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Do you agree that the protection of persons must be of prime concern in disaster contexts? And do you agree that international human rights law, which is replete with explicit rights for the protection of persons and corresponding state obligations, must also be of prime …

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The World Humanitarian Summit, Effectiveness and Evidence

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Jeroen Jansen
14 June, 2016
Many different opinions have already been expressed on the recent World Humanitarian Summit (WHS)[1], but its ultimate success will be determined by the evidence produced in the coming years. As International Rescue Committee’s President and CEO David Miliband asserted: …

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How can humanitarian and foreign aid policy become evidence-based?

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Paul Cairney
14 June 2016
If the world were devoid of politics, it would not be difficult for humanitarian and foreign aid policy to be evidence-based: simply gather and use the best information available. As Philip Davies describes, this can involve: (a) combining statistical data from population …

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Household Air Pollution and other Environmental Determinants of Health in the context of the World Humanitarian Summit  

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Western Nepal. April 2007. Photo: Niall Roche – while this stove has a flue the physical risk of injury for children is high. The only form of light is the wood being burned on the pan hanging above the stove.
Niall Roche
16 May, 2016
As someone who, …

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The Science of Disaster Health

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Marvin L. Birnbaum, MD, PhD
20 April, 2016
Disaster health is a relatively new discipline. Knowledge of the current status of its evidence base is required to develop a roadmap for the direction and structure of future studies that will contribute to developing …

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What is evidence?

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Evidence is information or data that helps us understand a problem, or support/reject a proposition or hypothesis.  Evidence can be in the form of quantitative or qualitative data, and can be collected using experimental or naturalistic methods of inquiry. If one wants to know the …

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February 2016 Newsletter

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We have recently worked with members of Cochrane and Wiley alongside Kevin Pottie and Leo Ho on a new collection of evidence titled ‘The health of refugees and asylum seekers in Europe’ which we believe is an important topic at this time.
We …

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A Proposed Framework for Improving the Quality of Humanitarian Response


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15 February, 2016 – Tom Kirsch and Paul Perrin
With the swelling number of displaced people and limited global funding, it is increasingly important to support the most efficient and highest quality humanitarian response programs. Measuring the quality and efficiency of a …

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Reducing the impact of extreme environmental events using Environmental Evidence

7 January, 2016 – Andrew S. Pullin & Teri M. Knight
Many would argue that a significant and positive outcome was achieved at the recent Paris summit (COP21) on climate change in December. We may have a real political mandate for action but the world is …

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Will one per cent suffice?

17 November, 2015 – Jeroen Jansen, Director, Evidence Aid
According to the recent synthesis report for the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), research “indicates that at least one per cent of humanitarian spending should be invested in research, evidence and innovation.”[1] It is laudable that the humanitarian …

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