The Politics of ‘Proximity’ and Performing Humanitarianism in Eastern DRC
Myfanwy James

the complexities of the brokerage work conducted by Congolese MSF staff working in a ‘field’ that is not a distant, liminal space, but their country (and region) of origin. They have complicated and heterogeneous political and social histories, networks and perceived identities in the areas where MSF works. This ‘proximity’ is a double-edged sword: local staff are essential to networking with armed actors and political authorities, as well as translating the meanings of policies and principles into practice, yet they find themselves either at risk, or perceived as a

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Interpreting Violence on Healthcare in the Early Stage of the South Sudanese Civil War
Xavier Crombé and Joanna Kuper

were leaving Leer as well, MSF’s 240 local staff stayed and continued to operate the hospital. Looting of the facility reportedly began in the last days when the staff were present and working, involving civilians and combatants alike in the panic and confusion created by the government’s offensive, including shelling the town. As one local witness recalled: ‘Light things like mats, medicines, items which can easily be picked up were taken by people from the community

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Sophie Roborgh

the staff elsewhere, including concerning publicising attacks. Local staff were worried about the repercussions of publishing certain information, which was not necessarily shared by the advocacy and media staff located elsewhere. Firstly, some pressed their media and advocacy departments not to publicly mention the destruction of a facility, as they were afraid that it would allow the Syrian and Russian governments to know that they had successfully hit their target

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Megan Daigle, Sarah Martin, and Henri Myrttinen

. In these spaces, the intersectional threats – that is, compounding and distinctive forms of marginalisation and risk 2 – faced by non-white (especially local) staff, those of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) or those with disabilities are often not factored in. Conversely, threats to (white) women staff are cast as a kind of ‘stranger danger’ – emanating from non-white locals and militant actors rather than

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

also more internally oriented dimensions of mitigating vulnerabilities that focus on ‘risk management’, for example, which seeks to manage, through developing bureaucratic procedures and context analysis capabilities, where humanitarian actors go and how they undertake their work in order to keep them safe. Other options in this vein are evacuation, scaling down, and ‘remote management’ (meaning withdrawing international staff and leaving implementation to national or local staff who still reside in the country), a controversial option that can unduly transfer risk

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Staff Security and Civilian Protection in the Humanitarian Sector
Miriam Bradley

, implying the transfer of responsibility – and often risk – to local staff or local partner organisations ( Stoddard et al. , 2010 ). International humanitarian agencies have also evacuated civilians relatively frequently in recent years, mainly from siege environments ( Norwegian Refugee Council, 2016 : 5). However, such evacuations are usually to another site in the same country, and the expectation is that local

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The Indian experience
Shirin M. Rai

women and evaluates the progress made. The Commission carries out its function at different levels. It sets up committees to investigate particular issues that are urgent or policy related. So, for example, it set up a committee to investigate the rising numbers of female infanticides in the state (province) of Tamil Nadu in 1992. Such a committee would be chaired by the Commission member responsible for the particular area but would be staffed by the local contacts of the Commission. This means that the availability of trained local staff becomes an important issue

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Managing the criminal facets of war economies
Jenny H. Peterson

the members of management court, Kosovo’s assembly was not happy with that . . . the SRSG said, well, we still have executive powers . . . when the SRSG goes, you’re free to choose whatever you want’ (I37). The OSCE, responsible for legal monitoring in Kosovo, has also raised concerns about levels of executive interference in judicial decision making (OSCE, 2006c: 64). This interference, and threats to judicial independence, is not only a concern in regard to local staff but also in relation to the IJPP. Because of the way in which international judges and

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The politics of exhumation in post-genocide Rwanda
Rémi Korman

conservation of human remains at six genocide memorial sites in Rwanda’, Inforce Foundation Report, series 1, 2003. The INFORCE Foundation has four main objectives: to respect the human needs of families regarding the return of bodies and the choice of burial site, to help in the prosecution of those responsible for these crimes by collecting evidence, to set and disseminate professional standards in forensic science, and to train local staff in forensic science methods. G. Muramira, ‘Genocide experts meet in Kigali’, New Times, Kigali, 2 June 2010. The members of this

in Human remains and identification
Sabine Clarke

such individuals as ‘top-grade staff’, the newspaper also raised the question of whether there would room for West Indian staff at the institute on the basis that ‘the chance to share in work of such an important nature should not be missed by talented and suitably equipped young men and women in the Caribbean’. Thaysen’s response to the enquiry about employing local staff was, ‘you must remember that the institute to be formed is not purely a Trinidadian, but an Imperial affair. West Indians will be as welcome as anyone else.’ In other words, there might be room

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