Tag Archives: humanitarian assistance

New Thematic Publications on Health; Humanitarian Assistance; and Statelessness

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

New Publications on Health

Access to Healthcare in Europe in Times of Crisis and Rising Xenophobia: An Overview of the Situation of People Excluded from Healthcare Systems (Médecins du Monde, April 2013) [access]

“Discourse on Malaria Elimination: Where Do Forcibly Displaced Persons Fit in These Discussions?,” Malaria Journal 12:121 (April 2013) [open access text]

“Family Therapy Sessions with Refugee Families: A Qualitative Study,” Conflict and Health 7:7 (March 2013) [open access text]

“A Framework and Methodology for Navigating Disaster and Global Health in Crisis Literature,” PLOS Currents Disasters (April 2013) [open access text]

Refugee Health Care: Impacts of Recent Cuts (Canadian Council for Refugees, Feb. 2013) [text via Oppenheimer Chair]

“Vitamin D Status of Refugees Arriving in Canada: Findings from the Calgary Refugee Health Program,” Canadian Family Physician, vol. 59, no. 4 (April 2013) [free full-text]

New Publications on Humanitarian Assistance

Engineering’s Place In Humanitarian Work (KERA, April 2013) [access]

The High Commissioner’s Structured Dialogue on NGO-IFRC-UNHCR Partnership: An Initiative to Improve Partnership between UNHCR and NGOs in 2012 and Beyond (UNHCR, Jan. 2013) [text]

Innovation to the Rescue: New Ideas, Partnerships, and Technologies for Helping Refugees (Policy Innovations, March 2013) [text]

Let’s Hear it for the Monolith (ALNAP Blog, April 2013) [text]

Scoping Study: What Works in Protection and How Do We Know? (Global Public Policy Institute, March 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

New Publications on Statelessness

A new statelessness determination procedure came into effect in the United Kingdom in early April 2013.  UNHCR noted that this development provides “a positive example to other countries that are parties to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons but which have not taken steps to implement the Convention….”   For more information about the procedure, read the briefing note prepared by Asylum Aid, as well as various related blog posts here, here, and here.


Half Stateless (Refugees International Blog, April 2013) [text]
– Brief report on the Conference for the Stateless in Kuwait, 15-16 April 2013.

Protecting Stateless Palestinian Refugees: The EU Court of Justice Opens a New Chapter (ENS Blog, April 2013) [text]
– Discusses recent El Kott judgment.

Stateless People and Microfinance Intuitions (Statelessness Programme Blog, April 2013) [text]

Surprise! A Simulation on Statelessness (Active Learning in Political Science, April 2013) [text]

Without a Legal Home: Statelessness in the Bahamas (HR Brief Blog, Feb. 2013) [text]

New Thematic Publications on Children/Education; Humanitarian Assistance; and Climate Change/Natural Disasters

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

New Publications on Children/Education

UNHCR has published a new global review, this time on displaced youth.  Here’s part of the description:

“This review explores UNHCR’s engagement with displaced youth, refugees and IDPs, by analysing the agency’s mandate in relation to youth through its policies, guidelines and strategies, institutional infrastructure, approaches to identifying and responding to the needs of displaced youth, current funding, programmes and monitoring and evaluation processes.”

It concludes: “Displaced youth may well constitute a majority within the population of concern to UNHCR, but because of the lack of clarity of concept, limited policy focus, little dedicated funding and limited comprehensive youth programming, this segment of displaced populations has become largely invisible within UNHCR.”

