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What is research in humanitarian crises and do ethical research principles apply?

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Authored by: Rebecca Barber
I recently attended a conference on ethical research in humanitarian crises, organized by the Post Research Ethics Analysis (PREA) project and Ohio State University’s Center for Bioethics.  There was a rich array of presentations from across the world, …

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Ebola and evidence: Five years on

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Ebola and evidence: Five years on – Launch of the Ebola Collection 
Authored by: Hannah Hafezi
On March 23rd 2014, the Ministry of Health in Guinea notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of an Ebola outbreak in the South-eastern region of …

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Speed up your qualitative analysis with Data Stripping Sheets

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Speed up your qualitative analysis with Data Stripping Sheets
Author: Tom Wein
Download the Data Stripping Sheet tool here.
All researchers know the feeling: another late night, another tight deadline. It shouldn’t be that way, this time it wasn’t going to be that way, but somehow it is. …

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Launch of new priority area: Oral health for refugees and asylum-seekers

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Authored by: Jan Clarkson, Mary Macdonald, Rebecca Harris, Mark Keboa, Abirami Kirubarajan and Lara Hollmann
According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, by the end of 2017, the number of forcibly displaced individuals worldwide had reached over 68.5 million.1 This number has increased …

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The use of evidence synthesis in the humanitarian field

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Authors: Zahra Saad & Tamara Lotfi
The UNHCR has reported that Lebanon’s refugee population increased from just over 250,000 people in early April 2018, to nearly one million by the end of October. Contrast this with the fact that the Lebanese population itself consists of only …

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Do we all speak and practice “humanitarian” in the same way?

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Authors: Clara Egger  and Doris Schopper
Earlier this year, more than 1000 people from humanitarian organisations and networks responded to our online survey exploring how meanings and uses of concepts central to the humanitarian field are perceived by practitioners. 766 respondents answered all the questions, revealing reasonable …

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Long term impacts of shelter programmes

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Author: Charles Parrack, Oxford Brookes University
Earlier this year, the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) at Oxford Brookes University in the UK welcomed people from various backgrounds to a workshop on longitudinal studies in shelter. Longitudinal studies are by no means a new concept …

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Refugee mental health: exploring the impact of community-based psychosocial interventions

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Author: Dr Ross White, University of Liverpool
The UNHCR (the United Nations Refugee Agency) indicated that, as of the end of 2017, 68.5 million people across the world had been forced to leave their homes [1]. Of all the continents, Africa hosts the largest number of …

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“Because rolling dice, asking for divine intervention and taking wild stabs at the problem don’t work”: The use of evidence in humanitarian response

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Authors: Dell Saulnier, Claire Allen, Anneli Eriksson, Ben Heaven Taylor
Generating and using scientific evidence in humanitarian contexts is not easy. High quality research evidence requires foresight, time, money, human resources, collaboration and buy-in from numerous …

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How can evidence-based practice support forecast-based financing

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Authors: Anne-Catherine Vanhove, Trui Van Ackere, Philippe Vandekerckhove, Emmy De Buck
Forecast-based financing (FbF) aims to bridge disaster risk reduction and disaster response, by using a weather forecast for rapid-onset hazards such as floods, extreme cold or cyclones to trigger action just before a disaster happens. …

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