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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


TRT World | The Newsmakers: US-Turkey Relations and Aid Agencies Under Attack

TRT World | The Newsmakers: US-Turkey Relations and Aid Agencies Under Attack

Michael Neuman is interviewed by TRT World about Doctors Without Borders/MSF's decision to pull out of Yemen and humanitarian security, challenging the idea that humanitarian action has become a greater danger to aid workers. ...

Neuman, Michael25 August 2016

Humanitarian Emergency in Northeast Nigeria

Humanitarian Emergency in Northeast Nigeria

Jean-Hervé Bradol, director of studies at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Centre de réflexion sur l'action et les savoirs humanitaires (MSF-CRASH), discusses the humanitarian emergency left in the wake of Boko Haram's occupation of Borno State, Nigeria. ...

Bradol, Jean-Hervé05 August 2016

Occupational hazards

Occupational hazards

In recent years, fear-mongering reports based on hard data have been describing a world of ever-increasing danger for aid workers. The book "Saving lives and staying alive" explores this observation and compares it with MSF's experience of working in particularly dangerous regions. ...

Neuman, Michael; Weissman, Fabrice29 July 2016

MSF suspension of EU funds: When short memory meets moral opportunism

MSF suspension of EU funds: When short memory meets moral opportunism

On June 17, 2016, Médecins sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) announced that it will no longer accept funds from the European Union and Member States, as a sign of protest against the closure of European borders to migrants and asylum seekers. "We reject the instrumentalisation of humani ...

Weissman, Fabrice25 June 2016

In Europe, confront cynism with hospitality

In Europe, confront cynism with hospitality

World Refugee Day will have served as a near universal reminder of the cynicism of European immigration and asylum policies: dissuasion that sacrifices thousands is the sole pillar of its policy for dealing with people fleeing war, persecution or untenable living conditions. While the EU and the re ...

Neuman, Michael21 June 2016

ATHA Podcast: Michaël Neuman about "Saving Lives and Staying Alive"

ATHA Podcast: Michaël Neuman about "Saving Lives and Staying Alive"

In this Practitioner Profile, ATHA, the Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action, is joined by Michaël Neuman, the director of studies at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Centre de réflexion sur l'action et les savoirs humanitaires (MSF-Crash). In a new book published by MSF entitled, "Savin ...

Neuman, Michael12 May 2016

The numbness of numbers

The numbness of numbers

We welcome Abby Stoddard, Katherine Haver and Adele Harmer's response to our critical article on the production and the use of security data in the humanitarian sector and to our book in general. In a field that has been very much lacking debate, if not controversies, we're extremely glad to se ...

Neuman, Michael; Weissman, Fabrice11 May 2016

Data are not dangerous: A response to recent MSF CRASH critiques

Data are not dangerous: A response to recent MSF CRASH critiques

In a May 4 post, Michaël Neuman, MSF CRASH, warns that misleading data are suggesting humanitarian aid work has become more dangerous, taking particular aim at the Aid Worker Security Database (AWSD) for helping perpetuate this myth. As the creators of the AWSD and longtime researchers of operation ...

Stoddard, Abby ; Harmer, Adele ; Haver, Katherine11 May 2016

A response to Andrew Cunningham and Chris Lockyear's review

A response to Andrew Cunningham and Chris Lockyear's review

Michaël Neuman, co-editor of "Saving Lives and Staying Alive. Humanitarian Security in the Age of Risk Management" responds to Chris Lockyear and Andrew Cunningham's review of the book. ...

Neuman, Michael03 May 2016

A response to Saving Lives and Staying Alive

A response to Saving Lives and Staying Alive

Andrew Cunningham, currently an independent humanitarian researcher and analyst and Chris Lockyear, the Director of Operations for ACF USA and a former Operations Manager for MSF Operational Center Amsterdam (MSF-OCA), have sent the following response to "Saving lives and Staying alive". Let the d ...

Cunningham, Andrew; Lockyear, Christopher02 May 2016
 
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