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OFF THE CUFF is a participative blog run by the Crash. Its purpose is to expose the diversity of experiences and opinions that exist among humanitarian aid practitioners.

On-line comments as well as direct contributions are more than welcome (please send to crash@paris.msf.org).

Views expressed on this blog are those of their authors and do not necessarily relfect the official positions of Médecins Sans Frontières


Transitioning to national ownership : the case of Humanitarian Mine Action

Transitioning to national ownership : the case of Humanitarian Mine Action

"Should eventual transition from internationally managed programmes to national ownership always be a relevant and/or realistic goal? This is the central question of this post, which was originally researched as a part of a larger Master degree thesis (Sciences Po-Psia). The research addressing thi ...

Cheng, Celine23 July 2015

MSF and Srebrenica, 1993-2003

MSF and Srebrenica, 1993-2003

The case study ‘MSF and Srebrenica 1993-2003' explores the constraints and dilemmas raised when MSF spoke out about the events that occurred in Srebrenica's Muslim enclave. The enclave was besieged in 1993 and then seized by Bosnian Serb forces in July 1995. 8,000 men over the age of 16 were massac ...

Binet, Laurence17 July 2015

Boats

Boats

This post was originally posted on April 10, 2015 on the blog History & Humanitarianism, by Eleanor Davey, of the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (University of Manchester). It tells of the 'Boat for the Vietnam' episode, the MSF Search and Rescue operations to be launched in the M ...

Davey, Eleanor20 April 2015

The critical role of humanitarian critique

The critical role of humanitarian critique

In this article originally published on the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP) website, Bertrand Taithe (HCRI, University of Manchester), Juliano Fiori (Save the Children UK) and Michaël Neuman (MSF-Crash) discuss the important role of construc ...

Taithe, Bertrand; Fiori, Juliano; Neuman, Michael20 April 2015

Is medical care really under fire? A debate on humanitarian security

Is medical care really under fire? A debate on humanitarian security

Is there anything fundamentally new in the security challenges faced by humanitarian organisations? When looking at the history of humanitarian assistance, as far back as the late 1800s, 'medical care' was operating under fire. Numerous examples from a recent past indicate that humanitarians were n ...

Neuman, Michael21 November 2014

Risk Management and Humanitarian aid : an impossible marriage?

Risk Management and Humanitarian aid : an impossible marriage?

Clémentine Olivier is Humanitarian Affairs Advisor for the Canadian section of Médecins sans Frontières. In the article below, she reviews a recently published OCHA report 'Saving Lives Today and Tomorrow' (March 2014). ...

Olivier, Clémentine31 July 2014

Debate : The limits of humanitarianism in Gaza

Debate : The limits of humanitarianism in Gaza

A few days after the start of the operation 'Protective edge', Jonathan Whittall, Head of Humanitarian Analysis at Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) posted an opinion in which he questions MSF's role in Gaza. Michaël Neuman, Director of research at MSF - Crash responds. ...

Whittall, Jonathan; Neuman, Michael14 July 2014

The Poverty of Humanitarian Critique?

The Poverty of Humanitarian Critique?

While MSF has just recently launched a report, 'Where is everyone? ', aiming at exposing the limitations and deficiencies of the international aid response to crises, Bertrand Taithe, from the HCRI and a member of the scientific committee of the Crash asks whether the approach taken and the que ...

Taithe, Bertrand08 July 2014

Violence against Kosovar Albanians NATO’s intervention 1998-1999

Violence against Kosovar Albanians NATO’s intervention 1998-1999

The ‘ Violence against Kosovar Albanians NATO's intervention 1998-1999 ' case study describes the constraints and dilemmas facing Médecins Sans Frontières teams that witnessed a process of terror and expulsion which they described as the ‘deportation' of Kosovar Albanians by Serb forces. It also de ...

Binet, Laurence23 June 2014

MSF and the aid system: choosing not to choose

MSF and the aid system: choosing not to choose

We often hear it said within MSF that the aid system - that is to say all the institutional actors involved in international humanitarian aid - is unable to provide effective relief, or that the aid system's ability to provide aid is in decline. In a paper published on the Crash website , Rony Bra ...

Brauman, Rony; Neuman, Michael16 June 2014
 
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