Tag archive for evidence

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

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Author: Jeroen Jansen, Director, Evidence Aid
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 for Disaster Risk Reduction. Some …

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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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