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Dying to help: A drift towards humanitarian martyrdom

In this piece published by The New Humanitarian, Fabrice Weismann discusses Médecins Sans Frontières' decision to keep working in Afghanistan in the name of a “humanitarian imperative” – and in contradiction of its own security policy. Read the full piece on The New Humanitarian's website

"Alors qu’elle était plus que jamais concernée par les défis engendrés par la propagation fulgurante du coronavirus, l’OMS est restée effacée." Entretien de Rony Brauman pour la revue Alters Media, accessible sur @nextseeE. https://t.co/hWQ3zB8A1A
In this piece published by @newhumanitarian, @FabWeissman discusses MSF's decision to keep working in Afghanistan in the name of a “humanitarian imperative” – and in contradiction of its own security policy. Read the full piece on The New Humanitarian. https://t.co/LXW3Hyjlzw
L’urgence sanitaire justifie-t-elle ce deuxième confinement et ses conséquences économiques et sécuritaires ? Retrouvez l'interview de Rony Brauman et Gaël Giraud paru sur @lobs. https://t.co/ElkS0Tue1m
[Conference-debate] Thursday 10 December 2020 at 6pm - How did humanitarian organisations come to describe and measure the suffering of victims using numerical indicators? Combining historical and ethnographic research, @GlasmanJo will be presenting his latest book on the topic.
Treatment of COVID-19 patients in a sports centre in Mexico.
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Covid-19 Reading List - Part 4

After a few months of respite the coronavirus epidemic has resumed its spread. With the second wave becoming a reality in many European countries, the Crash team decided to share some recent reading on the biomedical, political and social aspects of the pandemic in an attempt to shed some light on this tragic Season 2. As in previous editions, some articles are in English and some in French, and they are taken from both mainstream and specialist sources.

District de Jacobabad, Wasayo, Pakistan. Distribution de nourriture par le CICR à 945 foyers touchés par des inondations.
Article

The invention of impartiality: the history of a humanitarian principle, from a legal, strategic and algorithmic perspective

The principle of impartiality, which is often reduced to a principle of mathematical distribution, was originally coined by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), at that time on a quest for legitimacy. However, reducing impartiality to a resource distribution algorithm strengthens the overarching position held by non-territorial organisations. This is the theory put forward by the author in his latest book.

Deux femmes responsables de matériel MSF en Iran
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MSF and kidnappings - the secrets and the dilemmas

On the 31st January, a symposium was held at Sciences Po in support of Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal, researchers at Sciences Po's Center for International Research (CERI) who were arrested in Iran on June 5, 2019. Roland Marchal was released on 20th March 2020 in exchange for an Iranian engineer detained in France. On 6th May Fariba Adelkhah was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment for "propaganda against the political system of the Islamic Republic, and collusion to undermine national security". The researcher was offered conditional release on condition that she terminates her research, but she refused. 

The symposium brought together diplomats, journalists, humanitarians and researchers, with the aim of "nourishing reflection about prisoners and hostages, from a political, legal and ethical point of view". Fabrice Weissman presented the experience of Médecins Sans Frontières in the face of kidnappings.  
 

Conférence sur les Pratiques de MSF à Ouganda
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From bureaucratic inertia to “policy fragility”

Interview by Helai Hosseini. A first version was published on the website of the MSF France association on 31 July 2020.

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States, voices have risen within MSF denouncing the racist and discriminatory nature of our organization. Equal opportunity, they say, is not offered to all our employees. Founded in France in the early 70s by a handful of doctors and journalists, the organization has grown and become international,  now employing over 46,000 people around the world, nearly 39,000 of whom are recruited locally. How has MSF’s policy towards its personnel evolved down the years? What is currently being done to fight inequalities? Here is Jean Hervé Bradol’s take on the major phases that have marked MSF’s transformation and the ways in which discussions are engaged today.

CONFERENCES
& DEBATES

The quantification of needs

2020-12-10 17:00:00 2020-12-10 19:00:00 Europe/Paris The quantification of needs Conference-debate Thursday 10 December 2020 from 18:00 to 20:00. This conference is accessible on Starleaf for those who would like to ask questions live. Streaming and simultaneous translation in English available on Vimeo. Combining historical research and ethnographic investigations, the Africanist historian Joël Glasman plunges us into the factory of the homo humanitarianus, the average individual, on the basis of which "needs" and aid projects today are assessed. He will come and talk to us about it on Thursday, December 10th, during a conference-debate at Crash. 14-34 avenue Jean Jaurès 75019 PARIS France MSF CRASH

Conference-debate Thursday 10 December 2020 from 18:00 to 20:00. This conference is accessible on Starleaf for those who would like to ask questions live. Streaming and simultaneous translation in English available on Vimeo.

Combining historical research and ethnographic investigations, the Africanist historian Joël Glasman plunges us into the factory of the homo humanitarianus, the average individual, on the basis of which "needs" and aid projects today are assessed. He will come and talk to us about it on Thursday, December 10th, during a conference-debate at Crash.

Post Kala Azar - Fulbaria, Bangladesh 2015
Debate

"The sentinels of pandemics": conversation between Frédéric Keck and Guillaume Lachenal

Frédéric Keck
Guillaume Lachenal

Due to recent developments, this conference originally scheduled for November 3 has been postponed. A new date will be announced shortly.

This conference will only be accessible online due to the current exceptional circumstances.  To watch the conference and ask your questions: 

French version

English version

View all Conferences & Debates

Publications

District de Jacobabad, Wasayo, Pakistan. Distribution de nourriture par le CICR à 945 foyers touchés par des inondations.
Article

The invention of impartiality: the history of a humanitarian principle, from a legal, strategic and algorithmic perspective

The principle of impartiality, which is often reduced to a principle of mathematical distribution, was originally coined by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), at that time on a quest for legitimacy. However, reducing impartiality to a resource distribution algorithm strengthens the overarching position held by non-territorial organisations. This is the theory put forward by the author in his latest book.

Deux femmes responsables de matériel MSF en Iran
Article

MSF and kidnappings - the secrets and the dilemmas

On the 31st January, a symposium was held at Sciences Po in support of Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal, researchers at Sciences Po's Center for International Research (CERI) who were arrested in Iran on June 5, 2019. Roland Marchal was released on 20th March 2020 in exchange for an Iranian engineer detained in France. On 6th May Fariba Adelkhah was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment for "propaganda against the political system of the Islamic Republic, and collusion to undermine national security". The researcher was offered conditional release on condition that she terminates her research, but she refused. 

The symposium brought together diplomats, journalists, humanitarians and researchers, with the aim of "nourishing reflection about prisoners and hostages, from a political, legal and ethical point of view". Fabrice Weissman presented the experience of Médecins Sans Frontières in the face of kidnappings.  
 

Conférence sur les Pratiques de MSF à Ouganda
Article

From bureaucratic inertia to “policy fragility”

Interview by Helai Hosseini. A first version was published on the website of the MSF France association on 31 July 2020.

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States, voices have risen within MSF denouncing the racist and discriminatory nature of our organization. Equal opportunity, they say, is not offered to all our employees. Founded in France in the early 70s by a handful of doctors and journalists, the organization has grown and become international,  now employing over 46,000 people around the world, nearly 39,000 of whom are recruited locally. How has MSF’s policy towards its personnel evolved down the years? What is currently being done to fight inequalities? Here is Jean Hervé Bradol’s take on the major phases that have marked MSF’s transformation and the ways in which discussions are engaged today.