Other publications:

Age Assessment: A Technical Note (UNICEF, Jan. 2013) [text via Refworld]

Children First and Foremost: A Guide to Realising the Rights of Children and Families in an Irregular Migration Situation (PICUM, Feb. 2013) [text]

Immigration: mineurs non accompagnés (European Commission, Feb. 2013) [text]

Rapid Assessment of Refugee Education in Kampala: With a Focus on Access to Primary and Secondary Education amongst Congolese Refugees (Xavier Project, Oct. 2012) [text]

Refugee and Immigrant Students: Achieving Equity in Education (Information Age Publishing, 2012) [info]

New Publications on Humanitarian Assistance

Evidence & Knowledge in Humanitarian Action, Background Paper for 28th ALNAP Meeting, Washington, DC, 5-7 March 2013  (ALNAP, Feb. 2013) [text]

“Humanitarian Aid: Are Effectiveness and Sustainability Impossible Dreams?,” Journal of Humanitarian Assistance (March 2013) [full-text]

Interview with Jérémie Labbé on the Future of Humanitarianism (Global Observatory, Feb. 2013) [text]

Understanding Resilience (IRIN, March 2013) [text]
– Introduction to an in-depth analysis on “Building Resilience.”

New Publications on Climate Change/Natural Disasters

Climate Change, Migration and Security: Best Practice Policy and Operational Options for Mexico (Royal United Services Institute, Jan. 2013) [text via Oppenheimer Chair]

Climate Displacement Law Project: Towards an International Legal Standard (Displacement Solutions, March 2013) [text]

“Climate Refugees,” Entry in Climate Change: An Encyclopedia of Science and History (ABC-CLIO, Jan. 2013 [Google Books]
– Most of the entry can be previewed via Google Books; scroll to pp. 286-292.

ClimMig Conference on Human Rights, Environmental Change, Migration and Displacement, Vienna, 20-21 September 2012 [access]
– Keynote speeches and papers presented at the conference are available.

In the Neighborhood: The Growing Role of Regional Organizations in Disaster Risk Management (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, March 2013) [text]
– See also related UpFront blog post.

Natural Disasters as Threats to Peace, Special Report, no. 324 (U.S. Institute of Peace, Feb. 2013) [text]




New Thematic Publications on Legal Issues; Climate Change; and Humanitarian Assistance

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

New Publications on Legal Issues

A Case for Asylum for Individuals Persecuted on Account of Being Accused of Witchcraft (Birdsong’s Law Blog, April 2013) [text]

Former ICC Defendant – Ngudjolo – Applies for Asylum in the Netherlands (EJIL: Talk, March 2013) [text]

The Limits of the Law (Garden Court Immigration Blog, March 2013) [text]
– Review of Borderline Justice: The Fight for Refugee and Migrant Rights (Pluto Press, Oct. 2012)

The Revival of the Pacific Solution: An Analysis of the Legal Parameters of Offshore Processing in Australia, UNSW Student Legal Research Series, Research Paper, no. 13-03 (UNSW, March 2013) [text]

“Social Visibility and Particularity in Asylum: Gaitan v. Holder and the Ironic Requirement of Social Perception to Avoid Persecution,” Boston College Journal of Law and Social Justice, vol. 33, no. 3 (2013) [full-text]

New Publications on Climate Change

Challenges relating to Climate Change Induced Displacement, Remarks at International Conference on “Millions of People without Protection: Climate Change Induced Displacement in Developing Countries,” Berlin, 29 January 2013 (UNHCR, Jan. 2013) [text]

“Climate Change-induced Displacement: Definitional Issues and Concerns,” Chicago-Kent Journal of Environmental and Energy Law, vol. 2, no. 2 (2011-2012) [full-text]

“Collapsing Societies and Forced Migration,” FMR 25th Anniversary Collection (March 2013) [text]

Human Mobility in the Context of Loss and Damage from Climate Change: Needs, Gaps, and Roles of the Convention in Addressing Loss and Damage, Joint Submission to the SBI Work Program on Loss and Damage (UNHCR et al., Oct. 2012) [text]
– Note: “Convention” refers to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

“Protection Measures Relating to Climate Change and Environmental Refugees—International Law Regime and the Practices of the EU and the USA,” EurAmerica: A Journal of European and American Studies, vol. 43, no. 1 (March 2013) [abstract]
– Note: The full-text of the article is available in Chinese.

