IHSA´s Humanitarian Blog Posts Selection

IHSA is pleased to present its selection of humanitarian blog posts #44.

This week, we start the selection looking at how COVID-19 leads to additional hunger to some of the larger and key concerns of humanitarian system.

We look at promising blogs on current affairs: The first is a personal reflection on the on-going conflict in the Tigray region and our failure to define the scale of this humanitarian crisis, and the other includes a look at the heart wrenching conditions of Rohingya’s crisis as the coup unfolds. 

Several blogs focus on sharing ideas to
improving the humanitarian system in the long term. For example, a blog about embracing transparencies at charities, another on development finance for economy recovery in the Sub-Saharan region and an op-ed about the need for the Global North to start recognizing disaster displacement as an on-going issue that affects themselves. 

Lastly, we included a forecast on the 10 crises to watch in 2021, 
enjoy the read!
Our selection for the weeks: 
8th - 14th February
Blood and Water: Personal Reflections on Ethiopia’s Humanitarian Crisis
By: Angela Raven-Roberts
Via: United Against Inhumanity

#Eastern Africa #conflict, security and peace-building

This new crisis has erupted at a time when Ethiopia was at another pivotal moment in its history, one where there was hope that new spaces were opening up for the country to re-imagine and re-envision new governance models. A key challenge now is how to show solidarity with the Ethiopian peoples and support its citizens in their quest for social justice and equality. Read more
From Ethiopia’s Tigray region to Yemen, the dilemma of declaring a famine
By: Alex de Waal - Via: World Peace Foundation
#Eastern Africa #conflict, security and peace-building #food crisis/famine

Every day, more and more reports of starvation trickle out of the Tigray region of Ethiopia that has been hit by conflict. Read more
Survey: Covid-19 exacerbates hunger
By: Kerstin Bandsom - Via: Welt Hunger Hilfe
#Global #food crisis / famine

The results of an Alliance2015 survey on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic of the Global South are sobering: Nine out of ten respondents are poorer as a result of the coronavirus crisis, and four out of ten have less access to food than before. The progress made in development over recent decades is in jeopardy. Read more

Myanmar: The Rohingya question in the current coup*
By: Sreeparna Banerjee - Via: Observer Research Foundation
#Southern Asia #migration, refugees and IDPs

The change of power will hardly alter the fate of the displaced; more neglect and violence is currently being dreaded. Read more

Photo credit: Surian Soosay — Flickr/CC BY 2.0
Humanitarians need to pick up the pace
By: Paul Knox Clarke - Via: ALNAP
#Global #aid policy and practice

In the face of increased vulnerability and decreased funding, the sector cannot afford to drag its feet. Change must happen, and it must happen more rapidly than it has done over the past five years.  Read more
The legal implications of humanitarian aid blockades
By: Eugène Bakama Bope - Via: The Conversation
#Eastern Africa #conflict, security and peace-building #aid policy and practice

What obligations do countries have to allow the provision of humanitarian aid, and what laws hold them to these obligations?  Read more
Humanitarian engagement in social protection: implications for principled humanitarian action
By: Cristina Quijano Carraso - Via: ICRC Humanitarian Law and Policy Blog
#Global #aid policy and practice

In this post, the author explains why it is essential – particularly in this digital age of interoperable systems – that humanitarian organizations consider these challenges in assessing their engagement in social protection programs. Read more
Game-changing finance: three ways to ‘build back better’ in sub-Saharan Africa
By: Judith Tyson - Via: ODI Blog
#Africa #aid policy and practice

The response and recovery to the economic effects of the pandemic is heavily dependent on finance. It is a key enabler of governments’ ability to provide healthcare, support the economic recovery and for the private sector to resume their businesses. Read more
Let’s talk about it: embedding research communication in transformative research
By: Dorothea Hilhorst, Lize Swartz, and Adinda Ceelen
Via: ISS Blog blISS


Discussions on the transformative potential of research have focused little on how research is communicated once it has been conducted and, indeed, while it is conducted. Instead, the focus hitherto has been primarily on data generation processes, with topics such as inclusion, research ethics, and agency frequently discussed. Fundamental questions such as who the knowledge produced through research reaches, at what time, and with which purpose require greater scrutiny. Read more
The people’s edition: 10 crises to watch in 2021
Via: The New Humanitarian

Check out this crowd-sourced list of top humanitarian trends to keep an eye on. Read more
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