Changing Dimensions of Poverty and Vulnerability

People are vulnerable to crisis due to where and how they live. Economic, social, and political changes are transforming urban and rural areas.

Poverty, inequality, population growth, urbanization, and climate change can make people more susceptible to shocks. We seek to better understand these forces so that relief, resilience, and development programs and policies can be more effective for vulnerable communities.

This research focuses on East and Central Africa. We plan to expand this work into West Africa.

Albany Park, Chicago, USA: A Case Report of Refugees in Towns
By Saidouri Zomaya | October 2019

Amidst rhetorical headlines about refugees and borders in the United States, this report takes a step back to take the long view of how immigrants in a suburb of Chicago…

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Detroit, Michigan, USA: A Case Study of Refugees in Towns
By Leila Asadi | October 2019

When the American auto industry took a downturn in the 1990s and 2000s, it left numerous neighborhoods in and around Detroit impoverished and neglected. This case report looks at the…

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Athens, Greece: A Case Report of Refugees in Towns
By Katerina Voutsina | October 2019

Amidst an economic crisis, Greece’s cities found themselves host to thousands of refugees stuck in transit along the Balkans Route on their way to Northern Europe. This case study attempts…

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“If my mom were here:” Short-Term Success and Long-Term Resiliencies Among Unaccompanied and Accompanied Minors in Vienna, Austria
By Mackenzie Seaman | September 2019

This study examined the integration experiences of protected persons in Vienna, Austria who arrived as unaccompanied and accompanied asylum-seeking older minors.

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Alcohol in Karamoja Uganda: Observations and Remaining Questions
Alcohol in Karamoja
By Elizabeth Stites | April 2018

This briefing paper examines alcohol brewing and consumption in Karamoja, Uganda from the health and economic perspectives.

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Briefing Paper: The Scope of Persistent Global Acute Malnutrition and Strategies Moving Forward
persistent global acute malnutrition
By Helen Young, Anastasia Marshak | January 2018

The widespread scale and long-lasting nature of “persistent GAM” means that it must be a policy and programming priority. This brief sheds light on the issue and provides strategies for policy and practice.

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Persistent Global Acute Malnutrition: A discussion paper on the scope of the problem, its drivers, and strategies for moving forward for policy, practice, and research
persistent global acute malnutrition
By Helen Young, Anastasia Marshak | January 2018

The widespread scale and long-lasting nature of “persistent GAM” means that it must be a policy and programming priority. This paper sheds light on the issue and provides strategies for policy and practice.

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Pathways to Resilience in Pastoralist Areas: A Synthesis of Research in the Horn of Africa
pathways to resilience
By Andy Catley | December 2017

This synthesis paper reviews Feinstein’s research and focuses on the increasing socioeconomic differentiation in selected pastoralist areas, and the implications in terms of pathways to resilience.

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Briefing Paper: Pathways to Resilience in Pastoralist Areas: A Synthesis of Research in the Horn of Africa
pathways to pastoralist resilience
By Andy Catley | December 2017

This briefing paper reviews a full synthesis of Feinstein’s research on pastoralism and focuses on the increasing socioeconomic differentiation in selected pastoralist areas, and the implications in terms of pathways to resilience.

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Briefing Paper: Conflict and Resilience: A Synthesis of Feinstein International Center Work on Building Resilience and Protecting Livelihoods in Conflict-Related Crises
Cover of the Conflict Resilience brief

This is a briefing paper of the full report. Resilience is defined as the ability of people to mitigate, weather, and “bounce back” from shocks or adversity. This definition is…

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Five years on: Livelihood advances, innovations, and continuing challenges in Karamoja, Uganda
karamoja development programming

This fifth year report examines key areas of change in Karamoja over the past five years to inform development programming decisions.

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Statebuilding and legitimacy: experiences of South Sudan
statebuilding and legitimacy

This report uses South Sudan as an example to interrogate people’s perceptions of the state, asking what – if not service delivery – fosters state legitimacy.

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The Impact of Protection Interventions on Unaccompanied and Separated Children in Humanitarian Crises
protection interventions

Programming for unaccompanied and separated children cases is often prioritized in the context of humanitarian interventions. But what is the impact of protection interventions on UASC in humanitarian crises in low and middle income countries?