New Publications on Humanitarian Assistance

Holding Politicians to Account for Aid Pledges (IRIN, March 2013) [text]

How Services, not “Innovation,” Can Change Lives (WhyDev, March 2013) [text]

Humanitarian Fiction Challenge: Spy Thriller (Humanitarian Fiction Blog, March 2013) [text]

An Introduction to Cash-Based Interventions in UNHCR Operations (UNHCR, March 2012) [text]

Lessons Learned? The Role of Humanitarians in Protection Response, Humanitarian Assistance Webcast, no. 16, 27 March 2013 [access]
– Follow link for video.

Perspectives on the Future of Humanitarian Action, Web Seminar, 13 March 2013 [access]
– Follow link for video.

The Politics of Aid, London, 14 March 2013 [text]
– Follow link for transcript of speech.

Relationships between Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Service Delivery and Peace-building and State-building: A Review of the Literature, Working Paper, no. 362 (ODI, Dec. 2012) [text via DFID]



New Thematic Publications on Humanitarian Assistance; Statelessness and Violence Against Women

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

New Publications on Humanitarian Assistance

“Building Effective and Sustainable Partnerships,” Keynote Address to the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference (DIHAD), Dubai, 25 March 2013 [text]

Evolution of Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict (Govt. of Australia & Oxfam, April 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Global Aid Drops as Rich Nations Struggle (IRIN, April 2013) [text]

Nutrition of Older People in Emergencies (HelpAge, Feb. 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]
– Module 23 in the Harmonised Training Package (HTP): Resource Material for Training on Nutrition in Emergencies (Global Nutrition Cluster, 2011)

Operating in Insecurity: Shifting Patterns of Violence against Humanitarian Aid Providers and their Staff (1996-2010) (Insecurity Insight, April 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Professional Standards for Protection Work Carried out by Humanitarian and Human Rights Actors in Armed Conflict and Other Situations of Violence (ICRC, April 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

New Publications on Statelessness

Childhood in the Migrant City (Statelessness Programme Blog, April 2013) [text]

Citizens of Nowhere (Mail & Guardian, April 2013) [access]
– Follow link for slideshow (see photo at left).

Europe’s Birth Registration Stumbling Blocks (ENS Blog, March 2013) [text]

Roma Statelessness in Italy – Field Research Reveals Long-awaited Data (ENS Blog, April 2013) [text]

Statelessness and Human Rights in the Americas, 147th Session of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Washington, DC, 7-22 March 2013 [access]
– Follow link for video.


Ukraine acceded to both statelessness conventions on 25 March 2013.  The 1954 Convention now has a total of 77 states parties, while the 1961 Convention has a total of 51.  For more information, visit this UNHCR web page documenting state action on statelessness.

New Publications on Violence Against Women

“Domestic Violence Asylum Claims and Recent Developments in International Human Rights Law: A Progress Narrative?,” International and Comparative Law Quarterly, vol. 60, no. 2 (April 2011) [free full-text thru. 2013]

Gender-based Violence among Displaced Women and Girls with Disabilities: Findings from Field Visits 2011–2012 (Women’s Refugee Commission, Feb. 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Responding to Gender-based Violence in Emergencies (Australian Red Cross, March 2013) [text]

Unprotected and Unrecognized: The Ontological Insecurity of Migrants Who Are Denied Protection from Domestic Violence in their Home Countries and as Refugee Claimants in Canada, Working Paper, no. 96 (CERIS, Feb. 2013) [text]



Re-Blog: Relief on Film

Re-blogged from the Voluntary Action History Society:

The symbiotic relationship between the humanitarian sector and those who document its work is by no means an easy one. This point seems likely to be made again with Fatal Assistance, a documentary by Raoul Peck due to screen in London on Saturday as part of the Human Rights Watch film festival. It offers a critique of relief efforts in Haiti following the devastating earthquake of 2010.

