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Nov
2022
21

Issue 21 - India: a humanitarian countermodel?

India: countermodel, alternative or future partner?

Editorial

Balveer Arora - Pierre Micheletti

Together with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and specialised United Nations (UN) entities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from international civil society are the third-largest family of international actors. Still overwhelmingly Western, they bring together and organise citizens who share an ambition to change public policies in their countries of origin. But they also […]

India through Western eyes: a different way of managing humanitarian aid?

Focus

Julien Guillot, Justine Penan, Loé Grandclément

The Naxalite conflict in India: what role for humanitarian organisations?

Focus

Nancy Saurelle Ndjomo Kabayene, Samuel Cédric Ngueda

Premises

Reportage

Thomas Girondel

Mar
2022
19

Issue 19 - Moving away from childhood as an icon: an ethical and operational requirement

The place of the child in humanitarian action and communication: moving away from the cliché of childhood as icon

Valérie Gorin • Senior lecturer and researcher at the Centre of Humanitarian Studies, Geneva (University of Geneva and Graduate Institute) and member of the Humanitarian Alternatives Editorial Board Co-editor of this issue’s Focus, with Boris Martin, Editor-in-Chief

Ethics and research in humanitarian settings

Ethics

Christian Laval, Magali Bouchon

Nov
2021
18

Issue 18 - Migration and nationalisms: what path for NGOs?

The French Hautes-Alpes: community solidarity locks horns with a security ideology

Focus

Agnès Antoine, Ariane Junca, Guillaume Pégon, Luc Marchello, Philippe Hanus, Philippe Wyon

Indignity at the gates of Europe

Focus

Guy Caussé, Léna Lefebvre

Unwelcome in Brazil: the broken promise to Venezuelan refugees

Focus

Gerson Scheidweiler, Tyler Valiquette, Yvonne Su

Honduras, Lebanon, Nepal: civil society on the front lines of natural disasters and their daily consequences

Transitions

Arjun Bhattarai, Bibbi Abruzzini, José Ramón Ávila, Sarah Strack, Ziad Abdel Samad

About the possibility of controlling an HIV epidemic hotspot

Innovations

Elba Rahmouni, Léon Salumu Luzinga, Pierre Mendiharat

Jul
2021
17

Issue 17 - Research and humanitarian aid: the challenges of a collaboration

Researchers and humanitarian actors: moving from mistrust to efficiency

Editorial

Valéry Ridde

In spite of some notable bridge-building efforts and much joint work carried out in recent years, researchers and humanitarian actors continue to regard each other too often with suspicion rooted in a mutual lack of understanding. The former are still sometimes perceived as preaching from the comfort of their ivory tower while the latter are […]

Reunited

Reportage

Lâm Duc Hiên

Mar
2021
16

Issue 16 - Gender-based and sexual violence: the current state of the humanitarian sector

Humanitarian aid and the challenge of gender-based and sexual violence

Editorial

Jan Verlin

& Boris Martin • Editor-in-Chief In early 2018, several employees of a British non-governmental organisation (NGO) were accused of sexual abuse in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. What would become known as the “Oxfam scandal” shows that humanitarian aid is not immune to the scourge of gender-based and sexual violence. Other NGOs, as well as […]

Confronting sexual violence in Quebec’s international cooperation organisations

Focus

Anne Delorme, Isabelle Auclair, Jade St-Georges, Sophie Brière, Stéphanie Maltais

Bye bye, Moria?

Reportage

ReFOCUS Media Labs

Nov
2020
15

Issue 15 - Covid-19 (2): lessons learned and future challenges

The never-ending story

Editorial

François Grünewald

Joint editor with Boris Martin, Editor-in-Chief,  of this issue under a partnership between Humanitarian Alternatives and the International Humanitarian Studies Association We have not seen the end of the Covid-19 pandemic. After attempting to manage – with extremely variable results from one continent to another – the first episode of the pandemic during the first semester […]

Data collection: lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic in Rohingya refugee camps, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Focus

Candice Holt, Federica Mastroianni, Lamiya Mahpara Ahmed, Xiomara Hurni-Cranston

Between threats and opportunities: the Canadian response to Covid-19

Focus

David Grant-Poitras, Diane Alalouf-Hall, Jean-Marc Fontan, Stéphanie Maltais, Yvan Conoir

Jul
2020
14

Issue 14 - Covid-19: impacts in the humanitarian field

Humanitarian aid hit by Covid-19

Editorial

Boris Martin

The entire world has, to say the least, been “gripped” by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the “little” humanitarian world has not escaped. It was undoubtedly less surprised by this explosion, even though it is still trying to measure all the related direct and collateral damage. This is what this entire issue is about, since the […]

Mar
2020
13

Issue 13 - Generations: break point or fresh start?