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Planning from the Future: Is the Humanitarian System Fit for Purpose?
failings of the humanitarian system

Does the humanitarian system have the capacity and vision to respond effectively to the crises of today, tomorrow, and deep into the future? This report analyses the failings of the…

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Key Lessons Learned on International Engagement
international engagement

This paper explains that aid actors in South Sudan have largely failed because they applied technical solutions to political problems.

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Complexities of Service Delivery and State Building
service delivery

This paper describes the findings from research carried out in several areas of South Sudan in the context of armed conflict and raiding. The findings show that despite state-building efforts, service delivery remained inadequate in remote areas and that the interface between service delivery and people’s perceptions of the state is complex.

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A Better Balance: Revitalized Pastoral Livelihoods in Karamoja, Uganda
revitalized pastoral livelihoods

This report reviews the state of animal-based livelihoods in the Karamoja region of northeastern Uganda and examines how animal ownership affects a household’s ability to weather shocks.

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Trajectories of international engagement with state and local actors: Evidence from South Sudan
international engagement shifts

What can international aid policymakers and practitioners learn from the history of international engagement with South Sudan prior to and during the current conflict? This paper traces international engagement shifts…

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Regional Humanitarian Challenges in the Sahel
Sahel

The Sahel rarely makes headlines. Until the early 2000s, it was on the margins of geopolitical interest and of humanitarian action and debate. Today, the Sahel is on center stage…

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No End in Sight: A Case Study of Humanitarian Action and the Syrian Conflict Component 2. The Contemporary Humanitarian Landscape: Malaise, Blockages and Game Changes
humanitarian action in syria
By Kimberly Howe | January 2016

The scale of the Syrian conflict and resulting humanitarian need constitute one of the largest crises of our time.  This case study analyzes contemporary humanitarian action in Syria, cross-border operations,…

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Sweden’s Feminist Foreign Policy: Implications for Humanitarian Response
Sweden's feminist foreign policy
By Dyan Mazurana, Daniel Maxwell | January 2016

This policy brief presents the implications of Sweden’s feminist foreign policy for the people they strive to assist, Sweden’s own humanitarian policy and operations, and more broadly the whole humanitarian…

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Protection in the context of humanitarian action
protection
By Norah Niland | December 2015

The bulk of humanitarian action occurs in armed conflict settings and this will likely persist into the foreseeable future. Therefore, protection – keeping people safe from armed violence, abuse, discrimination,…

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“We now have relative peace”: Changing Conflict Dynamics in Northern Karamoja, Uganda
transformation of violence

This study provides a nuanced understanding of the transformation of violence for women, men, girls and boys in northern Karamoja at the household, community, district and the regional levels. Drivers…

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Facing Famine Somali Experiences in the Famine of 2011
Somali response

In 2011–12, Somalia experienced the worst famine of the twenty-first century. Since then, research on the famine has focused almost exclusively on the external response, the reasons for the delay…

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Can revolutionary medicine revolutionize the humanitarian system?
humanitarian activities
By Nicola Dahrendorf | August 2015

Cuba’s contribution to and involvement in humanitarian activities provide an instructive and challenging lens through which to investigate alternative courses to Western dominated humanitarian action. Cuba’s participation in a range…

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Questions and Challenges Raised by a Large-Scale Humanitarian Operation in South Sudan
international humanitarian aid

This working paper analyzes the relationships between international humanitarian aid agencies and the government structures they engage with in South Sudan.

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Peacebuilding and Service Delivery
peacebuilding

The briefing paper explores the relationship between service delivery, peacebuilding, and state legitimacy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Uganda. It finds that the…

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From post-conflict recovery and state building to a renewed humanitarian emergency: A brief reflection on South Sudan
post-conflict mechanisms
By Daniel Maxwell, Martina Santschi | August 2014

Since December 2013 – only two and a half years after becoming an independent country – South Sudan has been mired in a deep political, military, and humanitarian crisis. This…

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Another Humanitarian Crisis in Somalia? Learning from the 2011 Famine
Somalia
By Daniel Maxwell, Nisar Majid | August 2014

