Category Archives: Tribune (VEN)

Humanitarian work is coming up against a barrier: how can analysis help devise corrective strategies?

P. Micheletti

Pierre Micheletti President of Action Contre la Faim

Security incidents and the growing difficulties that non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are facing to gain acceptance are problems that are both also rooted in the very structure of the international humanitarian system. The author reviews the system’s architecture and challenges the current funding model and the pressures brought about by anti-terrorism legislation. He calls for a reform of the funding system and argues that a debate is needed within French NGOs. Continue reading

Giving ourselves the means to fight against the impunity of attackers of humanitarian workers

P. Ryfman

Philippe Ryfman Specialist in non-governmental and humanitarian issues

A deadly summer. The numerous killings of aid workers in recent months have rekindled the debate in the aid community. Should legal safeguards be added to the acceptance of risks and the strengthening of security protocols? Philippe Ryfman sets out his point of view, questioning a specific qualification and highlighting the scandal of impunity. Continue reading

Neoliberalism: are we past the peak of the epidemic?

A. Caillé

B. Livinec

Alain CailléSociologue, directeur de la Revue du MAUSS (Mouvement anti-utilitariste dans les sciences sociales)

Bertrand Livinec Analyste en santé publique

While we have all now become amateur epidemiologists, we have also seen first-hand the adverse effects caused by neoliberalism. In an equally relevant and exhilarating parallel, the two authors recount the emergence and subsequent spread of this epidemic, which is by no means unrelated to the pandemic that we are currently experiencing. Which will outlast the other? Continue reading

Should Médecins Sans Frontières join the fight against global warming?

F. Weissman

Fabrice Weissman • Centre de réflexion sur l’action et les savoirs humanitaires (CRASH/MSF)

Our issue on climate change has clearly fuelled the debate within the Médecins Sans Frontières movement. Following an article co-written by members of the Swiss and Canadian sections, Fabrice Weissman presents a critical analysis of the arguments put forward by his colleagues. An analysis that could be useful to the entire movement, and to the humanitarian community as a whole. Continue reading

Chronicle of a foretold manipulation of humanitarian aid?

A. Sala

Audrey Sala • Revue Alternatives Humanitaires

This article cannot be termed a survey but it has much to say about the increasingly strong signs — for anyone willing to notice them — of the growing influence of private economic interests in the humanitarian sector. Audrey Sala brings us an in-depth insight into the world of convergence, “partnerships of enlightened self-interest” and the creeping appropriation of the humanitarian label by stakeholders that are anything but solidarity actors. Continue reading

HIV/AIDS: may our struggle not become undetectable

F. Thune

Florence Thune • Directrice générale de Sidaction

Despite scientific research, nearly 800,000 people still die from HIV and 1.7 million others are newly infected each year across the world. Allocating financial resources to this struggle is therefore still a need, as the challenge is to maintain more than 37 million people in care throughout their lives. But because HIV infection is also a powerful indicator of inequality, the response to it must revolve around new alliances between NGOs to pursue a highly political fight. Continue reading

“What have we lost along the way?”

Pierre Brunet • Écrivain et humanitaire

P. Brunet

This text by Pierre Brunet found its way into the humanitarian microcosm after its publication on the website Défis humanitaires. It is certainly no coincidence that it has generated so many positive, enthusiastic, and maybe even grateful reactions. Indeed, it powerfully coalesces the concerns, disappointments and perhaps disenchantments that the NGO world is experiencing. Pierre Brunet surely knew how to put into words the sometimes confused, untold or withheld feelings. May this text trigger a reflection about our own drive, and on what we refuse to become. Continue reading

The United Against Inhumanity initiative

Khaled Mansour, Jean-Baptiste Richardier and Antonio Donini • Members of the emerging movement United Against Inhumanity

K. Mansour

J.-B. Richardier


A. Donini

We are inaugurating a new “Tribune” section that will allow for the expression of various initiatives in the humanitarian sector, and original, iconoclastic and even polemical points of view. And it’s the United Against Inhumanity initiative that features in its first edition. Born of urgent expectations, disappointed by the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, matured within the Forum Espace Humanitaire and supported during its embryonic phase by the Humanitarian Alternatives association, it takes its official flight to call for a global mobilisation of civil society. Continue reading