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Being Good at Doing Good? Quality and Accountability of Humanitarian NGOs

The article explores how the last few years have seen a rapid increase in discussions, policy papers and organisational initiatives regarding the quality of humanitarianism.

Author(s): Dorothea Hilhorst
Language: English
Year: 2002
Resource Type: Articles and Research Reports
Topic: Quality & Accountability (Q & A)

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Incentives for Improved Accountability

Kapila argues that the reform of the humanitarian system is progressing too slowly and that the humanitarian sector needs to do more than reaffirm humanitarian values. He holds that accountability should be more than current monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and argues for informed consumers rather than accountability to beneficiaries.

Author(s): Mukesh Kapila
Language: English
Year: 2002
Resource Type: Articles and Research Reports
Topics: CHS 4: Communication, participation, feedback, Quality & Accountability (Q & A), Information & Communication

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Protecting Children from the Protectors: Lessons from West Africa

The need to protect refugees from threats from humanitarian workers did not receive much attention until the recent release of findings from the joint UNHCR and Save the Children UK report on the sexual exploitation of refugee children in west Africa.

Author(s): Asmita Naik
Language: English
Year: 2002
Resource Type: Articles and Research Reports
Topics: Accountability to Children, Quality & Accountability (Q & A), PSEA

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The Quality Assurance Agency and the Politics of Audit

Bradney observes that audit is a ubiquitous feature of modern academic life, and focuses on the role of the Quality Assurance Agency in higher education. Argues that far from being dedicated to the gathering of objective evidence about teaching and learning in universities, the QAA is a political tool in the hands of those intent on changing the educational agenda and the nature of academic life.

Author(s): A. Bradney
Language: English
Year: 2002
Resource Type: Articles and Research Reports
Topic: Quality & Accountability (Q & A)

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Aid Management: Exploring the utility of generic management applications in the humanitarian aid sector

This paper explores some of the problems and current thinking within the humanitarian aid delivery system and traces the evolution of these issues through contextualised examples. The key issue of the continuum perspective is explored and a model is presented that captures the essence and imperatives associated with management and transition issues within humanitarian aid delivery.

Author(s): A. M. Fitz-Gerald and D. J. Neal
Language: English
Year: 2002
Resource Type: Articles and Research Reports
Topic: Quality & Accountability (Q & A)

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The Need to Re-Affirm Humanitarian Values

Jasson asks and details three questions: 1) the meaning of humanitarian values and action, 2) the breakdown of humanitarian principles, and 3) the need to reaffirm and strengthen our values.

Author(s): Chiara Jasson
Language: English
Year: 2002
Resource Type: Articles and Research Reports
Topics: Quality & Accountability (Q & A), CHS 8: People Management, People Management

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Humanitarian Space and the Social Imaginery: Médecins Sans Frontières and the Rhetoric of Global Community

Contemporary processes of globalization beckon consideration of the discursive forces that shape our perceptions of community, group identity, solidarity,and belongingness. The freedoms and limits endemic to life in a globalized world afford a variety of communicative resources for those seeking to promote humane social action. In this article, the author engages the discourse of Médecins Sans Frontières, or Doctors Without Borders, a humanitarian-based nongovernmental organization, to illuminate its stake

Author(s): D. Robert Dechaine
Language: English
Year: 2002
Resource Type: Articles and Research Reports
Topic: Quality & Accountability (Q & A)

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UNTAC in Cambodia: A New Model for Humanitarian Aid in Failed States?

This article examines the impact of humanitarian aid on conflict, focusing especially on two main issues: the usefulness of a political economy approach in analysing the impact of international humanitarian aid on conflict dynamics; and the way that humanitarian aid organizations confront some of the major policy dilemmas inherent in working with failed states, such as military protection, aid conditionality, and neutrality.

Author(s): Daniel P. L. Chong
Language: English
Year: 2002
Resource Type: Case Studies
Topics: CHS 4: Communication, participation, feedback, Participation & Feedback

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Humanitarian principles and organisational culture: everyday practice in Médicins Sans Frontières-Holland

Organisational principles or value standards are considered crucial for maintaining quality in humanitarian assistance. Research among staff members of Médicins Sans Frontières-Holland (MSF-H) showed that fieldworkers construct their own interpretations of principles and priorities in response to demands placed on them in the field.

Author(s): Dorothea Hilhorst & Nadja Schmiemann
Language: English
Year: 2002
Resource Type: Case Studies
Topics: Quality & Accountability (Q & A), CHS 8: People Management, People Management

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The Media and Humanitarian Values

Author(s): Edward Girardet & Loretta Hieber
Language: English
Year: 2002
Resource Type: Articles and Research Reports
Topic: Quality & Accountability (Q & A)

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Limiting Factors Impacting on Voluntary First Person Informed Consent in the Philippines

Castillo discusses the limits of informed consent, particularly in the context of the Philippines. Asks how free is ‘free informed consent’ in the context of poor, marginalized populations. Lastly, Castillo argues that reviewers should be ‘mindful of the complex contextual issues involved in ‘informed consent’. They should try to create avenues for vulnerable people to genuinely and meaningfully exercise their right to freely decide’.

