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Building the evidence-base on Humanitarian Action in an Urbanising World


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Author: Dr Lucy Earle, Urban Adviser, DFID Humanitarian Policy and Partnerships Group
Rapid urban growth in developing countries and its intersection with the effects of climate change is exposing populations of towns and cities to increased risk. In a number of contexts, forced …

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Humanitarian practitioners shouldn’t aim to copy evidence-based medicine

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Author: Rick Bartoldus, Evidence to Action Officer, International Rescue Committee
We’re at a special point in the history of evidence use in humanitarian and development work with donors, policy-makers, and implementers now consistently talking about the importance of evidence in decision making, including during …

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Turning Evidence into Action

Razia*, one year-old, and Selim*, six years-old, children of Nazrin*. They fled Myanmar when their village was attacked and are now living in a makeshift camp in Cox’s Bazar district, Bangladesh.

In their mother Nazrin's* words:

“The military came and burnt our house. They burnt everything. We were forced to leave Myanmar and come to Bangladesh. We had no other option. Now I feel secure at the makeshift camp because no one is burning down houses, no one is shooting anyone. It is safe. We feel secure here. All my children are now happy and safe. Before they weren’t safe, but now we have peace.”

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Author: Gareth Owen, Humanitarian Director at Save the Children UK
The Austrian-American physicist Victor Frederick Weisskopf said, “Human existence is based upon two pillars: compassion and knowledge. Compassion without knowledge is ineffective; knowledge without compassion is inhuman.”
Save the …

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Mental health, disasters and what not to do

mental health disasters and what not to do

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Author: Neil Greenberg, The King’s Centre for Military Health Research, King’s College London
Disasters, man-made or natural, may cause considerable ill-health and misery. Since 1980, when post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) first appeared in diagnostic textbooks, if not before, there has been …

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Ethics OF and ethics IN humanitarian research

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Author: Matthew Hunt
I am pleased to join in the conversation initiated by Donal O’Mathuna, and already taken up by Hugo Slim and Julian Sheather, on the ethics of evidence in humanitarian action. In my comments here, I focus on the second point …

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Global and Disaster Health Special Interest Group: Evidence Aid and me

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Blog: #eahil2017 #icmldub Global and Disaster Health Special Interest Group: Evidence Aid and me
Author: Isla Kuhn
In the past few weeks we’ve been overwhelmed with examples of extraordinary courage from ordinary people. People who have run towards danger, whether it’s been their paid role or not. …

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Blog – Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and evidence: A worrying trend

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Author: Jeroen Jansen, Evidence Aid Director (August 2015 – February 2018)

In the coming weeks, many will look back on the recent 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (2017GP) in Cancun, Mexico, and reflect on its potential contribution to the implementation of the Sendai Framework …

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Blog – Ethics and Evidence – a year on

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Response to Ethics and evidence, by Donal O’Mathuna and Ethics and Evidence – Reply from Hugo Slim
Both Donal and Hugo agree there are at least three interesting ways in which evidence and ethics are linked. The first has to do with interventions designed to change …

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A Path to Progress: Implementing the Sendai Framework’s global mandate for better evidence in disasters

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Author: Lorcan Clarke
Themes – Sendai Framework, Evidence, Data and Collaboration
“There is a need to address existing challenges and prepare for future ones by focusing on monitoring, assessing and understanding disaster risk and sharing such information and on how it is created.” UN Member States, 18 March …

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Facilitating continuity across UK Disaster research


Authors: Dr. Maurice Said and Dr. Hayley Watson – Trilateral Research Ltd.
In 2016, the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS) funded a study to map and visualise data on the distribution of disaster research funding in the UK. The data shows funded projects in disaster …

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