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Geneva Global Initiative Roundtable – Dealing With Existential Risk

2019-07-26T08:12:17+00:00Archives, Commentary, News, Recent Additions|

Dealing with existential risk The threat of existential risk is increasingly recognised by strategic planners as an issue of ever greater importance. The Geneva Global Initiative (GGI) has been created to undertake research and promote understanding in the field of existential risks and ways to prepare to deal with them. In a meeting on 19 June [...]

Strategic Leadership and Enabling Environment in the Humanitarian Sector

2017-10-25T14:52:23+00:00Commentary|

2009 - 2010 Despite frequent reference to 'problems of leadership' or 'strengthening leadership capacity', there had been no systematic attempt to develop disaster management leadership by 2010. A number of stakeholders in the humanitarian sector therefore launched a program of research and training (including HFP, Tulane University's Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy  (DRLA) and People in [...]

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Humanitarian Futures Programme’s Transition

2017-10-25T14:22:46+00:00Commentary|

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

2017-10-25T14:11:37+00:00Commentary|

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 [...]

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

2017-11-07T18:30:34+00:00Commentary|

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 [...]

The distinctive character of the HFP

2017-10-25T15:03:55+00:00Commentary|

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 situation and other vital questions which are dealt [...]

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Humanitarian Futures and the Principled Politicisation of Aid

2017-11-07T18:37:24+00:00Commentary|

The new Government of Australia will soon join the ranks of a number of Western governments that have in various ways brought humanitarian as well as development assistance more closely aligned with the political dimensions of foreign policy. Canada is another recent case in point, and the US Government’s Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) [...]

Preparedness and the Private Sector

2017-11-03T16:02:28+00:00Commentary|

The humanitarian community has tended to see the private sector principally as a source of goods, services, philanthropy and periodic 'corporate social responsibility' (CSR) initiatives. While one cannot deny the importance of these types of activities for the humanitarian sector, a more comprehensive understanding of the humanitarian-private sector interface must consider businesses’ broader role in [...]

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