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OFF THE CUFF

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


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

Managing the risks to medical personnel working in MSF projects in Yemen

Managing the risks to medical personnel working in MSF projects in Yemen

Michaël Neuman has just published a paper, in Humanitarian Exchange Magazine (issue 61, May 2014 ) focusing on the exposure to risk for medical personnel working in MSF projects in Yemen. This article is the result of a research conducted in Yemen in 2013. A more longer version of this research was ...

Neuman, Michael05 June 2014

Central African Republic: Questions around a forced exodus

Central African Republic: Questions around a forced exodus

For a few months now, the world's response to the organized expulsion of the Muslim community out of the Central African Republic (CAR) can best be described as strikingly mute. The expulsions, which are in particular taking place in Bangui, the capital city, and the Western regions, are set agains ...

Neuman, Michael; Chedorge, Delphine05 May 2014

The Great Lakes of Africa Crises 1994-1997

The Great Lakes of Africa Crises 1994-1997

The Great Lakes of Africa Crises 1994-1997 MSF Speaking out cases studies are out. The first case study: Genocide of Rwandan Tutsis 1994 depicts the MSF reaction when confronted with systematic extermination of Rwandan Tutsis between April and July 1994. The case studies draw from internal field re ...

Binet, Laurence04 April 2014

Collecting data on sexual violence: what do we need to know? The case of MSF in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Collecting data on sexual violence: what do we need to know? The case of MSF in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Claire Magone has just published a paper, in Humanitarian Exchange Magazine (issue 60, February 2014 ) focusing on gender-based violence (GBV) in humanitarian crises. In an article called "Collecting data on sexual violence: what do we need to know? The case of MSF in the Democratic Republic of C ...

Magone, Claire20 February 2014
 
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