Humanitarian Futures Programme’s Transition

As you may recall from earlier posts on the website, the Humanitarian Futures Programme will conclude at the end of March 2014. We hope that you feel that HFP has achieved the objectives to which it committed itself in 2005, and that its efforts have helped those with humanitarian roles and responsibilities to prepare for the…

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Inspiration for setting up the HFP

Author: Dr Randolph Kent

My perspective was shaped by my Rwandan experience in 94-95 after the genocide there. I arrived as the UN coordinator for the humanitarian operation and really thought I knew what to do in that kind of emergency.  I’d been there and done that in a lot of assignments.  Two weeks later I realised how little…

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Is better delivery of assistance the key to a future for the humanitarian project?

Arjan Hehenkamp and Sean Healy

The following is a response from Médecins Sans Frontières to HFP’s discussion paper The Future of Non-Governmental Organisations in the Humanitarian Sector: Global Transformations and Their Consequences, commissioned by the START Network. Is better delivery of assistance the key to a future for the humanitarian project? By Arjan Hehenkamp and Sean Healy The world is…

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The distinctive character of the HFP

December 3, 2013

The vast majority of the organisations in the humanitarian sector are rightly focused on the immediate.  In order words, “How effective was our response in Haiti.   How good are we at linking conflict prevention with humanitarian response?  What are the roles of the military in a peace-building...

If we fail to anticipate future humanitarian threats, we fail human kind

November 22, 2013

If we don’t engage in the long-term perspective we’ll fail to mitigate the worst excesses of new and more complex crises. There are two other dimensions also.  The first is that we have got to stop seeing our responsibility in terms of the trifurcation of prevention, preparedness and response. ...

Creating an environment for strategic leadership

November 4, 2013

The HFP has at the very least opened and highlighted a debate on strategic leadership and what individual organisations need in a strategic leader.  We ask, what is the enabling environment that a strategic leader needs? This in turn links to the consideration of the sort of organisation a strategic...

The ICRC: A Retrospective – Geoff Loane’s personal reflections

October 22, 2013

Geoff Loane is head of mission for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in London where he manages relations with the UK government and other stakeholders involved in humanitarian work during armed conflict. Previously, he was head of delegation for the United States...

New Types of Disaster Demand Creative Thinking Now

October 15, 2013

We need to wake up to the reality that there’ll be new types of crisis drivers, new types of disasters in the future.  The cybernetic failure where your credit cards and phones don’t work. The major threat of radioactive nuclear waste leakages picked up in the airwaves. The consequence of globalisation...

The 11th Existential Risk

September 29, 2013

A nuclear exchange between Pakistan and India leads in some still undetermined but plausible future to the deaths of 20 million people in both countries. In its aftermath, five million tonnes of soot lifts high into the atmosphere, and shrouds the sunlight. Surface temperatures drop to minus 1.3...

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