Category Archives: Call for papers

Call for papers for Humanitarian Alternatives 16th issue

For its forthcoming 16th issue, which will be published in March 2021, Humanitarian Alternatives is launching a call for papers for its next focus theme, “Sexist and sexual violence in the humanitarian sector”. If you are an actor, researcher or observer of the international humanitarian community, and you wish to submit a proposal for an article on this subject, please send a summary of your argument and an outline (2 pages maximum) to the following email address by 26th October 2020: contact@alternatives-humanitaires.org. You will receive a reply by 2nd November 2020 at the latest.

The final deadline for submitting the article is 1st February 2021. Please note that the article must be around 2,400 words.

As for each issue, the call for papers extends to “miscellaneous” articles, which could fit into the following columns: “Perspectives”, “Transition”, “Innovations”, “Ethics”, “Reports” or “Tribune”.

Prevention, awareness and sanctions for sexist and sexual violence: the current state of the humanitarian sector

Codirected by Jan Verlin, postdoctoral researcher at the Chair in Geopolitics of Risks – École normale Supérieure, and associate researcher at the Centre for the Sociology of Organisations (CNRS-Sciences Po)

In early 2018, the “Oxfam affair” – in which several of the organisation’s employees were accused of committing acts of sexual abuse in Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake in 2010 – revealed that the humanitarian sector is not immune to the epidemic of sexist and sexual violence. Other NGOs, and international organisations, subsequently revealed cases of “sexual misconduct” which had been allowed to take place within their organisations, with victims including direct beneficiaries, vulnerable populations or other humanitarian staff. In reference to the MeToo movement, the hashtags AidToo and ReformAid began trending, becoming the banners for those who had decided to reveal, fight and punish the sexual abuses carried out by staff in the international aid sector. In response, a number of humanitarian organisations outlined the mechanisms which they had already put in place, or offered to reform their recruitment procedures, develop training on sexist and sexual violence, and to overhaul existing sanctions.

In October 2019, a report published by the International Development Committee of the British Parliament reported the limited progress achieved by NGOs in terms of transparency, with some organisations remaining reluctant to publish the number of allegations of sexual abuse which they had received, and the results of their enquiries. Some months earlier, in France, Coordination SUD and its member organisations adopted a chart committing them to implementing specific procedures to prevent and treat cases of bodily and psychological harm, and in particular cases of sexist or sexual violence. These procedures included transparency surrounding confirmed cases, internal sanction measures and reporting to the courts. Other NGO platforms throughout Europe (VENRO in Germany, Partos in the Netherlands, Bond in the United Kingdom), fell in line with this approach, whilst the European Union’s General Directorates ECHO and DEVCO demanded similar assurances from their NGO partners.

In short, the “Oxfam affair” became the affair of the entire domain of international solidarity, representing both a revelation of practices and a possible transformation of the sector. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on this dynamic – as on others – and the signs of its prioritisation or reduction in such a context also have to be addressed.

This focus section aims to study how the moral condemnation of sexist and sexual violence is being translated into organisational reform. Firstly, it is necessary to establish an inventory of existing mechanisms to fight against sexual harassment in the workplace and against sexist and sexual violence towards direct beneficiaries, vulnerable populations or other humanitarian staff.

Based on this perspective, articles may fit into one of the three following themes:

1/ Grasping sexist and sexual violence in the humanitarian sector

How are these forms of violence defined and categorised by humanitarian actors? Which facts are associated with which kinds of violence? Between abuse, exploitation, sexual misconduct and sexism, which perspective should we be working from in order to identify these facts, and why? Which mechanisms have been put in place to flag up and index these facts? How and when were these mechanisms implemented? What are their limitations?

2/ Situating sexist and sexual violence

Do these kinds of violence in humanitarian aid originate in specific social and gender relations? How can they be situated in the interweaving of the relationships between the West and the Global South, rich countries and poor countries, stable countries and fragile countries, and gender relations? What role do field dynamics and relationships between headquarters and field staff play in the reproduction of this kind of violence?

