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The Challenges of Professionalizing Humanitarian Action (Humanitarian Assistance Webcast 2)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Challenges of Professionalizing Humanitarian Action Held on Wednesday, October 5, 2011. According to ALNAP there are currently over 200,000 individuals working in humanitarian assistance and protection globally. Growing at a pace of 6% per year, this workforce is expected to double in size by 2020. Members of the workforce are composed in majority of professionals from the Global South with their specific needs in terms of professional development and limited access to traditional educational opportunities. This need for professional training that is at once specialized and universal presents the humanitarian sector with a number of challenges. Building from conversations from a survey conducted by the Harvard Program, this Humanitarian Assistance Webcast reviewed the type of challenges of providing professional development opportunities to these workers as part of efforts to professionalize the more...

ATHA Community Participation in Humanitarian Relief and Protection: From Principle to Reality

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

According to the Sphere Standards, disaster-affected populations should actively participate into the design, implementation and evaluation of humanitarian programs. Necessitating the involvement of beneficiaries is viewed as a way to lessen the inherent dependency in the aid relationship and inform the decisions of humanitarian planners and managers. However, from a practitioner's perspective, such participation of beneficiaries may become problematic in both the immediate delivery of assistance as well as the design of longer-term programs, particularly in terms of the independence of humanitarian action in times of armed conflict. Furthermore, arguments have been made that such participation in times of crises is for the most part subject to limited options and actual choices. Finally, one may wonder the extent to which leaders of communities, as compared to individual beneficiaries, should be engaged as the traditional representatives of communities' interests and expectations more...


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