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An increasingly dangerous calling

John Mitchell, Director of ALNAP

On 19 August I was among those attending a wreath laying ceremony at Westminster Abbey to commemorate World Humanitarian Day. This provided an opportunity to remember friends and colleagues that we have lost and also provided a space to reflect on the inherent dangers for front line humanitarian staff. With an unprecedented string of four “level 3” humanitarian crises happening simultaneously in Iraq, South Sudan, Syria and the Central African Republic (not to mention the difficulties in Gaza) there is an even greater need to draw attention to the dangers that field workers face in their day to day work.

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Deepening crisis in Gaza: Lessons for operational agencies

Although this lessons paper was written for operational agencies responding to the humanitarian effort in Gaza in early 2009, its recommendations are still broadly relevant to the current crisis in the region. This paper attempted to look at comparable crises such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya and Lebanon while recognising that there was no comparable situation. The lessons focus on humanitarian concerns, with some attention on recovery and reconstruction issues.

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Another humanitarian crisis in Somalia? Learning from 2011 famine

This paper quickly summarises several of the key areas of learning from the 2011-12 Famine in Somalia, growing out of the research of a group at the Feinstein International Center from 2013 to date. It highlights a few of the findings in four areas: causes of the famine, early warning and response, addressing divisions within the humanitarian community and the on-going role of Al-Shabaab. The final report will be out by the end of the year.

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Quality in humanitarian action: Thinking ahead

15 - 17 September  |  Plaisians, France

Initiatives to improve the quality of humanitarian action have flourished over the last years. 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the Quality COMPAS, the launch of the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) and the results of the SCHR-sponsored Certification Review project.

Groupe URD and ALNAP would like to use this as an opportunity to reflect upon questions raised by quality improvement efforts, share feedback on the latest developments and discuss possible ways forward. 

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