Our recommendations in January:
Needles in a Haystack: An Analysis of Global SouthRoles in Humanitarian Knowledge Production
HAG et al.'s (2022) illustrates that the knowledge generation, authorship, and cited sources of humanitarian knowledge are predominantly from the Global North, thereby perpetuating inequalities.
Is aid from the richest countries really at a record high?
A look at official development assistance (ODA) figures from the New Humanitarian reveals that the target of 7% of GDP towards ODA is becoming increasingly skewed by the expenses of providing care for refugees at home.
Unravelling Humanitarian Narratives
Lokot's (2022) research article examines humanitarian narratives surrounding changes in gender norms during situations of flight or displacement, and questions paternalistic and neo-colonial stereotypes in gender analyses conducted by humanitarian organisations.
Why “do no harm” should be every tech investor's mantra
This article provides insight and perspective on how technology was discussed at the recent World Economic Forum and highlights its connections with human rights and the approach of ‘doing no digital harm.’
Technologies in humanitarian settings: Engagement and local innovation.
The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative recently published a series of insightful papers on the use of technology in humanitarian action, covering a range of topics such as local innovation, digital literacy, community, and gender-sensitive engagement. The playbook is a valuable prompt to initiate discussions on the importance of human-centred and locally-led approaches to technology in the humanitarian context.
"Zwischentöne" with Ulrike von Pilar
An enlightening and informative interview with Ulrike von Pilar, co-founder of MSF Germany, on the current humanitarian situation, the contradictions and challenges faced by humanitarian workers, the persistent colonial practices and structural racism present on the European continent, and the importance of understanding one's own position and role in the humanitarian system. [German]
What science fiction teaches us about imagining a better world
In a new article, The New Humanitarian asked science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson to imagine what world politics might look like in 2060. This provides a new perspective on scenario planning and predictions for humanitarian practice and encourages thinking not only about necessary futures, but also desirable ones.
The legal battle to stem the EU’s border pushback boom
In this article, Katy Fallon examines how despite being prohibited by EU and international law, pushbacks at EU borders continue to happen and risk becoming normalised. The lack of enforcement mechanisms at the EU level has created a climate of impunity. However, lawyers and human rights organisations are working to hold those responsible accountable in the courts.
Latest Taliban draconian restrictions: now what?
In this blog article, Paul Fishstein examines the consequences of the Taliban's decisions to prohibit women from working at humanitarian NGOs and attending universities. He also discusses the responses of various actors, including international humanitarian agencies, and considers the uncertainty that lies ahead.