Author(s): Fatima Alvarez Castillo
Language: English
Year: 2002
Resource Type: Case Studies
Topics: CHS 4: Communication, participation, feedback, Information & Communication, Participation & Feedback

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Claiming a Humanitarian Imperative: NGOs and the Cultivation of Humanitarian Duty

Slim provides a general evolution of humanitarian values, principles, and accountability initiatives. He goes on to argue the humanitarian imperative is a responsibility that cannot be fulfilled without unimpeded access to potential beneficiaries.

Author(s): Hugo Slim
Language: English
Year: 2002
Resource Type: Articles and Research Reports
Topic: Quality & Accountability (Q & A)

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Humanitarian Values, Accountability and Evaluation

Author(s): Jeff Crisp
Language: English
Year: 2002
Resource Type: Articles and Research Reports
Topics: Quality & Accountability (Q & A), CHS 7: Learning

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80 Herramientas Para El Desarrollo Participativo

Pocos documentos en los últimos años han logrado ofrecer un conjunto de herramientas presentadas en formato sencillo, fácil de utilizar y con la modalidad de caja de herramientas a la que se puede acudir en función de necesidades específicas, como el libro 80 herramientas para el desarrollo participativo.

Author(s): Frans Geilfus
Language: Spanish
Year: 2002
Resource Type: Tools, Guidance & Policies
Topics: Quality & Accountability (Q & A), CHS 4: Communication, participation, feedback, Information & Communication, Participation & Feedback, CHS 7: Learning

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Business and Humanitarian Values

Maresca argues the resources, energy, and creativity of business must be increasingly applied to the world’s humanitarian needs. He discusses this in the context of the Business Humanitarian Forum and corporate social responsibility. He sees business’s key role in humanitarian affairs to be: creating wealth and investment opportunities in addition to smaller contributions.

Author(s): John J. Maresca
Language: English
Year: 2002
Resource Type: Articles and Research Reports
Topic: Quality & Accountability (Q & A)

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The Changing Balance of Power Between the Government and NGOs in Bangladesh

This article studies the case of Bangladesh where the number of NGOs has proliferated and some globally known NGOs have emerged. First, it briefly explains the structure of government, and profiles the major development NGOs in Bangladesh. It then illustrates the basic dimensions and indicators of change in the power relations between the government and these NGOs.

Author(s): M. Shamsul Haque
Language: English
Year: 2002
Resource Type: Case Studies
Topics: CHS 4: Communication, participation, feedback, Participation & Feedback

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The macro-economic impact of disasters

Despite 30 years of study, international development policy appears to be little closer to generating protection to vulnerable people from the preventable losses of disaster. Part of the reason for a lack of progress has been the sidelining of disaster in development studies.

Author(s): Mark Pelling, Alpaslan Özerdem, Sultan Barakat
Language: English
Year: 2002
Resource Type: Articles and Research Reports
Topic: Quality & Accountability (Q & A)

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Beyond Good Deeds: Case studies and a New Policy Agenda for Corporate Accountability

The article examines whether voluntary ethics and accountability initiatives and standards for the private sector are enough. The article focuses on the US context and calls for corporate accountability to be formalised through public policy. The article covers nine case studies examining the human rights and environmental challenges faced by US multinationals in the oil and the information technology sectors.

Author(s): Michelle Leighton et. al.
Language: English
Year: 2002
Resource Type: Case Studies
Topic: Quality & Accountability (Q & A)

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The War on Terror's Challenges to Humanitarian Action

This is an editorial by Nicolas de Torrenté, Executive Director of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières in the United States.

Author(s): Nicolas de Torrenté
Language: English
Year: 2002
Resource Type: Articles and Research Reports
Topic: Quality & Accountability (Q & A)

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Leadership and Impunity: The Politics Behind the Traumatization of Children During Armed Conflicts

This article addresses some fundamental questions regarding the nature of identity-based armed conflict within states, conflict which abuses and consciously targets children and women, leaving them physically scarred and psychologically traumatized. It argues that the poor quality of leadership and the lack of accountability of those wielding military, economic or political power, are significant root causes of the abuse traumatisation of children.

Author(s): Nigel Fisher
Language: English
Year: 2002
Resource Type: Articles and Research Reports
Topics: CHS 4: Communication, participation, feedback, Participation & Feedback, Quality & Accountability (Q & A), Accountability to Children

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