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Summary – Issue N°11

  Christophe Buffet

Humanitarian aid workers and the challenge of climate change

p. 1

Focus: Climate change: Understanding, anticipating, adapting

  Guillaume Devars, Julien Fouilland, François Grünewald, Thuy-Binh Nguyen et Julie Mayans

Anticipating uncertainty, preparing for the unknown: humanitarian actors in the face of issues linked to climate change

p. 10
  Runa Khan, Marc Elvinger et William Lebedel

For the climate, end the distinction between humanitarian aid and development aid

p. 24
  Marie-Noëlle Reboulet

From carbon offsetting to climate solidarity

p. 34
  Bruno Jochum, François Delfosse, Maria Guevara, Léo L. Tremblay, Carol Devine

Choices at the time of the climate emergency

p. 44
  Audrey Sala

How to take care of humankind at +2°C?

p. 64
  Arjun Claire et Jérôme Élie

The difficult legal consideration of climate migrants

p. 76


  Manon Radosta


What does the future have in store for humanitarian aid logistics?

p. 90


  Michel Maietta

The geopolitics of homophobia

p. 104


Agnès Varraine-Leca

Yemen: living with bombs and landmines

p. 116


  Totally Brax /Books   p. 134

Summary – Issue N°10

  Boris Martin

Cities: a new humanitarian field

p. 1
  Interview with

J. Adelman

“1919 was ‘year zero’ for internationalism”

p. 8
  M. Neuman

Médecins Sans Frontières-France: tensions arising from the “Migration” projects

p. 22

Focus: The urban bomb: Which impact for humanitarian workers?

  E. Matteudi

Humanitarianism at the heart of tomorrow’s urban challenges

p. 38
  R. Colombier

A development NGO faced with a major emergency in an urban environment

p. 48
  L. Thaller, I. Silver

A virtuous circle of collaboration for an efficient urban humanitarian response: Kampala

p. 59
  E. Bossennec

The “Officials of 40 Street” in N’Djamena: a phenomenon outside the humanitarian field

p. 70
  C. Silva, L. Molfino, A. González, A. Malm

Overcoming barriers for treating people who use drugs in an urban setting

p. 79
  P. Cortés Ferrández

Resilience as a protection strategy in informal settlements

p. 89
  Diego R. F. Otegui

Can gangs play a role in providing relief?

p. 98
  J. Antouly

Urban warfare: a challenge for humanitarian law and action

p. 108
  G. Carbonnier

Revisiting the Nexus: numbers, principles and the issue of social change

p. 120
  M. Bouchon Innovating humanitarian practices through socio-anthropological research p. 136
  D. Alalouf-Hall “The Kamaishi miracle”: lessons learned from the 2011 tsunami in Japan p. 148
  P. Brunet “What have we lost along the way?” p. 164
Reportage Collectif Item Collectif item is an eye-opener p. 172
  Totally Brax /Books   p. 182

Summary – Issue N°9



  C. Egger About the critical junctures in humanitarian history p. 1


  M.-L. Desgrandchamps Biafra: at the heart of postcolonial humanitarian ambiguities p. 8
  Interview with P. Micheletti and

B.-G. David

“The portrayal of humanitarianism has, to say the least, dramatically changed in 50 years” p. 20

Focus: 1968-2018: Breakdown and continuities

  D. Mclean


Humanitarian implications of a re-assertion of State sovereignty p. 38
  P. Laissus-Benoist


The endless restructuring of the humanitarian sector: an inappropriate search for performance? p. 52
  F. Grünewald


Aid workers and the uprooted: chronic of a parallel evolution p. 63
  O. Gómez


Sovereignty as responsibility in East Asia’s response to crises p. 78
  M. Gerbier-Aublanc


The “hybridisation of humanitarianism”: ordinary citizens in French migrant camps p. 90


  R. Kent The future of humanitarianism p. 104


  A. Lefébure


The socio-economic integration of refugees involves recognising know-how, qualifications and skills p. 122


  K. Mansour, J.-B. Richardier & A. Donini


The United Against Inhumanity initiative p. 134
  Totally Brax   p. 157
  Livres Com’passionLives in waitingA Guinean jigsaw puzzleA humanitarian lifeSyria by ReyMosul in the time of the Islamic StateSocial commitment for dummiesMemory of a without borders p. 158

Summary – Issue N°8



  D. Tan

P. Gallien


New technologies put to the test of humanitarian ethics p. 5
  N. Lemay-Hébert,

A. Martel

P. Robitaille


Haiti: tensions between aid relief and development in the health sector p. 18
Focus: The rise of new technologies: Utility, misuse and meaning
  E. Jané,

