and humanitarian policy in this context and how humanitarian actors can enhance the quality more...


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