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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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Expanding Voice and Accountability Through Budgetary Process

Osmani discusses participation and accountability reform through budgetary processes to promote good governance. He chose the budgetary process because of its importance in decision-making and the conflicting interests of different groups in society associated with the process. He clarifies the actions that must be taken in order to expand voice and accountability. He follows this with a brief proposed framework.

Author(s): S. R. Osmani
Language: English
Year: 2002
Resource Type: Articles and Research Reports
Topics: Quality & Accountability (Q & A), CHS 4: Communication, participation, feedback, Participation & Feedback

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Accountability and Independence In Humanitarian Action

Linde refers to the debate regarding accountability and independence as the ‘what we say we do but do not do’ debate. He argues humanitarians must do better but cautions that the entities promoting accountability are doing so for political reasons. However to achieve improved practice, he argues the focus must remain on action and independence.

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

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Medair Staff appraisal policy ()

This policy explores and details Medair’s Staff appraisal Policy including guidelines on completion

Author(s): Medair
Language: English
Year: 2002
Resource Type: Tools, Guidance & Policies
Topics: CHS 8: People Management, Staff policies & practice, People Management

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In the name of the people: Strengthening Global Accountability

Who should take decisions at a global level? How do they answer for those decisions and the consequences that follow from them? To whom are they answerable? What happens if global decisions damage or even destroy peoples’ lives or livelihoods? Global decision-making is unavoidable, the challenge is to make the diverse forms of international rulemaking accessible and accountable to the people affected by them. In the process, Titus argues, global governance is likely to become more coherent and democratic.

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

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Voice, Accountability and Human Development: The Emergence of a New Agenda

This paper defines accountability, setting out its multiple dimensions, contrasting the principle of accountability with its practical manifestations, and distinguishing it from the allied concept of voice while highlighting the critical role of certain kinds of voice in promoting accountability. It also demonstrates the ways in which a lack of genuine accountability has deprived disadvantaged people of the opportunities that a more democratised and globalised world has promised, but failed, to deliver.

Author(s): Anne Marie Goetz and Rob Jenkins
Language: English
Year: 2002
Resource Type: Articles and Research Reports
Topic: Quality & Accountability (Q & A)

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Consultation with and Participation by Beneficiary and Affected Populations in Planning, Managing, Monitoring and Evaluating Humanitarian Aid: the case of Sri Lanka

The present report, which draws on primary (aid recipient) and secondary (agency) stakeholder perceptions in Sri Lanka, is the pilot in a series of five country case studies. Testing the hypothesis that the active consultation and participation of crisis-affected populations in measures to assist them is (according to aid recipients and other key stakeholders) both feasible and beneficial in terms of project outcome, it investigates current policy and field practice in three locations affected by conflict.

Author(s): Joe Boyden, Tania Kaiser and Simon Springett
Language: English
Year: 2002
Resource Type: Articles and Research Reports
Topics: CHS 4: Communication, participation, feedback, Quality & Accountability (Q & A), Participation & Feedback

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