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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


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, Michael11 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

Saving Lives and Staying Alive. Humanitarian Security in the Age of Risk Management

Saving Lives and Staying Alive. Humanitarian Security in the Age of Risk Management

The latest book by MSF-Crash is out. "Saving Lives and Staying Alive. Humanitarian Security in the Age of Security Management", co-directed by Michaël Neuman and Fabrice Weissman" is published by Hurst and Co. ...

Weissman, Fabrice ; Neuman, Michael29 March 2016

The response to the Ebola epidemic: negligence, improvisation and authoritarianism

The response to the Ebola epidemic: negligence, improvisation and authoritarianism

This article was first published in the inaugural issue of the new review Humanitarian Alternatives, on February 2016 If MSF has held a preponderant position in the response to the Ebola crisis, it owes it just as much to its intervention capacities as to its capacity for criticism. The following ...

Bradol, Jean-Hervé08 February 2016

Soon released! Saving Lives and Staying Alive

Soon released! Saving Lives and Staying Alive

The latest book from Crash, "Saving Lives and Staying Alive. Humanitarian Security in the Age of Risk Management" will be out very soon! Find out more on our publisher's website. ...

Weissman, Fabrice ; Neuman, Michael08 February 2016

MSF and the war in the former Yugoslavia 1991-2003

MSF and the war in the former Yugoslavia 1991-2003

On 14 December 1995, the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords ended the separatist war in former Yugoslavia and created the State of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Twenty years on, MSF reveals how the organization spoke out about a conflict marked by ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity, targeted assau ...

Binet, Laurence15 January 2016
 
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