After two reasonably good years of recovery, 2014 appears to be shaping up as a difficult year for Somalia. Donors and agencies are ringing alarm bells about deteriorating conditions. There…

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Community-Based Animal Health Workers in the Horn of Africa An Evaluation for the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance

This report describes the process and findings of an evaluation of community-based animal health workers (CAHWs) in Kenya, Ethiopia, and South Sudan. Overall, the researchers find that CAHWs continue to…

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Experiences of National Governments in Expanding Their Role in Humanitarian Preparedness and Response
By Jeremy Harkey | January 2014

Many countries’ governments are slow to assume leadership of their disaster management system. Reasons for slow assumption of national leadership include a lack of government prioritization of disaster management, minimal…

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Afghanistan: Humanitarianism in Uncertain Times

The Afghan crisis, now well into its fourth decade, has many layers. The military and political dimensions of the crisis grab the headlines. But the structural violence and poor governance…

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Winning Hearts and Minds in Uruzgan Province
By Paul Fishstein | August 2012

Research in Uruzgan suggests that insecurity is largely the result of the failure of governance, which has exacerbated traditional tribal rivalries. While respondents within the international military did report some…

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Climate Change as a Driver of Humanitarian Crises and Response

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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Winning Hearts and Minds? Examining the Relationship between Aid and Security in Afghanistan
By Paul Fishstein, Andrew Wilder | January 2012

This paper by Paul Fishstein and Andrew Wilder presents findings from research conducted by FIC in five provinces of Afghanistan between July 2008 and January 2010 on the relationship between…

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Review of Pastoral Rangeland Enclosures in Ethiopia
By Alison Napier, Solomon Desta | November 2011

Access to productive rangeland has long been a critical issue affecting pastoralists in Ethiopia. In November 2011, the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University facilitated a review of a specific…

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Winning Hearts and Minds?: Examining the Relationship between Aid and Security in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province
By Stuart Gordon | April 2011

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,…

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Shifting Sands: The Commercialization of Camels in Mid-altitude Ethiopia and Beyond
By Yacob Aklilu, Andy Catley | April 2011

Although pastoralists in Ethiopia are often characterized as unresponsive to market opportunities, the bulk of Ethiopia’s growing formal and informal livestock and meat exports are supplied from pastoralist areas of…

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Conflict in the Somali Region of Ethiopia Can Education Promote Peace-Building?
By Simon Richards, Gezu Bekele | March 2011

How can improved primary education contribute to peace and security in the troubled Somali Region of Ethiopia? The BRIDGES project is implemented by Save the Children UK, Mercy Corps and…

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Humanitarian Action in Pakistan 2005-2010 Challenges, Principles, and Politics
By Marion Péchayre | January 2011

Over the past five years, Pakistan has witnessed three major crises affecting up to 18 million people. The nature and scale of these crises were different. Two were disasters caused…

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Winning Hearts and Minds?: Examining the Relationship between Aid and Security in Afghanistan’s Faryab Province
By Geert Gompelman | January 2011

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,…

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Winning Hearts and Minds?: Examining the Relationship between Aid and Security in Afghanistan’s Balkh Province
By Paul Fishstein | November 2010

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,…

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State-building, Counterterrorism, and Licensing Humanitarianism in Somalia
By Mark Bradbury | September 2010

The people of Somalia have experienced two decades of humanitarian crisis. In 1992, in the wake of the collapse of the Somali state, Somalia set a benchmark for humanitarian crises…

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Impact Assessment of Small-Scale Pump Irrigation in the Somali Region of Ethiopia
By Feinstein Center | September 2010

Gode zone in the Somali National Regional State of Ethiopia is a remote area in the east of the country, characterized by marked under‐development and frequent humanitarian crises. In addition,…

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Rapid Review of the Cash-for-Work and Natural Resource Management Components of the RAIN Project
By Andy Catley, Alison Napier | July 2010

The project Revitalizing Agricultural/Pastoral Incomes and New Markets (RAIN) is a three‐year project implemented by Mercy Corps and Save the Children UK (SCUK) in parts of Somali and Oromiya Regions…

