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'They have embraced a different behaviour': transactional sex and family dynamics in eastern Congo's Conflict

The decades-long conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has resulted in major changes to local economies, strained social networks and insecurity. This environment forces many to pursue unconventional and, at times, socially stigmatised avenues for income. This paper...

Sep 2014
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  • "Al-Qaida : une guerre non lineaire,"

    L’après-guerre froide a été marqué par une rupture dans la réglementation internationale régissant le recours à la force. Malgré le potentiel dévastateur des armes nucléaires, la Guerre froide avait la vertu de réguler le flux de violence1 . Elle constituait un déploiement tangible de forces...

    Dec 2005
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  • "Building Peace in a Turbulent World" Lecture with Nancy Lindborg, President of USIP

    The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative is pleased to host a discussion on “Building Peace in a Turbulent World” with Nancy Lindborg, President of the United States Institute of Peace Friday, April 7, 2017 12:30-1:30pm. Light lunch will be provided.

    This event is hosted by the Harvard...

    "Children Affected by HIV/AIDS: SAFE, A Model for Promoting their Security, Health and Development" May 2010
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  • "Finding the Facts": Standards of Proof and Information Handling in Monitoring, Reporting and Fact-Finding Missions

    This paper sets out various dilemmas faced by practitioners undertaking fact-finding missions, based on a desk analysis and extensive interviews with expert practitioners. The paper addresses the challenges, both practical and theoretical, related to standards of proof and information...

    Feb 2014
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  • "From Information Overload to Informed Decision: Designing an Information System to Support Peacebuilding," Nov 2008
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  • "Hope and Despair over Health in Gaza," BMJ vol.333 (by Allan G Hill, Cari Jo Clark, Ismail Lubbad and Claude Bruderlein)

    The Israeli re-invasion of Gaza this July has redrawn the world’s attention to the dire straits of the population living in the Gaza Strip. There, within an area the size of the Isle of Wight, 1.4 million people live without free access to the outside world. Contrary to international hopes, the...

    Oct 2006
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  • "Managing Security Risks in Hazardous Missions: The Challenges of Securing United Nations Access to Vulnerable Groups,"

    Over the last decade, the United Nations (“U.N.”) has taken a central role in the international community’s response to the consequences of disasters and armed conºicts. Increasingly, international strategies to cope with instability and armed conºicts rely on the deployment of the staff of U.N...

    May 2006
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  • "People's Security as a New Measure of Global Stability," International Review of the Red Cross vol.842

    espite renewed commitment by States to respect and ensure respect for the rules of international humanitarian law, the surge of violence against civilians has continued. Entire populations in Europe, Africa and Central Asia have been displaced, harassed or subjected to extreme forms of violence...

    Jun 2001
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  • "Public Enemy Number Two?: Rising Crime and Human Rights Advocacy in Transitional Societies,"

    On March 5, 2002, a special division of the São Paulo military police in Brazil positioned several vehicles with heavily armed ofªcers on a highway near Campinas. The police sought to intercept and ambush a truck transporting twelve suspects that their intelligence services had indicated was on...

    May 2005
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  • "Regulating 'Drugs Wars' and Other Gray Zone Conflicts: Formal and Functional Approaches," Humanitarian Action in Situations Other Than Way, Discussion Paper 2

    Academic debate on whether so-called “drug wars” can be classified as “armed conflicts” is more than just semantic. Indeed, the official designation of a situation as an armed conflict carries with it attendant rights and obligations applicable to states and non-state actors alike. The legal...

    Mar 2016
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  • "Serious" Games: Innovative Learning in the Humanitarian Sector

    Games, simulations, and role-playing exercises have become an important component of capacity building endeavors across the humanitarian sector. Additionally—as reflected in the International Committee of the Red Cross’s (ICRC’s) work with video game developers to ensure that certain violent...

    Jun 2017
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  • "This mine has become our farmland": Critical perspectives on the coevolution of artisanal mining and conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    The debate on conflict minerals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been widely documented by the international media, government and non-governmental agencies and academics. In recent years, a variety of international initiatives have been launched to curb the flow of funding from...

    Jun 2014
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  • "Training humanitarian professionals at a distance: testing the feasibility of distance learning with humanitarian professionals," by Vincenzo Bollettino and Claude Bruderlein, Oct 2008
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  • "We Came Back with Empty Hands": Understanding the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration of Children Formerly Associated with Armed Groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    This report documents the experiences and attitudes of former underage combatants in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who went through the reintegration process, the families and communities who received them and the organizations that funded and implemented reintegration...

    Jan 2013
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  • "We Suffer From War and More War": An Assessment of the Impact of the Lord's Resistance Army on Formerly Abducted Children and their Communities in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

    This study highlights the voices of individuals currently affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army to detail the extensive and systematic devastation felt specifically by formerly abducted children and their communities in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Respondents stressed that...

    Jan 2013
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  • #Westgate Tweets: A Detailed Study of Information Forensics

    Al Shabaab's horrific attack of the Westgate Mall in Nairobi generated over 730,000 tweets during the four-day siege in Spetember 2013. The purpose of this study is to analyze the authors, content and frequency of these tweets in the hour leading up to the attacks and during the two hours...

    Nov 2013
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  • 'Finding the Facts' Standards of Proof and Information Handling in Monitoring, Reporting and Fact-Finding Missions

    This paper sets out various dilemmas faced by practitioners undertaking fact-finding missions, based on a desk analysis and extensive interviews with expert practitioners. The paper addresses the challenges, both practical and theoretical, related to standards of proof and information...

    Feb 2014
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  • 'We Came Back with Empty Hands' Trailer

    This video provides an overview of "'We Came Back with Empty Hands': Understanding the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration of Children Formerly Associated with Armed Groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo," the new report released by the Women in War Program at Harvard...

    Nov 2013
    ...Welcome from the community was high

    ...Welcome from the community was high. Relatives and other neighbours would come to welcome the person who returned. They also counseled them. Some of them would perform the rituals of sprinkling water by hand to show that you are welcome back home from where we had expected you to have...

    2006 Humanitarian Health Conference Report Sep 2006
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  • 2007 Humanitarian Health Conference Report Sep 2007
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  • 2009 Humanitarian Action Summit Report Mar 2009
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  • 2011 Global Surgical Consortium Annual Report

    This report outlines the ongoing work of The Global Surgical Consortium(GSC), a 501c3 public charity that was created in 2010 to address the growing global surgical and anesthesia crisis and to provide...

    Jan 2011
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  • 2011 Humanitarian Action Summit Report Mar 2011
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