G. Foutry

S. Sanou


The use of digital tools at large scale: lessons from a health programme in Burkina Faso p. 40
  Le Roch, Dennefeld, Antoine, de Roquemaurel, Bureau et Ait-Aissa


The arbitration required between possibilities of new technologies and usefulness for populations p. 53
  N. A. Raymond et D. P. Scarnecchia


At the era of “humanitarian digitisation”, lifting the veil of newness p. 64
  M. de France

N.-F. Eissen


Fostering good practices in the use of information and communications technologies p. 73
  M. Hofman


Humanitarian drones: useful tool, toxic image p. 88
  A. Boinet

B. Miribel


The Challenges of the new French Humanitarian strategy p. 102
  J. Alejandro


“The biggest area in which blockchain can help promote human rights is digital identity” p. 118
  Entretien avec



An eye on the world p. 132
  Totally Brax Une brève histoire de l’humanitaire p. 161
  Livres The voice of the milieu p. 162
  “Within French diversity, I wanted to address Muslim humanitarian aid”    
      Going against the flow    
      Brauman: the maverick renegade of humanitarian aid    

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Summary – Issue N°7

  Boris Martin Squaring the circle p. 3
  Michiel Hofman Humanitarians in the age of counter terrorism: rejected by rebels, co-opted by States p. 12
  Tarik Kadir The Rohingya refugee crisis: forgotten then, forgotten now p. 26
Focus : NGOs and the private sector: The State as an arbitrator?”
  Jessica Fleurinor and Caroline Putman Cramer The ICRC and partnerships with the private sector: evolution and ethical considerations p. 38
  Pierre Boris N’nde Refugees wedged between corporate malfunctions and the lack of State involvement: the example of a cash programme in Cameroon p. 50
  Interview with

Patrice Paoli

“What’s important, is the mission and that everyone be inspired by common guidelines” p. 64
  Joël Le Corre Social Impact Bonds or the pyromaniac State p. 73
  Interview with

Jan Egeland

“We should be as ambitious in protection of the civilians as we have become in assistance” p. 88
  Julien Potet Snakebites in Africa: a humanitarian and political fight p. 101
  MAPS The MAPS’s Collective p. 110
  Totally Brax Crazy Guidelines p. 125
   Books “NGOs. De-politicization of the resistance to neoliberalism? A developing countries Perspective” p. 126
From Lesbos to Calais: How Europe creates encampments p. 130

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Summary – Issue N°5


  Virginie Troit

Jean-François Mattei-

The challenges of humanitarian transition in Africa p. 3


  Arjun Claire Humanitarian aid as a deterrent in Greece p. 14
  Franck Esnée

Michaël Neuman

Sheltering, hosting or receiving refugees: the unresolved ambiguities of the La Linière refugee camp p. 30

Focus : Afrique: entre ombre et lumière

  Serge Michailof Sub-Saharan Africa: worrying clouds on the horizon p. 46
  Sadio Ba Gning

Kelly Poulet

Senegal: The difficulty for NGOs to gain independence from the State p. 61
  Christiane Rafidinarivo The impact of international proceedings for bypassing the State: the example of Madagascar p. 74


  Arnaud Dandoy The ethics of care versus humanitarian exceptionalism p. 88


  Sandra Calligaro Afghan Stories : Waiting for Hope p. 100


  Totally Brax   p. 115
  Film “Barbarity is well shared : no religion exerts a monopoly over it”, interview with Jonathan Littell p. 116
  Books Chronicle of a genocide p. 121
  Development aid in 350 words p. 130
  In times of remote-control war p. 131
  Is humanitarianism on the decline? p. 139
  A guide to fight against health inequalities p. 144

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Summary – Issue N°4

  Nathalie Herlemont-Zoritchak Regaining a sense of the humanitarian imperative p. 3
  François Frison-Roche Yemen: a conflict behind closed doors p. 12
  Lucile Grosjean Yemen: the challenge of maintaining a humanitarian access p. 17
Focus: Syria: the future in limbo
  Entretien avec Laure Stephan, Jean-Hervé Bradol et Matthieu Rey Crossing glances on Syria p. 36
  Dr Kamel Mohanna Impacts of the Syrian crisis in Lebanon: civil society as a vector of solidarity p. 64
  Peter Harling

Alex Simon

Rosalie Berthier

The aid regime to Syria: a failed localisation p. 70
  Sami Aoun Syria: will diplomacy put an end to the massacre? p. 82
  Entretien avec Stephen O’Brien “We need unconditional, unimpeded and sustained access to every single vulnerable person in Syria” p. 94
  Gwenaëlle Luc-Menichelli Challenges and dilemmas in the implementation of ethical standards in humanitarian programmes p. 104
  Diana Volonakis