For UK viewers, Peck’s film comes off the back of a feature-length piece – tellingly entitled The Trouble with Aid – screened by the BBC late last year. Made with the cooperation of key figures from the humanitarian sector, it portrayed fifty years of humanitarian aid as a story of manipulation and compromise. This clip discussing the camps for Rwandan refugees following the 1994 genocide gives a sense of the filmmakers’ approach:

Link to The trouble with Aid: Rwanda to Goma – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p012614

The documentary’s take on humanitarian history provoked a lively debate amongst sector experts but its tenets were hardly new. For instance, a 1996 documentary by former Médecins sans Frontières head Rony Brauman (La pitié dangereuse, Arte) made many similar points. Brauman’s documentary came in the wake of the experiences in Rwanda and discoveries about the cooptation of refugee camps by the Khmer Rouge in the 1980s.

Regardless of the whether you share their views, we should be glad that these critical documentaries now get an airing. Recently a friend brought my attention to Ken Loach’s 1969 documentary about Save the Children (SCF). It is notoriously hard to get your hands on. This is because for a long time, Save the Children (which had commissioned the film and part-financed it) insisted that it not be broadcast in any way. As Leo Entnicknap explained on the VAHS blog, rather than making a supportive piece about SCF’s combat against poverty in the UK and abroad, Loach lambasted the ‘sticking-plaster solutions’ that he saw in their programmes and the class prejudice and colonialism of their work in England and Kenya. The single copy only narrowly escaped being trashed entirely.

After more than forty years under lock and key, the unfinished film screened in 2011. A panel discussion brought Loach and the film’s producer Tony Garnett together with the present chief executive of SCF-UK, Justin Forsythe, to discuss the film’s fate and its relevance to current affairs. This Q&A is well worth watching for a glimpse into some of the workings of censorship and changing attitudes towards the recipients of aid, as well as the insight that the repudiation of the past is often better served by acknowledging errors than avoiding them.

Such documentaries are contentious because they have the potential to reach a far greater audience than the grey literature and academic analyses that often share their critiques. Countless studies have made in print the same points about manipulation, paternalism, or misuse of funds, and will no doubt continue to do so; though they may be more nuanced than documentaries, this is by no means automatic. But in a fast-moving field where public opinion counts, the medium can have a huge impact on the power of the message.


New Publications on Humanitarian Assistance; Development Aid; and Work-related Issues

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

New Publications on Humanitarian Assistance

“Humanitarian Action: A Victim of Its Own Success?,” Forced Migration Review 25th Anniversary Collection (Feb. 2013) [text]

Improving Communication between Aid Agencies and Crisis-affected People: Lessons from the Infoasaid Project, Network Paper, no. 74 (Humanitarian Practice Network, Feb. 2013) [text]

Knowledge Management in Practice – Implementing Effective Knowledge Management in Emergencies: A Case Study from Somalia WASH Cluster (Regional Emergency Cluster Advisor Project, 2013) [text via Eldis]

The Use and Abuse of Humanitarian Principle (IRIN, Feb. 2013) [text]
– Discusses The Golden Fleece (Kumarian Press, Oct. 2012).

The Use of Evidence in Humanitarian Decision Making (ACAPS & Feinstein International Center, Jan. 2013) [text]

New Publications on Development Aid

“Development Cooperation in Fragile States: Filling or Perpetuating Gaps?,” Conflict, Security & Development, vol. 12, no. 5 (2012) [free full-text]
– Introduction to special issue on “The challenges of effective development cooperation in fragile states.”

“Education in Areas of Protracted Conflict,” Panel at Harvard African Development Conference, Cambridge, MA, 8-9 March 2013 [info]

“Flight to Nowhere: Refugees’ Plight is Worsening as their Numbers Grow and their Nature Changes,” The Economist, 2 March 2013 [text]
– “Helping [refugees] increasingly resembles development aid, explains António Guterres, the head of UNHCR.”

