Ron Waldman • President of Doctors of the World-USA
About six months have passed since the Biden Administration took the reins of government in the United States on 20 January 2021. It seems like a good time to take a look at what it has achieved in the area of global health. Ron Waldman, President of Doctors of the World-USA, leads us through this examination, which is as delicate as it is essential to appreciate the revival of multilateralism, so undermined under the Trump era.Continue reading →
Rory Downham • Director of Engineering and Quality, Bioforce (Lyon, France)
For a long time, the humanitarian sector has claimed its complete “professionalisation”. However, a recent study conducted by Bioforce puts this plaudit into perspective. Rory Downham, who led it, reviews the conclusions of this participatory work which calls into question a few certainties as well as opening up avenues for improvement.Continue reading →
François Sennesael • University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
The call for decolonisation of many areas of social life is increasingly being heard in the international aid sector. For the author, one of the workstreams should concern the advocacy which, according to him and with strong arguments, remains rooted in the system of representation of the Other forged at the beginning of the 20th century.Continue reading →
Martin Vielajus et Jean-Martial Bonis-Charancle • Consultants et enseignants à Sciences Po et à l’Université Paris-Descartes
Could the debate about localising aid and actually putting it into practice undergo an unexpected resurgence due to the global health crisis? Either way, the Covid-19 crisis is an opportunity to review this idea, as the two authors of this article did just before the outbreak of the current pandemic.Continue reading →
Karine Meaux et Haryanti Sunarta • Fondation de France
Chaerul Umam • Bina Desa
Patrick Verbruggen • Triangle Génération Humanitaire
At a time when local actors’ capacities are progressively gaining recognition in the field of international aid(1)The Grand Bargain’s second commitment, established in the wake of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in 2016, pledged “More support and funding tools for local and national responders”. Coordination Sud, Localisation de l’aide. Plus de proximité permet-il d’assurer une meilleure autonomie des projets?, novembre 2019., what lessons has the Fondation de France drawn from its twenty years of experience in giving priority to these local actors? In this article, we provide a comparative analysis of two recent experiences, from Nepal and Indonesia, in order to better understand current trends and meet the challenges that they represent.
The Grand Bargain’s second commitment, established in the wake of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in 2016, pledged “More support and funding tools for local and national responders”. Coordination Sud, Localisation de l’aide. Plus de proximité permet-il d’assurer une meilleure autonomie des projets?, novembre 2019.
Michel Maietta • Senior research fellow at Iris (Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques)
Homophobia, understood as discrimination of all kinds against LGBT people (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender), is still too widely used for internal policy purposes, when it is not part of an international strategy. Michel Maietta describes the grip of homophobia as a (geo)political priority against which it is important to reaffirm that the rights of LGBT people are human rights.Continue reading →
Often neglected, or at least “accessorized”, logistics is nevertheless essential to the success of humanitarian missions. Not to mention that it represents 60 to 80% of their costs. Based on this observation, and the need to optimise operations traditionally conducted in isolation while also integrating climate issues, eleven international NGOs have reflected on what the logistics of tomorrow could be. A single guiding theme: mutualisation.Continue reading →
Gilles Carbonnier • ICRC vice-president and Professor of Economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva)
Might the concept of social change enable us to work towards a better synergy between the current actors in the development-humanitarian aid-conflict prevention Nexus? This is the hypothesis of the economist Gilles Carbonnier, based on the flow of resources to recipient countries of humanitarian aid.Continue reading →
Dr Randolph Kent • Director of the Futures Project, Royal United Services Institute (London)
Going back over 50 years of history in order to consider the future of humanitarianism. Randolph Kent takes up the challenge, pointing out the structural flaws of the system so that it can face up to the stark challenges that, according to the author, are on the horizon. Continue reading →
Alain Boinet • Fondateur de Solidarités International
Benoît Miribel • Directeur général de la fondation Mérieux
For Alain Boinet and Benoît Miribel, the National Humanitarian Conference which took place on March 22nd in Paris represented a qualitative and quantitative leap forward for French humanitarian aid. The new French Humanitarian Strategy was particularly awaited.