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Protecting Humanitarian Action: Key Challenges and Lessons from the Field

Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action ATHA, Eds.: Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, (2016)

The first section highlights knowledge and questions regarding security incidents, trends, and causes of violence, including around causes and motives for attacks, and tensions between individual and collective responses. The next section then explores the role of the humanitarian principles, and the perceptions of humanitarian actors, in affecting their security in the field. Building on this, the final section examines the protection of humanitarian action under international law, and the impunity gap resulting from effective implementation or enforcement of the law.

A Review of Needs Assessment Tools, Response Analysis Frameworks, and Targeting Guidance for Urban Humanitarian Response

Lili Mohiddin, Gabrielle Smith, Eds.: International Institute for Environment and Development, Norwegian Refugee Council, International Rescue Committee, World Vision, (2016)

The magnitude of urban disasters, high population densities, and a complex social, political and institutional environment has challenged the manner in which humanitarian agencies are used to working. Humanitarian agencies are now grappling with how to change their approaches to this reality. This desk review aims to provide an audit and analysis of existing needs assessments, response analysis frameworks and targeting approaches for use in urban post-conflict emergency response.

Humanitarian Access in situations of armed conflict Field manual - Edition 2.0

Conflict Dynamics International; Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC, (2014)

The companion Handbook on Humanitarian Access presents the normative framework pertaining to humanitarian access in situations of armed conflict, and therefore serves as a useful reference source for humanitarian practitioners on the normative framework. This initial version of the Field Manual – labeled Version 1.0 – was elaborated by Conflict Dynamics International in collaboration with the FDFA and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Development of the structured approach and guidance contained in this Manuel involved a consultation process which included bilateral meetings with humanitarian organizations, regional consultation events and consultations during several field visits, including dedicated field missions

Guidelines for Medicine Donations

World Health Organization, (2011)

This 3rd edition of Guidelines for medicine donations has been developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in cooperation with major international agencies active in humanitarian relief and development assistance. The guidelines are intended to improve the quality of medicine donations in international development assistance and emergency aid. Good medicine donation practice is of interest to both donors and recipients...

Security Management and Capacity Development: International agencies working with local partners

Singh, Iesha; European Interagency Security Forum (EISF), (2012)

This EISF report provides an analysis of the issues surrounding the relationship between NGO’s and their local partners. It includes a section on the topic and its background, responsabilities towards the partner organisation and particularly in terms of security, how to enable and help the partner in developing a project from start to finish, the challenges of developing that capacity in the partner organisation. It also includes three anexes, namely a Partner Security Level Assessment, a Checklist of organisational security perspectives and Participants.

Protection and Accountability to Affected Populations in the Humanitarian Programme Cycle: Preliminary Guidance Note

Inter-Agency Standing Committee Emergency Directors Group (EDG), Eds.: IASC, (2016)

This note sets out actions to be undertaken throughout the humanitarian programme cycle (HPC) to fulfill commitments on Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) and to ensure that protection is central to humanitarian response. It sets out the fundamental link between accountability systems and protection in humanitarian action, and then describes, for each stage of the HPC, the accountability mechanisms that should be established and actions required at country-level.

Handbook for Emergencies

UNHCR, (2007)

Section One summarizes UNHCR’s mandate of international protecdtion and the aim and principles of emergency response; Section Two deals with emergency management; Section Three covers the vital sectors and problem areas in refugee emergencies, including health, food, sanitation and water, as well as key field activities underpinning the operations such as logistics, community services and registration. The chapters in this section start with a summary so that readers, who might not need the full level of detail in each of these chapters, can understand the basic principles of the subject quickly; Section Four gives guidance on the support to field operations, primarily administration and staffing; The Appendices include a “Toolbox” which gathers, in one location, the standards, indicators and useful references used throughout the handbook;

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