3/ Fighting against sexist and sexual violence

Which procedures and tools have been put in place by humanitarian actors in order to fight against this violence within their organisations? What kinds of sanctions are in place, and how are they implemented? What are the organisational challenges with regard to disciplinary procedures? Which protective measures are available for the victims? How are humanitarian organisations raising awareness amongst their staff in order to fight against sexual violence? What is the role of recruitment procedures in the prevention of said violence?

Call for papers for Humanitarian Alternatives 15th issue

For its forthcoming 15th issue, which will be published in November 2020, Humanitarian Alternatives is launching a call for articles for the issue’s focus theme “The post-COVID-19 world” (provisional title). This focus will be developed in partnership with The International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA) and will expand upon issue 14’s first COVID-19 focus, entitled “COVID-19: Impacts upon humanitarian action”, and going to press at the end of July 2020. If you are an stakeholder, a researcher or an observer of the international humanitarian community, and wish to submit a proposal for an article on this subject, please send a summary of your argument and an outline (2 pages maximum) to the following email address by 13 July 2020: contact@alternatives-humanitaires.org. You will receive a reply by 22 July 2020.

The final deadline for submitting the article is 5 October 2020. Please note that the article must be limited to approximately 15,000 characters, including spaces (approximately 2,400 words).

As for each issue, the call for articles extends to ‘miscellaneous’ articles, which could be included in any of the following columns: “Perspectives”, “Transition”, “Innovations”, “Ethics”, “Reporting” or “Tribune”.

The post-COVID-19 world

Co-piloted by Boris Martin, Chief Editor and François Grünewald, IHSA Board Member

We have not seen the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. After attempting to manage the first episode of the pandemic during the first semester of 2020, and meeting with extremely variable results from one continent to another, the world now faces countless unknowns, with as yet unwritten scenarios.

Already discussed in Humanitarian Alternatives’ issue 14, to be published at the end of July, the impacts of COVID-19 on international aid, in both its humanitarian action and development dimensions, have yet to be identified, understood, foreseen even. No longer in the immediacy of the crisis, but for the years to come, and in all the contexts in which impacts have yet to emerge. In order for us to begin to understand what lies ahead, we must address the underlying issues that govern humanitarian aid.

To begin with, what will be the impacts of the first stage of the crisis upon the world’s economies, at all their embedded levels? The micro level – that of family economics and food security, and, more generally, of day-to-day survival. The meso level – that of urban-rural exchanges, now punctuated by manifold (de)confinements and border closures, and the impacts of these latter upon the vitality of national markets. And finally, the macro level – that of countries and groups of countries at once connected by local trade and regional solidarity, and driving globalisation of trade.

Likewise, what will be the impacts of the crisis on the world’s already-weakened multilateralism, the fragilities of which are becoming increasingly apparent? It remains as critical now as it has ever been to resolve the world’s many ongoing conflicts. Conflicts in which today’s perpetrators of violence have applied exceptionally distinct strategies in order to profit from the pandemic. Will the post-COVID-19 world be able to face the many kinds of crises to come, and draw upon a global governance that has seldom been so unstable, not only in the arena of health but also in the geopolitical arena? What can we reasonably expect, in particular from the United Nations, now that the WHO is paying the price for its criticised management of the pandemic and its manipulation by the world’s larger States, the United States and China front in line?

It is in this maelstrom that humanitarian aid, whether responding to the urgency of crises or supporting populations over the long term, must also find a footing. How will the roles of aid actors change, in a situation in which the mobilisation of international actors in their accustomed fields of intervention remains very restricted, the necessary empowerment of local actors is compelling these latter to become self-reliant, and both private and institutional funding are at risk of massive reductions? How will solidarity reinvent itself? What impacts will the ‘crisis management’ have upon health systems? Will we be able to successfully place anticipation and preparation back at the core of these health systems? And will we be ready if, confronted with societal vulnerabilities, revealed as never before, the pandemic should “resurface”, or if other major disasters should strike in its wake?

