“On 6 August 2012, Kassy Pajarillo issued an urgent appeal on the social network Twitter: her mother and grandmother were trapped by surging floodwaters in the Filipino capital, Manila, could anybody help? Within minutes, emergency responders hat dispatched a military truck, and her family was saved. Kassy was one of thousands of people that day… continue
The Role of Social Networks in the Philippines
Social Media & Humanitarian Response
8 key uses of professional social networking include: Creating new real-world contacts Building communities (interest groups, communities of practice, virtual centres of excellence) Crowd-sourcing (using knowledge held in the broader network to solve problems- Ushahidi is an example of a humanitarian platform which taps into the network as a resource) Information Management Information Sharing (Twitter… continue
Humanitarian space: a review of trends and issues
Samir Elhawary – Research Fellow, Humanitarian Policy Group, ODI – presents key findings from a new report which investigated ‘humanitarian space’. This event – Report launch – Humanitarian space: a review of trends and issues – was held on the 30th April 2012 at ODI offices, London.
What is Humanitarian Space?
The concept of humanitarian space means different things to different people. Despite over 20 years of use, it remains poorly defined and understood. The term appears to originate in the Cold War conflicts in Central America, where it was reportedly used by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to describe a space for humanitarian… continue
Dieudonné Nzapalainga in contact with kidnappers to negotiate the French aid worker release.
Kidnapped French aid worker released in Central African Republic, Yesterday (23/01/2015)! Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga was in contact with the kidnappers in order to negotiate her release. The Central African Republic has become one of the most challenging humanitarian, security and political crises on the African continent. The interfaith work of Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga, Imam Omar… continue
The Paradox of Humanitarian Aid
TEDxRC2 – Fiona Terry
Ethics and politics of humanitarian action
By the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Humanitarian aid & politics
In Between Politics and Humanitarian Agendas: UNRWA and Palestinian Statehood “…Humanitarian action is defined as “International attempts to help victims through the provision of relief and the protection of their human rights”. There is however an ethical framework that directs humanitarian work through the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence as defined …”… continue
What speakers say about “Humanitarian Aid & Politics”
Kyung-wha Kang Deputy Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations “…Humanitarian workers must be permitted, to mount search and rescue operations, to assist in repair of essential infrastructure, to assist the wounded and retrieve bodies.” (source: www.ohchr.org) Read More about Kyung-wha Kang. Yves Daccord Director general, International Committee of the Red Cross “…On the one hand,… continue