Susana Borda Carulla

Children as agents of social and political change for water protection advocacy in post-conflict Colombia p. 120
  Agnès Varraine-Leca Seeing Syria again p. 132
  Totally Brax Silence p. 145
  Books Humanitarian economics. War, disaster and the global aid market p. 146
  Idealism beyond borders. The French revolutionary left and the rise of humanitarianism, 1954-1988 p. 151

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Summary – Third Issue

  Serge Breysse

Jean-Baptiste Richardier

Forced migrations: a necessary humaneness     p. 3


  Antonio Donini World Humanitarian summit: a lost opportunity? p. 14
  Marc Poncin Engaging with National authorities: Médecins sans Frontières’s experience in Guinea during the Ebola epidemic   p. 28
Focus : Forced migration : A global challenge


  Angelique Muller

Michael Neuman

MSF in Grande-Synthe: lessons from an unlikely coalition of actors p. 42
  Idil Atak

Yvan Conoir


“The priority for states must be to save lives” p. 52
  Marie Alice Torré

Thierry Benlahsen


Refugees and displaced persons in Nigeria and Myanmar: rethinking the synergy p. 71
  Achille Valéry Mengo


Refugees and displaced persons in Cameroon: the silent Hydra p. 80
  Paul Chiron Environmental migrations: future prospects p. 88


  Michel Maietta The European refugee crisis: forecasting for 2018 p. 98




  Virginie Troit


Humanitarian ethics and international relations: contradictions or (re)conciliations? p. 112




  Verena Richardier A look at NGOs in China p. 132


  Malika Aït-Mohamed Parent Corruption: a challenge that doesn’t escape the humanitarian sector p. 148


  Laurence Geai Neither safe nor sound: unaccompanied children in the North of France p. 158


    Totally Brax p. 172
  Barbara Hendricks Tribune: Greece is an example of solidarity for Europe!  

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Summary – Second Issue

  B. Miribel 
    The World Humanitarian Summit: What lies ahead?
  J-C. Rufin 
    Humanitarian action in times of « war on terror »
Focus : World Humanitarian Summit : questions remaining to be answered  
   W-D. Eberwein
    World Humanitarian Summit: on the road to Istanbul
  P. Chetchuti, K. Penrose-Theis
    A humanitarian consensus à la française
  G. Price-Jones 
    The Summit of greater uncertainty
  D. Tan, M. Ndiaye
    Crossing glances from Asia and Africa towards Istanbul
  A. Héry, A. Peigney
    Standards and finances: analysis of the report of Ban Ki-moon
  A. Azize Diallo
    Between hopes and fears: what Africa expects from the World Humanitarian Summit
  P. Le Coz 
    Ethical deliberation at the service of humanitarian action
  R. Khan 
    New models of working and partnership in development: the example of Friendship, a Bangladeshi organisation
  S. Maltais, Y. Conoir
    The Canadian Humanitarian Coalition: is three-tiered humanitarianism in the making?
  P. Rochot 
    “Providing proof and showing things through pictures”
   Totally Brax: War against terror
   Film: The White Knights, by Joachim Lafosse
   Book: Hunger, by Martín Caparrós

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Summary – Inaugural Issue


Jean-François Mattei, Benoît Miribel, Jean-Baptiste Richardier Jean-Christophe Rufin

    Why risk publishing a new international humanitarian review?
  Eleanor Davey
    Humanitarian action beyond the “French doctors”
Focus : Ebola : La fin du cauchemar ?
  Pf Jean-François Delfraissy, Benoît Miribel
    Lessons from Ebola
  Michael Edelstein, David L. Heymann
    Ebola: past, present and future
  Jean-Hervé Bradol
    The response to the Ebola epidemic: negligence, improvisation and authoritarianism
  Jean-Pierre Veyrenche
    Tale of a mission to Liberia, unlike any other
  Aboubacar Sidiki Diakité
    Ebola in Guinea: strengths and weaknesses brought to the fore
  Gaëlle Faure, Jérôme Bestier, Pauline Lavirotte, Magalie Vairetto, Jean-Baptiste Richardier
    Breaking the Ebola virus transmission chains: the story of a deployment in Sierra Leone
  Christophe Longuet, Alex Salam, Jake Dunning
    Ebola research: an encounter between science and humanitarian action
  Jean-François Mattei
    Haïti, or humanitarian ethics under question
  Thomas Fouquet
    Humanitarian action in the face of civic mobilisations. The example of the Senegalese movement Y en a marre

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