Winning Hearts and Minds?: Examining the Relationship between Aid and Security in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province

Afghanistan has been a testing ground for a key aspect of counterinsurgency doctrine, namely that humanitarian and development projects can help to bring or maintain security in strategically important environments, and by “winning hearts and minds” undermine support for radical, insurgent, or terrorist groups. The assumption that aid projects improve security has lead to a sharp increase in overall development funding, an increased percentage…

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Natalia Baal

Natalia has been working at Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPS) since its early days in 2010. She now oversees the overall coordination of JIPS. In this role she supervises the strategic and day-to-day management of the organization and maintains JIPS’ role as a global hub for profiling in displacement situations. She also works closely with government, humanitarian, and development counterparts to support the design and implementation of…

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Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium

The Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium aims to generate a stronger evidence base on how people in conflict-affected situations make a living, access basic services like health care, education and water, and perceive and engage with governance at local and national levels.

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Iraq — more challenges ahead for a fractured humanitarian enterprise

Based on extensive field interviews in Iraq and neighboring Jordan, this briefing paper is an update of an earlier study on perceptions of humanitarian action in Iraq, which was part of the Humanitarian Action 2015 program. The report draws upon five years of active monitoring in Iraq and the region, a relatively long period in which agencies have had many opportunities to adapt to a difficult context. The author argues that despite some…

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Nassim Majidi

Nassim Majidi is the co-founder and director of Samuel Hall, a social enterprise that conducts research in countries affected by issues of migration and displacement. It has offices in Kabul, Nairobi, and Berlin. She leads empirical research, evidence-based programming, and policy development. Covering three continents (Africa, Asia, and Europe) over the past twelve years, her cross-cutting skills have led her to interview migrants in border…

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