The Humanitarian Side of Statelessness; Statelessness within the Framework of the Millennium Development Goals (SSRN, Feb. 2013) [text]

Putting Refugees on the Development Agenda (New World, posted March 2012) [text]

“Refugees: The Millennium Development Goals’ Overlooked Priority Group,” Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, vol. 10, no. 4 (2012) [extract]

Still Minding the Gap? A Review of Efforts to Link Relief and Development in Situations of Human Displacement, 2001-2012, PDES/2013/01 (UNHCR, Feb. 2013) [text]

New Publications on Work-related Issues

“Do Illegal Immigrants Actually Hurt the U.S. Economy?,” New York Times, 12 Feb. 2013 [text via Oppenheimer Chair]

Internally Displaced Persons in the Georgian Labour Market (Tbilisi State University, May 2012) [text]

ECRI Report on Ireland (European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, Feb. 2013) [text]
Press release notes an ongoing concern is “asylum seekers may not engage in paid employment.”

“Rebuilding Lives and Livelihoods: Haiti’s Long Road to Recovery through Skills Development and Training for Internally Displaced Persons,” Migration Policy Practice, vol. III, no. 1 (Feb./March 2013) [text]
– Scroll to p. 19.

Refugee Self-Employment – Soap Making in Tanzania (Refugee Work Rights Blog, Feb. 2013) [text]

Roundtable on Private Business Engagement in the Integration of Refugees, Brussels, 12 Dec. 2012 [info]
– Follow link for agenda, presentations and photos; organized by the European Resettlement Network.



New Publications on Forced Migration Studies and Humanitarian Assistance

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

New Publications on Forced Migration Studies

The International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM) convenes biennially to “develop greater understanding of the implications of forced movement” and to review the current status of forced migration as a field of study.  IASFM14 was just held in Kolkata, India, 6-9 January 2013, and videos of the plenary sessions, including the rapporteur’s presentation, are now available.


“Forced Migration: State of the Field,” Peace Prints: South Asian Journal of Peacebuilding, vol. 4, no. 1 (Summer 2012) [full-text]

Impacting the World One Paper Upload at a Time (Knowledge in Migration, Jan. 2013) [text]
– Advocates open access to scholarly forced migration research.

International Seminar on Demographic Perspectives on Refugees and Forced Migration, Tehran, 13-15 May 2012 [text]

Refugee Studies: The Challenge of Translating Hope into Reality (openDemocracy, Jan. 2013) [text]

Taking Stock of Internal Displacement: Twenty Years On, Geneva, 28-29 November 2012 [text]
– Conference report.

New Publications on Humanitarian Assistance

2011-12 Annual Review of Aid Effectiveness (AusAID, 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]
– See also related Radio Australia interview.

The Guide to the 2010 HAP Standard in Accountability and Quality Management (Humanitarian Accountability Partnership, 2013) [text]

Humanitarian Fiction Blog [access]
– Initially set up to promote a humanitarian love story,Disastrous Passion, the blog will now showcase and promote humanitarian fiction more generally!

Local Faith Communities and Resilience in Humanitarian Situations, Forced Migration Policy Note (RSC, Dec. 2012) [text]

Protection and the ICRC, Oxford, 23 January 2013 [access]
– Podcast of seminar that is part of the RSC seminar series on “protection.”

Synthesis of Mixed Method Impact Evaluations of the Contribution of Food Assistance to Durable Solutions in Protracted Refugee Situations (UNHCR & WFP, Dec. 2012) [text]
– Synthesis of findings from four evaluations undertaken in BangladeshChad,Ethiopia, and Rwanda.

*Australian Aid Program Support for the Protection of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (AusAID, Sept. 2012) [text]

“The Changing Humanitarian Landscape: Challenges and Opportunities,” CARE in Emergencies Newsletter, no. 1 (Jan. 2013) [text]
– Click on the “view” button to read the full-text online; scroll to p. 3 for article.

*Foreign Assistance Briefing Book 2013 (InterAction, Jan. 2013) [access]

Generosity of Arab Donors Works Best through UN Aid (Refugees International Blog, Feb. 2013) [text]

Humanitarian Action in a Changing Landscape: Fit for Purpose? (ICRC, Feb. 2013) [text]

Informal Consultative Meeting on UNHCR’s Implementation of the IASC Transformative Agenda (UNHCR, Feb. 2013) [text]

The Two Crises of Humanitarianism (humanitarian.info, Feb. 2013) [text]