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The critical role of humanitarian critique

Bertrand Taithe, Juliano Fiori and Michaël Neuman
Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, Save the Children and MSF-Crash

In November 2014, the Guardian published an article which considered the role played by Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) in response to the spread of Ebola in West Africa. Although complimentary of MSF’s reflective approach in response to a ‘new’ medical event, the article quotes a Reuters interview with Dr Jean-Hervé Bradol, in which the former president of the French section of the medical NGO bemoans his organisation’s delayed and inappropriate response.


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Disaster Management Training Course

Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs

27 April 2015 – 1 May 2015

Although disasters cannot be completely avoided, they can be foreseen and planned for. Appropriate measures can be taken to reduce the risk of potential disasters and to minimize their impact with well-prepared responses when disasters do occur. Case study work introduces students to past disasters and crises. In addition to analysing past mistakes, students are given a clear understanding of disaster management and risk reduction strategies.


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WHS Effectiveness Theme Focal Issue: Accountability

Produced as part of the work of the WHS Effectiveness Thematic Team, this paper clarifies key concepts, raises new considerations and identifies challenges regarding humanitarian accountability.

It is intended to be used as the basis for early discussions around accountability and participation as the WHS process seeks to identify areas for reform on this issue.

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