The impact of generational change on humanitarian aid

Editorial

Sophie Zaccaria

Sophie Zaccaria est copilote du Focus de ce numéro, avec la participation de Pierre Gallien, directeur Impact, Information et Innovation à Humanité & Inclusion

Should the “new young humanitarians” hack the system?

Focus

Amélia Houmaïri-Romy, Vincent Taillandier

Lessons in localisation: the Fondation de France’s experiences in Nepal and in Indonesia

Transitions

Chaerul Umam, Haryanti Sunarta, Karine Meaux, Patrick Verbruggen

Use of research by NGOs: a call for reflection and action

Innovations

Christian Dagenais, Solange Dabiré, Valéry Ridde

Nov
2019
12

Issue 12 - Demography: figures and ills

Demographics in the service of Universal Health Coverage: examples in West Africa

Focus

Emmanuel Bonnet, Kadidiatou Kadio, Manuela De Allegri, Sarah Louart, Valéry Ridde

Jul
2019
11

Issue 11 - Climate change: understanding, anticipating, adapting

Humanitarian aid workers and the challenge of climate change

Editorial

Christophe Buffet

Christophe Buffet is co-director of this issue’s Focus “Are humanitarian aid workers ready to tackle the challenge of climate change?”  We were already asking ourselves this question in 2009[1]Christophe  Buffet, « Les humanitaires sont-ils prêts à relever le défi du changement climatique ? », Humanitaire, n° 23, décembre  2009, http://journals.openedition.org/humanitaire/598 on the eve of the COP15 in Copenhagen. Where do […]

Choices at the time of the climate emergency

Focus

Bruno Jochum, Carol Devine, François Delfosse, Léo Lysandre Tremblay, Maria Guevara

Mar
2019
10

Issue 10 - The urban bomb: which impact for humanitarian workers?

Cities: a new humanitarian field

Editorial

Boris Martin

From the plains of Solferino to the mountains of Afghanistan, by way of Ethiopian villages and the South American bush, humanitarian aid has mainly been forged at a distance from urban settings. Certainly, cities have never been spared their share of wars, natural disasters or epidemics. Lisbon, Hiroshima, Saigon, Beirut, Sarajevo and Sanaa spring to […]

Overcoming barriers for treating people who use drugs in an urban setting

Focus

Alexandra Malm , Carlota Silva , Dr Alan González , Dr Lucas Molfino 

Nov
2018
9

Issue 9 - 1968-2018: breakdown and continuity

About the critical junctures in humanitarian history

Editorial

Clara Egger

If ever there was an expression seemingly devised for the study of humanitarian action, the one that fits the bill perfectly is “critical juncture” – a series of events which, when combined, mark a turning point in the history of a society. The history of humanitarian action is punctuated with such junctures, the most visible […]

The United Against Inhumanity initiative

Tribune

Khaled Mansour, Antonio Donini, Jean-Baptiste Richardier

Lives in waiting

Culture

Karl Blanchet

Jul
2018
8

Issue 8 - The rise of new technologies: utility, misuse and meaning

New technologies put to the test of humanitarian ethics

Editorial

Danielle Tan - Pierre Gallien

Danielle Tan and Pierre Gallien are members of the editorial board and co-editors of this issue’s Focus Innovation is not a new phenomenon for leading actors of international solidarity. A number of historical examples has shown this, such as the creation of bamboo prostheses for Cambodian refugees by Handicap International in the 1980s, the development […]

Haiti: tensions between aid relief and development in the health sector

Perspectives

Andréanne Martel, Nicolas Lemay-Hébert, Patrick Robitaille

The arbitration required between possibilities of new technologies and usefulness for populations

Focus

Karine Le Roch  , Caroline Antoine, Jonathan Bureau, Melchior de Roquemaurel, Myriam Ait-Aissa, Nicolas Dennefeld

Mar
2018
7

Issue 7 - NGOs and the private sector (2): the State as an arbitrator?

