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World Humanitarian Summit

The World Humanitarian Summit took place in May 2016. Participants discussed a wide range of topics and made a lot of commitments. How are we following up? How do we keep moving forward?

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October 20, 2016

Risk, Duty of Care and the NGO Mission

Over the past few years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of…
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October 20, 2016


This started out as a longer essay. Maybe a short book. Now it’s just some…
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A Toolkit for Integrating Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) into Humanitarian Response

This 94-page toolkit aims to provide streamlined guidance to support organizations and agencies seeking to rapidly integrate menstrual hygiene management (MHM) into existing programming across sectors and phases. It was designed to support a range of humanitarian actors involved in the planning and delivery of emergency responses. It includes key assessment questions, case studies from around the world, design considerations, resources for gathering monitoring and feedback, and links to additional resources.

Humanitarian Aid on the Move No.19 – January 2018: Localisation of Aid

One might think that there was a consensus about giving a central role to local actors in crisis response… Experience has shown how essential the role of local actors is in the initial hours and days after a disaster, or to gain access to difficult or contested areas in numerous conflicts, where international operators are not welcome. And yet, the debates about how to put localisation into practice have been more complex than expected. This special issue of Humanitarian Aid aims to shed light on these debates, presenting a number of points of view based on examples from a variety of contexts.

Essential Principles of Staff Care

This document outlines the principles and practices that promote resilience of humanitarian and development personnel. Implementing the principles and practices will help an organization offer a comprehensive staff care program.