Antonio Donini is a Senior Researcher at the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University, where he works on issues relating to humanitarianism and the future of humanitarian action. From 2002 to 2004 he was a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. He has worked for 26 years in the United Nations in research, evaluation, and humanitarian capacities. His last post was as Director of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance to Afghanistan (1999-2002). Before going to Afghanistan he was chief of the Lessons Learned Unit at OCHA, where he managed a program of independent studies on the effectiveness of relief efforts in complex emergencies. He has published widely on evaluation, humanitarian, and UN reform issues. In 2004 he co-edited the volume Nation-Building Unraveled? Aid, Peace, and Justice in Afghanistan (Kumarian Press). Since then he has published several articles exploring the implications of the crises in Afghanistan and Iraq for the future of humanitarian action as well as on humanitarianism and globalization. He has coordinated the Humanitarian Agenda 2015 research project which analysed local perceptions of humanitarian action in 13 crisis countries and in 2008 he authored the final HA 2015 report, The State of the Humanitarian Enterprise (see fic.tufts.edu). He is currently finalizing an edited volume on the politicization and manipulation of humanitarian action.
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