Squaring the circle

Editorial

Boris Martin

Everybody has heard of the concept of squaring the circle, unsolved since ancient times, referring to the mathematical challenge of constructing a square with the same area as a given circle with a compass and a ruler. Humanitarian action has its own equivalent – amongst many others: the growing cohabitation of NGOs (non-governmental organizations) with the […]

Nov
2017
6

Issue 6 - NGOs and the private sector: threat or opportunity?

Businesses and NGOs: the maturity of a debate

Editorial

Boris Martin

For a number of years, the humanitarian ecosystem has been undergoing changes. One of the reasons for the existence of our review is to accompany this transition and open it up for debate by inviting its actors and observers to exchange with each other. If there is one phenomenon that is emblematic of this transformation, […]

Jul
2017
5

Issue 5 - Africa: between shadow and light

The challenges of humanitarian transition in Africa

Editorial

Virginie Troit - Jean-François Mattei

Modern humanitarian aid took shape and formulated its vision on European battlefields with the creation of the Red Cross. Almost a century later, in the 1960s, international aid, which was finishing its mission of European reconstruction, turned to Africa and the Third World. Development NGOs, national development aid agencies, and different programmes and funds of […]

Mar
2017
4

Issue 4 - Syria: the future in limbo

Regaining a sense of the humanitarian imperative

Editorial

Nathalie Herlemont-Zoritchak

You have to wake people up; to revolutionize their way of identifying things. You’ve got to create images they won’t accept; oblige them to express their outrage; force them to understand that they’re living in a pretty queer world, a world that’s not reassuring, a world that’s not what they think it is.” This quote […]

Crossing glances on Syria

Focus

Jean-Hervé Bradol, Laure Stephan, Matthieu Rey

The aid regime to Syria: a failed localisation

Focus

Alex Simon, Peter Harling, Rosalie Berthier

Seeing Syria again

Reportage

Agnès Varraine-Leca

Oct
2016
3

Issue 3 - Forced migrations: a global challenge

Forced migrations: a necessary humaneness

Editorial

Jean-Baptiste Richardier - Serge Breysse

We have discussed what would be the added value of Humanitarian Alternatives’ contributing to the abundant debate over migrants and moving populations. First and foremost, the migrant crisis constitutes a mandatory injunction for politicians to make the appropriate decisions, like the German Chancellor did in the summer of 2015. But it also challenges humanitarian actors […]

Apr
2016
2

Issue 2 - World Humanitarian Summit: questions remaining to be answered

The World Humanitarian Summit: What lies ahead?

Editorial

Benoît Miribel

After February’s inaugural release of Humanitarian Alternatives, it was obvious that this second issue could only be devoted to the first major event of its kind: the World Humanitarian Summit. Many of you will be present in Istanbul on May 23 and 24 to attend this great international gathering organized by the United Nations in […]

A humanitarian consensus à la française

Focus

Coordination SUD, Karine Penrose-Theis, Pauline Chetcuti

Jan
2016
1

Issue 1 - Ebola: the end of the nightmare?

Why risk publishing a new international humanitarian review?

Editorial

Benoît Miribel - Jean-Baptiste Richardier - Jean-Christophe Rufin - Jean-François Mattei

At the beginning of the 1970’s, the creation of Médecins sans Frontières wrote the first pages of a history in which numerous initiatives sharing a renewed conception of humanitarian action are inscribed. Close to half a century later the following recognition is required: the reputation of the “frontierless” movement remains attached to the original ruptures […]

Lessons from Ebola

Focus

Benoît Miribel, Jean-François Delfraissy

Ebola: past, present and future

Focus

David L. Heymann, Michael Edelstein

Breaking the Ebola virus transmission chains: the story of a deployment in Sierra Leone

Focus

Gaëlle Faure, Jean-Baptiste Richardier, Jérôme Besnier, Magalie Vairetto, Pauline Lavirotte

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