Sophie Roborgh

legal accountability, has affected our data-gathering and analytical purposes. By seeking ‘evidence’ instead of experiences, we risk overlooking the intrinsic value that providing témoignage [‘witnessing’] on attacks has as an act in itself, and how it can silence victims and witnesses in its own (well-intended) manner. Finally, it questions whether these three key goals – analysis, advocacy and accountability – are all equally well served in our current

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Batman Saves the Congo: How Celebrities Disrupt the Politics of Development
Alexandra Cosima Budabin
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Lisa Ann Richey

partnerships would make them more accountable than the more commonly found short-sighted celebrity do-gooding. Our book explains why they are not. These forms of celebrity humanitarianism maintain an ‘affective visibility’ to the benefit of elites and traditional aid actors in the field but are subjected to limited demands for accountability to any constituency. Finally, understandings of global politics might have suggested that celebrity strategic partnerships’ ability to bring

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Fabrice Weissman

existence. In practice, secrecy helps shield local and international accountability, thus contributing to the continuation of a system that diverts aid resources to criminal organisations, their political sponsors and security and insurance companies. If there’s one deterrent against potential kidnappers, as weak as it may be, it’s publicising their crimes and their consequences. Contrary to conventional wisdom, few political and military organisations

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The Law and Politics of Responding to Attacks against Aid Workers
Julia Brooks
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Rob Grace

, the scope of the interviewee pool allows for an examination of the policy discourse at the global level, especially among those disproportionately represented in policymaking. The majority of the interviews, 104 in total, were conducted remotely via Skype or telephone. Additional interviews, totalling 14, were undertaken in person in Cambridge, Massachusetts (United States), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), and Beirut and Byblos (Lebanon). This article is divided into five sections. The first three sections examine, in turn, legal accountability efforts – or the lack

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Bridging Ethical Divides in Digital Refugee Livelihoods
Evan Easton-Calabria

specifically related to refugees, let alone related to humanitarians seeking to link refugees to the digital economy. Existing definitions of digital responsibility often centre on both accountability and liability: humanitarian actors should be held accountable and liable for actions that go against the so-called humanitarian imperative to do no harm. However, some research notes accountability gaps in relation to humanitarians and their beneficiaries, including refugees ( Martin

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Matthew Hunt
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Sharon O’Brien
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Patrick Cadwell
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Dónal P. O’Mathúna

described affect both operational effectiveness and accountability, from the inclusiveness of needs assessments and feedback mechanisms to the provision of services and the implementation of behavior change campaigns. Confidentiality and conflict-sensitivity are impaired when not everyone can speak for themselves. Organizations were also concerned that the language barriers are impeding their capacity to communicate effectively

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Synchronicity in Historical Research and Archiving Humanitarian Missions
Bertrand Taithe
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Mickaël le Paih
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Fabrice Weissman

research resource, in Birmingham, in NGO history; 3 this has since ceased to be available online – reflecting acutely the fleeting nature of digital records ( Hilton et al. , 2013 ). More recently, the University of Manchester has opened the Humanitarian Archive 4 which collects the private papers and archives of individual humanitarians and smaller humanitarian organisations. Humanitarian archives have always been key to the sustainability of any claims of accountability and transparency ( Roddy et al

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Paul Currion

Humanitarian Technology Conference . Obrecht , A. and Warner , A. ( 2016 ), ‘ More than Just Luck: Innovation in Humanitarian Action’, HIF/ALNAP Study ( London : Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action /Overseas Development Institute

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Planned Obsolescence of Medical Humanitarian Missions: An Interview with Tony Redmond, Professor and Practitioner of International Emergency Medicine and Co-founder of HCRI and UK-Med

and more regulated, more and more accountable, and in a humanitarian setting you hear people saying, ‘I just want to go and treat patients in need’ – OK, but if you have to be accountable in this country, you have to be accountable everywhere, full stop. And I think that’s a problem. You might just think it’s semantics, but I don’t think you should ever alter the standard of care that you deliver; I think you should always give the highest standard of care

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A Response to the Journal of Humanitarian Affairs Special Issue on Innovation in Humanitarian Action (JHA, 1:3)
Anna Skeels

accountability and core concern. The idea of humanitarian innovation as a purely private-sector, tech-focused and product-ridden space is critiqued through attention to the more nuanced evolution of the humanitarian innovation agenda. Some recent efforts to forge or support more ethical, participatory and locally driven spaces for humanitarian innovation are also shared. Finally, the ‘big space’ question of humanitarian innovation at scale is given consideration, as well as the expectations and structural limitations involved. From Black Hole to North Star? [A black

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