Call for papers for Humanitarian Alternatives 14th issue

Given the evolution of the Covid-19 epidemic, we decided to postpone the focus themes of “Sexual and sexist violence” and “Between repressive policies and identity-related tensions, how can NGOs help migrants?” to 2021 in order to focus our last two issues of the year in the impacts of COVID-19 in the humanitarian field. However, we will make sure, that we do not overlook other issues that deserve our full attention, both in these two issues and on our website.

We thank you for your understanding. Read the article

Call for papers for Humanitarian Alternatives 13th issue

In view of the publication of its 13th issue, to be released in March 2020, Humanitarian Alternatives is calling for papers under its next focus theme “The impacts of generational changes on humanitarian aid”. If you are an actor, a researcher or an observer of the international humanitarian community and wish to submit a proposal for an article, please send us a summary and the outline of the paper (2 pages maximum) before December 16, 2019 at the following address: contact@alternatives-humanitaires.org We will respond by December 20, 2019, at the latest. Read the article

Call for papers for Humanitarian Alternatives twelfth issue

N°12 – November 2019: Demography and humanitarian aid

In view of the publication of its twelfth issue, to be released in November 2019, Humanitarian Alternativesis calling for papers under its next focus theme “Demography and humanitarian aid”. If you are an actor, a researcher or an observer of the international humanitarian community and wish to submit a proposal for an article, please send us a summary and the outline of the paper (2 pages maximum) before July 5 at the following address: contact@alternatives-humanitaires.orgWe will respond on July 15, at the latest. Read the article

Call for papers for Humanitarian Alternatives eleventh issue

N°11 – July 2019: Humanitarian aid and climate change

In view of the publication of its eleventh issue, to be released in July 2019, Humanitarian Alternatives is calling for papers under its next focus theme “Humanitarian aid and climate change”. If you are an actor, a researcher or an observer of the international humanitarian community and wish to submit a proposal for an article, please send us a summary and the outline of the paper (2 pages maximum) before April 15 at the following address: contact@alternatives-humanitaires.org We will respond on April 17, at the latest. Read the article

Call for papers for Humanitarian Alternatives tenth issue

In view of the publication of its tenth issue, to be released in March 2019, Humanitarian Alternatives is calling for papers under its next focus theme “Humanitarian aid in cities”. If you are an actor, a researcher or an observer of the international humanitarian community and wish to submit a proposal for an article, please send us a summary and the outline of the paper (2 pages maximum) before December 12 at the following address: contact@alternatives-humanitaires.org We will respond on December 21, at the latest. Read the article

Call for papers for Humanitarian Alternatives ninth issue

In view of the publication of its ninth issue, to be released in November 2018, Humanitarian Alternatives is calling for papers under its next focus theme “1968-2018: Disruptions and continuities”. If you are an actor, a researcher or an observer of the international humanitarian community and wish to submit a proposal for an article, please send us a summary and the outline of the paper (2 pages maximum) before July 5th at the following address: contact@alternatives-humanitaires.org We will respond within 15 days following the reception of your proposal. Read the article

Call for papers for Humanitarian Alternatives seventh issue

In the perspective of the publication of its 7th issue, to be published in March 2018, Humanitarian Alternatives is launching a call for papers on its focused theme “NGOs and the private sector: the State as an arbitrator?” the second part of the 6th Issue’s “Focus” section. If you are an actor, a researcher or an observer of the international humanitarian community, and wish to submit a proposal for an article, please send us a summary and the outline of the paper (2 pages maximum) before December 4th, 2017 at the following email address: contact@alternatives-humanitaires.org. We will respond within 7 days following the receipt of your proposal. The final deadline for submitting the article is January 15, 2018. Please observe that the article must be around 15 000 signs (approximately 2,400 words). Read the article