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Humanitarianism in Sri Lanka: Lessons Learned?
By Simon Harris | June 2010

Researchers at the Feinstein International Center (FIC) at Tufts University have embarked on a major two-year research project on Humanitarian Action and Politics. This project builds upon and expands on…

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Afghanistan: Humanitarianism Unraveled?
By Antonio Donini | May 2010

Researchers at the Feinstein International Center (FIC) at Tufts University have embarked on a major two-year research project on Humanitarian Action and Politics. This project builds upon and expands on…

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Winning Hearts and Minds? Examining the Relationship between Aid and Security in Kenya
By Mark Bradbury, Michael Kleinman | April 2010

This case study on Kenya, researched and written by Mark Bradbury and Michael Kleinman, is the first in a series of publications presenting the findings of a two-year FIC comparative…

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Humanitarian Horizons: A Practitioners’ Guide to the Future
By Feinstein Center | January 2010

This Practitioners’ Guide to the Future serves as the culmination of the Humanitarian Horizons project, commissioned by the members of the Inter-Agency Working Group and implemented jointly by the Feinstein…

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Impact Assessment of the Community Animal Health System in Mandera West District, Kenya
By Gezu Bekele | December 2009

This report examines the impact of a privatized, community-based veterinary service in the far northeast of Kenya, and focuses on the outcomes of clinical services provided by community-based animal health workers (CAHWs).

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Politics and Humanitarian Action in the Georgia Conflicts Humanitarian Agenda 2015
By Greg Hansen | November 2009

Drawing upon extensive field research in the region and informed by additional field study dating back to the mid-1990s, the study calls renewed attention to the politicization and instrumentalization of…

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Aid and Violence Development Policies and Conflict in Nepal

The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) launched its “People’s War” in 1996. The Maoists’ rise to power was impressive by any standard. After a successful showing at the polls for…

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One for All and All for One Intra-Organizational Dynamics in Humanitarian Action
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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Afghanistan: Humanitarianism under Threat
By Antonio Donini | March 2009

Based on extensive field interviews in Afghanistan, this briefing paper is an update of a 2006 study on perceptions of humanitarian action in Afghanistan, which was part of the Humanitarian…

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Livestock Marketing in Kenya and Ethiopia A Review of Policies and Practice
By Yacob Aklilu | December 2008

The last few years have witnessed a renewed interest in the export of live animals and meat from Kenya and Ethiopia. In both cases, the private sector has taken the…

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The Humanitarian Costs of Climate Change

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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Humanitarian Agenda 2015: Nepal Country Study
By Antonio Donini, Jeevan Raj Sharma | August 2008

This study is the twelfth and final country case study of the “Humanitarian Agenda 2015: Principles, Power and perceptions” (HA2015) research project. As with the other case studies it attempts…

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Humanitarian Agenda 2015: Final Report The State of the Humanitarian Enterprise

This report summarizes the findings of a major research project on the constraints, challenges, and compromises affecting humanitarian action in conflict and crisis settings. The building blocks are 12 case…

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Humanitarian Agenda 2015: Perceptions of the Pakistan Earthquake Response
By Andrew Wilder | February 2008

The devastating earthquake that struck northern Pakistan and the disputed territory of Kashmir in October 2005 killed approximately 75,000 people, injured 70,000 more, and left an estimated 3.5 million people…

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Iraq — more challenges ahead for a fractured humanitarian enterprise
By Greg Hansen | January 2008

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…

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Angering Akuju Survival and Suffering in Karamoja

Karamoja is the poorest and least developed region of Uganda. The population experiences chronic food insecurity, little access to basic services, the weakening of traditional livelihood systems, ongoing insecurity, human…

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Responding to Violence in Ikotos County, South Sudan Government and Local Efforts to Restore Order
By Clement Ochan | December 2007

This report from an understudied area details the effects of and responses to violence in Ikotos County in Eastern Equatoria in Southern Sudan. The author, from Southern Sudan himself, draws…

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The Scramble for Cattle, Power and Guns in Karamoja

This new report on the Karamoja Cluster of Uganda, Sudan, Kenya, and Ethiopia is the result of several years of field work by a respected Teso elder from the region…

