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Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed

The MSF experience

15 November 2011

Magone, Claire ; Neuman, Michael ; Weissman, Fabrice

HURST

Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed

From international NGOs to UN agencies, from donors to observers of humanitarianism, opinion is unanimous: in a context of the alleged ‘clash of civilisations', our ‘humanitarian space' is shrinking. Put another way, the freedom of action and of speech of humanitarians is being eroded due to the radicalisation of conflicts and the reaffirmation of state sovereignty over aid actors and policies.

The purpose of this book is to challenge this assumption through an analysis of the events that have marked MSF's history since 2003 (when MSF published its first general work on humanitarian action and its relationships with governments). It addresses the evolution of humanitarian goals, the resistance to these goals and the political arrangements that overcame this resistance (or that failed to do so). The contributors seek to analyse the political transactions and balances of power and interests that allow aid activities to move forward, but that are usually masked by the lofty rhetoric of ‘humanitarian principles.' They focus on one key question: what is an acceptable compromise for MSF?

This book seeks to puncture a number of the myths that have grown up over the forty years since MSF was founded and describes in detail how the ideals of humanitarian principles and ‘humanitarian space' operating in conflict zones are in reality illusory. How, in fact, it is the grubby negotiations with varying parties, each of whom have their own vested interests, that may allow organisations such as MSF to operate in a given crisis situation - or not.

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Is it possible to buy a hard copy of this book? I would be interested in reading it while commuting but don't have an iPad.
Jonathan
17 February 2012 - 02:49 - email
Dear Jonathan, The book is available in bookshops and you can also buy it online on the publisher's website :http://www.hurstpub.co.uk/
The Crash team
20 February 2012 - 16:44
its quite amazing work .but of corsue we need to help the people and actually its a responsibility of every one studied medicine,,,,,i am medical student and i hope one day i will help a lot of people those need to help finally medicines sans frontier in an excellent organization which is my first ambition to work with them so i appreciated.thanks a lot jannifer .n well done
Akash
01 October 2013 - 08:52
Dear Crash Team, I was actually wondering if you were thinking about creatingKindel&Co compatible versions of this and other publications. I think that it would be interested since many of the people interested in these topics tipically live abroad and travel a lot. Best
CC
09 December 2013 - 09:30
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