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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


Humanitarian diplomacy, a fig leaf for extreme violence

Humanitarian diplomacy, a fig leaf for extreme violence

Interview with Michaël Neuman and Fabrice Weissman, research directors at Crash. On Wednesday 28 September, MSF is invited to attend a UN Security Council briefing on resolution 2286, adopted in May 2016, which strongly condemns attacks against medical personnel and establishments in conflict situa ...

Neuman, Michael; Weissman, Fabrice28 September 2016

Temporary palliatives to an ongoing humanitarian need: MSF’s intervention in Dunkirk

Temporary palliatives to an ongoing humanitarian need: MSF’s intervention in Dunkirk

In this paper, Angélique Muller and Michaël Neuman attempt to explore the lessons learnt through examining the decisions as well as the difficulties MSF encountered in its provision of assistance to migrants in Grande-Synthe. This article was originally published in Humanitarian Exchange Magazine # ...

Muller, Angélique ; Neuman, Michael20 September 2016

It’s really not a game

It’s really not a game

At the core of humanitarian action is the notion of humanity between humans, which leads to an inherent and inevitable struggle with real moral dilemmas. It means showing solidarity to one person and having to explain to another why you can't make resources available to them. The gamification of th ...

Lockyear, Chris; Buth, Pete02 September 2016

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
 
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