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Humanitarian Agenda 2015: Democratic Republic of Congo Case Study
By Tasneem Mowjee | October 2007

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), formerly Zaire, is the second largest country in Africa and rich in gold, diamonds and minerals in the East of the country. It…

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Humanitarian Agenda 2015: Sri Lanka Country Study
By Simon Harris | October 2007

This study contributes to the Humanitarian Agenda 2015 (HA2015) country paper series by examining the issues of universality, terrorism, coherence and security in relation to the humanitarian enterprise in Sri…

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The U.S. Citizen-Soldier and the Global War on Terror The National Guard Experience
By Larry Minear | September 2007

This study provides a composite view of reflections by U.S. veterans from the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq on their experiences in the Global War on Terror. It draws on…

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Strategies for Economic Recovery and Peace In Darfur Why a wider livelihoods approach is imperative and inclusion of the Abbala (camel herding) Arabs is a priority

Competing livelihoods in the absence of good local governance has led to localized and ultimately devastating conflict over natural resources in Darfur. The lack of comprehensive livelihoods analysis in international…

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Follow the Money A Review and Analysis of the State of Humanitarian Funding
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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Taking Sides or Saving Lives: Existential Choices for the Humanitarian Enterprise in Iraq Humanitarian Agenda 2015: Iraq Country Study
By Greg Hansen | June 2007

Iraq places the frailties and fault-lines of the humanitarian enterprise in stark relief. Perhaps more than any other highly politicized context, Iraq has fueled a defensiveness and sense of existential…

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Coming to Terms with the Humanitarian Imperative in Iraq
By Greg Hansen | January 2007

Highlighting major changes in the context in Iraq and rapid deterioration of the humanitarian situation, this brief report summarizes an Iraq country study to be issued in final form as…

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Humanitarian Agenda 2015: Occupied Palestinian Territory case study
By Larissa Fast | November 2006

This study of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) is part of Phase II of HA2015 which includes a larger set of case studies. As with the other case studies, the…

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Humanitarian Agenda 2015: Principles, Power, and Perceptions Preliminary Report

This report summarizes the findings of the first phase of a major research project on the challenges and compromises that are likely to affect humanitarian action in the next decade….

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Humanitarian Agenda 2015: Burundi and Liberia Country Studies
By Xavier Zeebroek | July 2006

Three of the four topics addressed by the Humanitarian Agenda 2015 research seem pertinent in the case of Burundi – coherence, security and, to a lesser extent, terrorism. Many comparisons…

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Humanitarian Agenda 2015: Colombia Country Study
By Larry Minear | July 2006

The experience of Colombia sheds light on all four themes of the HA 2015 research. First, with respect to universality, Colombia sees itself as part and parcel of the western…

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Humanitarian Agenda 2015: Sudan Country Study
By Tasneem Mowjee | July 2006

Sudan has been torn by conflict and political strife throughout its history. As a result of the various conflicts, the political and economic situation in different parts of Sudan is…

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Humanitarian Agenda 2015: Northern Uganda Country Study
By Elizabeth Stites | June 2006

The HA2015 study examines the effects of four broad challenges on the humanitarian enterprise: universality, terrorism, coherence and security. Each of these has resonance in the context of northern Uganda….

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Humanitarian Agenda 2015 : Afghanistan Country Study
By Antonio Donini | June 2006

The four themes of the HA 2015 research come together in Afghanistan with clear-cut relevance. The externality of the aid enterprise and the baggage that comes with it—values, lifestyle, attitude,…

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Disaster globalization Evaluating the impact of tsunami aid
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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Mapping the Security Environment Understanding the perceptions of local communities, peace support operations, and assistance agencies

The data presented and analyzed by the study in three cases-Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Sierra Leone-offers intriguing and provocative look at the wide-ranging security needs of local communities and the uneven…

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One for All and All for One: Support and Assistance Models for an Effective IFRC
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

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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Human Security and Livelihoods of Rural Afghans, 2002-2003

This report documents and analyzes recent countrywide trends in the relationship between human security and livelihoods throughout rural Afghanistan from 2002-2003. All countrywide information is generated by analyses of 2003…

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The Future of Humanitarian Action: Implications of Iraq and other recent crises

A report on an international mapping exercise to understand the implications of the Iraq war and other crises on humanitarian action.

