IHSA´s Humanitarian Blog Posts Selection

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

This week our blog selection focuses on people facing multiple crises and the challenges of responding to this. For example, the effects of conflict and climate change on women in places with existing gender inequality. Or populations with HIV facing hunger in the aftermath of the pandemic, and issues of addressing health inequalities post-pandemic generally. Older people in humanitarian crisis are frequently excluded from assistance.  Other challenges include long-term responses to the crisis in opposition-held North-West Syria, and accountability of aid to its beneficiaries. A more political issue is the failure of the international community to take a clear principled stance on the war against Tigray.  

This week we also include a book recommendation, 
Accountability for Starvation: Testing the Limits of the Law. This timely book explores why famine crimes have not been investigated and proposes new ways of holding warring parties, including states, to account. 

We hope you find this week’s selection interesting, and we wish you a good week ahead! 
Workshop: 6 years after the Agenda for Humanity: humanitarianism challenged

IHSA is delighted to announce that we are collaborating with Erasmus University, Groningen University and the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies on an exciting workshop in Rotterdam on the 25th of November, titled: 

6 years after the Agenda for Humanity: humanitarianism challenged 

The event will bring together international scholars from various disciplinary field, humanitarian practitioners and policy-makers to address the following questions: 

  • How do changes in international and domestic politics alter humanitarian commitments?
  • How is the Agenda for Humanity’s narrative used to further political agenda?
  • What are the implications of the Agenda’s core responsibilities on the power dynamics shaping the humanitarian field?

The call for paper proposals is now open! 
Click here to read more

Our selection for the week: 25 Sept - 2 Oct
It’s time to talk about northwest Syria
By: Natasha Hall and Iyad Agha - Via: The New Humanitarian
#Western Asia #migration, refugees and IDPs #conflict, peace building and security

For much of the world, the Syrian crisis has faded from memory. Yet in the opposition-held northwest, millions of people, many displaced from other parts of the country, are facing the threat of hunger and infectious disease, as the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and his allies increasingly attempt to isolate the territory from access to vital food and medical supplies. Read more
Externalisation and the Socio-economic Rights of Refugees: What are the Obligations of Destination States?
By: Annick Pijnenburg - Via: Refugee Law Initiative
#Global #migration, refugees and IDPs

This post discusses the human rights obligations of states that implement externalisation policies as regards the socio-economic rights of refugees affected by such policies. As the 1951 Refugee Convention is largely silent on state obligations towards refugees outside their territory, and externalisation also affects people on the move who are not refugees, this post focuses on international human rights law rather than refugee law. Read more
Gender inequality, armed conflict and climate change: why militaries can and should map compounded risk
By: Jody M. Prescott, Robin Lovell, and Team Sandhurst - Via: ICRC Blog
#Global #conflict, peace building and security #climate change

In this post, a team of recent graduates from the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and their faculty partners propose a GIS mapping model with overlays showing the cumulative intensity of gender inequality, armed conflict, and climate change in the mission area, letting reliable data speak for itself through color. Read more
How the International Community is Betraying Tigray—and its Principles
By: Alex De Waal - Via: World Peace Foundation
#Eastern Africa #conflict, peace building and security

This post is a commentary on a press briefing and three documents that reveal the thinking of key international actors regarding the war against Tigray conducted by the Federal Government of Ethiopia and the State of Eritrea. Read more
Shortfalls in data exclude older people from humanitarian responses
By: Hester Clark - Via: bond
#Global #aid policy and practice

The humanitarian sector has slowly recognised that if it is to support all people in humanitarian crises to enjoy their rights and receive appropriate protection and assistance, it must accommodate their diversity, experiences, values and needs. Read more
Refugee Camp
A decade in the trenches of accountability – and so much still to accomplish
By: Nick van Praag - Via: Global Truth Solutions
#Global #aid policy and practice

Relinquishing the leadership of Ground Truth Solutions (GTS) to Meg Sattler got me thinking about what we have achieved in trying to forge a humanitarian system that is more responsive to the real needs of people it’s meant to benefit.  Read more
Reimagining the future of global health
By: Dr. Hala Jassim AlMossawi - Via: devex
#Global #aid policy and practice

When world leaders gathered in New York for the first in-person United Nations General Assembly since the COVID-19 pandemic, an underlying debate was evident: How do we move toward a healthier and more secure world?  Read more
Undoing the Migration Digital Black Box
By: Martina Tazzioli and Lucrezia Canzutti - Via: Border Criminologies
#Global #migration refugees and IDPs

Undoing the migration digital black box is key for rethinking political and legal interventions at the border. Indeed, the digitalisation of migration governance has pushed lawyers, activists and NGOs to magnify the difficulty of understanding how borders work: the image of the black box, we suggest, haunts political imagination. Against this background, it is essential to re-inscribe databases and digital technologies into the “contested politics of mobility”, formed by uneven police practices, technical glitches and failures, and migrants’ struggles for movement. Read more
African leaders are colonial too – now is the chance to change
By: Patrick Gathara - Via: Al Jazeera

Queen Elizabeth’s passing should provoke a self-examination of our own role in preserving colonial heritage. Read more
Medicine helps their HIV. Hunger makes it hard to take
By: Prudence Phiri - Via: African Arguments
#Eastern Africa #Covid-19 #food crises, famine

Poor harvests and pandemic-related hardships mean many Zambians living with HIV aren’t getting proper nutrition, putting them at even greater risk. Read more

New book:
Accountability for Starvation: Testing the Limits of the Law

Eds. Bridget Conley, Alex de Waal, Catriona Murdoch, Wayne Jordash (Oxford Univ. Press, 2022)

Famine is an age-old scourge that re-emerged in 2017, when the United Nations identified famine situations in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen. Today, this list is longer. Each of these famines is the result of military actions and authoritarian politics that violate international law by causing deliberate starvation of civilians. This timely book explores why these crimes have not been investigated and proposes new ways of holding warring parties, including states, to account. Read more

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