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Médecins Sans Frontières in Borno State, Nigeria: a critical look at our operations

Interview with Isabelle Defourny – Operations Director at the Operational centre of Paris, Médecins Sans Frontières

In 2016, the Operations Department commissioned a critical review of the operations carried out between 2015 and 2016 in Borno State by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in the north-east of Nigeria. In response, and with the help of Épicentre, Judith Soussan and Fabrice Weissman from CRASH produced a detailed historical account of the analyses made of the situation by the teams, capital and headquarters at the time, as well as the objectives they set themselves, the actions they undertook, the obstacles they encountered and the results they achieved. As part of this project, some of the directors and operations managers who had been involved in these operations took a retrospective look at their own practices: were they late in responding to the catastrophic situation in the IDP camps in rural areas and on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, in 2016 and, if so, why? What conclusions can be drawn a posteriori about the operational choices made and the effectiveness of MSF intervention strategies? And, to take things a step further, what does this experience teach us about how MSF functions and how our teams work? [Read more]

Putting humans first in humanitarianism during the digital age

As a follow-up to our eight issue on new technologies, Anastasia Kyriacou offers us a reflection on the place of the human being in humanitarian 2.0. Even if the article praises the potential of digital technology, it reveals a healthy questioning. [Read more]

“It’s a process for de-politicizing NGOs, a shameful capitulation…”

By Bertrand Bréqueville – Programme Manager, Doctors of the World

Does the pragmatism of some hide an alignment with neo-liberal doctrine and the “healthy and critical distance from the private for-profit sector” of others guarantee the survival of militant humanitarian action? [Read more]

Back against the wall

Patrick Segal • Patrick Segal – writer, left paraplegic after an accident, former French government Interministerial Delegate for People with Disabilities

Jean-Baptiste Richardier • physician, co-founder of Humanitarian Alternatives

U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is widely perceived by the international community as the U.S. giving up on the two-State solution. In this international context leading to a possible new escalation of violence, and to shed light on this decision we publish Patrick Segal and Jean-Baptiste Richardier’s impressions, following their visit to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory in June 2005. Twelve years later, their views on the chances of a lasting peace perspective remain strikingly relevant. [Read more]

Venezuelan migrations in Latin America in a context of humanitarian crisis: stakes and challenges in aid for migrants

As a result of her article on aid for refugees in Ecuador – which will be featured in the forthcoming issue of the review – Lucie Laplace, a Ph.D. student in political science at the Université Lumière Lyon 2 (France) and research associate at FLACSO-Ecuador (Quito), sought to develop her analysis of the fate of Venezuelan migrants in the country, and in Latin America more widely in Latin America. [Read more]

Marc Poncin responds to Dr Diakité’s article

Marc Poncin, MSF coordinator for the Ebola emergency in Guinea from April to December 2014, presently a researcher at the Unité de Recherche sur les Enjeux et Pratiques Humanitaires (UREPH), MSF Operational Center in Geneva, wishes to respond to the article by Dr. Aboubacar Sidiki Diakité « Ebola in Guinea : strengths and weaknesses brought to the fore », published in our inaugural issue. [Read more]