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The Quality of Money: Donor Behavior in Humanitarian Financing
humanitarian financing and donations
By Ian Smillie, Larry Minear | April 2003

Donor behavior represents a patchwork of policies and activities by individual governments, which taken together, do not provide a coherent or effective system for financing the international humanitarian enterprise. The…

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Pastoralist Community Harmonization in the Karamoja Cluster: Taking it to the Next Level
By Larry Minear | March 2001

an assessment of the impacts of the Pastoral Community Harmonization Initiative (PCHI) in its fourth year

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The Constraints and Complexities of Information and Analysis

This study seeks to understand the availability and quality of information, and the external influences on data collection and analysis for the classification of food emergencies.

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The Humanitarian Evidence Program

The Humanitarian Evidence Program produces a series of evidence syntheses to distill humanitarian evidence and communicate it to key stakeholders in order to enable better decision-making and improve humanitarian policy and practice.

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Synthesizing Research on Resilience in Drylands and Fragile Contexts Project

From 2005 to 2017, we developed a wide-ranging research portfolio on livelihoods systems under stress throughout the Greater Horn of Africa and beyond. This project synthesizes key themes of that research.

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Growth, Health, and Governance, Karamoja, Uganda

This USAID-funded five year project (2012-2017) aims to improve livelihoods outcomes for the pastoral, agro-pastoral, and agrarian populations in the region.

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Planning From the Future

The Planning From the Future project aims to influence the direction of ‘non-traditional’ and traditional humanitarian actors to help them deal with a rapidly changing and potentially increasingly vulnerable world.

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Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards Raising Awareness, Ensuring Uptake

The Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS) have been developed as a set of international standards and guidelines for the assessment, design, implementation, and evaluation of livestock interventions to assist people affected by humanitarian crises.

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Policy Support to the Pastoralist Livelihoods Initiative, Ethiopia

This project aimed to strengthen policy and practice in selected pastoralist areas of Ethiopia.

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Winning Hearts and Minds? Understanding the Relationship Between Aid and Security

While considerable time, effort and resources have been devoted to assessing the effectiveness of aid in achieving humanitarian and development objectives, surprisingly few resources have been devoted to assessing the effectiveness of aid in achieving stabilization and security objectives.

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Corruption in Humanitarian Assistance

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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BRIDGES

The BRIDGES project aimed to strengthen the capacity of state and non-state actors in the Somali region of Ethiopia to promote peace and stability through the delivery of quality education.

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Humanitarianism and Politics: Briefing Note Series

Building on earlier work in Afghanistan and our briefing note on “Humanitarianism Unraveled?” published in mid- 2010, we have issued similar briefing notes on the relationship between humanitarian action and politics in Sri Lanka, Darfur, Pakistan, and Somalia.

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Crisis and Social Transformation in Nepal

How does the work of aid agencies during and after conflict affect people’s perceptions of change? What can we learn from recent experience? Our work in Nepal has uncovered a number of interesting issues around the humanitarian-development relationship and the challenges of social transformation in a (hopefully) post-conflict environment that we feel are important to research both because they are largely unexplored and because of their potential policy implications.

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Humanitarian Agenda 2015 Principles, Power, and Perceptions

Over the past three years, Tufts/FIC has conducted 12 country case studies on local perceptions of the work of humanitarian agencies. The objective was to understand, from the perspective of those most affected by crisis and conflict, whether humanitarian action was seen as responding to a universal imperative or as an externally-driven approach linked to Northern and Western agendas.

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Humanitarian Horizons

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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Our academic courses at Tufts and other institutions are a key part of our research and our mission. Our faculty teach the following courses at The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy:

  • Gender, Culture and Conflict in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (NUTR 222/DHP D232), Fall Term, taught by Dyan Mazurana and Elizabeth Stites
  • Humanitarian Leadership: The Political and Policy Challenges of Being in Charge (NUTR 0329/Fletcher-D234), Spring Term, taught by Greg Gottlieb

Go to Humanitarian Education Courses at Tufts on our Education page for more related courses.