Peter Walker

Peter WalkerFormer Director

Peter Walker was director of Feinstein from September 2002 to mid-2014. Peter has been active in development and disaster response since 1979, and he has worked for a number of British-based NGOs and environmental organizations in several African countries. In addition, he has been a university lecturer and director of a food wholesaling company.

In 1990 Peter joined the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva, where he was Director of Disaster Policy for 10 years before moving to Bangkok as Head of the Federation’s regional programs for Southeast Asia. He has traveled extensively in the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, and has published widely on subjects as diverse as the development of indigenous knowledge and famine early warning systems, to the role of military forces in disaster relief. Peter was the founder and manager of the World Disasters Report and played a key role in initiating and developing both the Code of Conduct for disaster workers and the Sphere humanitarian standards.

Feinstein Publications

The Use of Evidence in Humanitarian Decision Making ACAPS Operational Learning Paper
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This paper reports the results of a study undertaken during 2012 by Tufts University for the Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS), as part of the latter’s “Operational Learning” strand of work….

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Climate Change as a Driver of Humanitarian Crises and Response
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This paper explores the relationships between climate change, humanitarian crises and humanitarian response through a review of published and grey literature. We examine the historical evidence for associations between climate…

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Sex and Age Matter Improving Humanitarian Response in Emergencies
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This report shows that proper collection, analysis and use of sex and age disaggregated data, or SADD, allows operational agencies to deliver assistance more effectively and efficiently in a crisis.

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Professionalising the Humanitarian Sector A Scoping Study
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By Peter Walker, Catherine Russ | April 2010

This study, commissioned by the UK’s Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance project (ELRHA) and carried out by the Feinstein International Center in collaboration with RedR, comes after a…

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One for All and All for One Intra-Organizational Dynamics in Humanitarian Action
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By Mackinnon Webster, Peter Walker | April 2009

A significant proportion of humanitarian assistance is now delivered by NGOs which have in effect become federated trans-national organizations, alliances of members from different countries, all seeking to provide assistance…

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One for All and All for One Intra-Organizational Dynamics in Humanitarian Action
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By Mackinnon Webster, Peter Walker | April 2009

A significant proportion of humanitarian assistance is now delivered by NGOs which have in effect become federated trans-national organizations, alliances of members from different countries, all seeking to provide assistance…

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The Humanitarian Costs of Climate Change
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Using existing international databases that track disaster occurrence and humanitarian costs, this research attempts to improve understanding of how climate change may affect international humanitarian spending. Employing four distinct methodological…

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Preventing Corruption in Humanitarian Assistance
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Leaders in the humanitarian community have resolved to do more to address the risks of corruption in relief efforts. Preventing Corruption in Humanitarian Assistance documents perceptions of corruption in humanitarian…

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Follow the Money A Review and Analysis of the State of Humanitarian Funding
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By Peter Walker, Kevin Pepper | June 2007

This briefing paper is about the financing of humanitarian action. In the paper, and in the forthcoming workshop, we want to ask some basic questions: Is the pot of humanitarian…

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Disaster globalization Evaluating the impact of tsunami aid
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By Peter Walker | July 2005

The tsunami and earthquakes that hit the Indian Ocean 26th December 2004 caused a disaster so extreme and so unusual that it pushed all our models of response to the…

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One for All and All for One: Support and Assistance Models for an Effective IFRC
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By Peter Walker, Larry Minear | August 2004

In recent years and for a variety of reasons, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has been buffeted by an array of forces. In one…

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Ambiguity and Change Humanitarian NGOs Prepare for the Future
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This study provides international NGOs with a rudimentary framework for strategic planning in the light of the likely challenges of ambiguity and change awaiting them during the next decade. It…

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Feinstein Research Projects

Humanitarian Horizons
By Peter Walker | September 2013

The Humanitarian Horizons research seeks to understand the impact that climate change, globalization, demographics, and changing dynamics within the humanitarian sector will have on future crises and organizations’ responses to them.

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Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS) Operational Learning

The ultimate goal of The Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS) is more effective, efficient, and appropriate humanitarian responses to crises. The aim is to achieve this by promoting better-informed and more evidence-driven responses, specifically by supporting a process of coordinated needs assessment which is timely, coherent, and appropriate to context, with results that are accessible and relevant to decision makers.

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Professionalizing the Humanitarian Aid Sector
By Peter Walker | September 2013

With ELRHA we are building a global network of study hubs, one on each continent, which will help develop a set of core competencies for aid workers and from that a system for delivering those competencies through training and apprenticeship in order to establish a global mechanism for certifying the competency of aid workers.

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Corruption in Humanitarian Assistance
By Daniel Maxwell, Peter Walker | January 2012

This study was intended to compile the evidence base for improved practices by humanitarian agencies to mitigate the risk of corruption in humanitarian assistance. Case studies were conducted in seven disaster zones.

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