The Research Unit of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Switzerland was created in 2006 and aims to improve the way MSF projects are implemented in the field and to participate in critical thinking on humanitarian and medical action, notably by producing publications and organizing conferences and debates.
World Humanitarian Day19.08.2022
August 19th marks World Humanitarian Day. The RTS podcast "Tout un monde" discusses the risks taken by teams in the field with guests from the ICRC, Médecins du Monde Suisse and Françoise Duroch…
Humanitarian corridors: negotiated exceptions at risk of manipulation31.05.2022
The diverse range of situations in reference to which the terms ‘humanitarian corridor’, ‘relief corridor’ or ‘access corridor’ are used, often interchangeably, is matched only by the…
"Desperate times call for desperate measures"10.05.2022
What it takes to make humanitarian corridors work for civilians – and why they are not an ideal solution. Read the article (in German)
Adapting MSF's sexual violence care training approach to middle eastern contexts: what does this mean in practice?
This article shares the learnings of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)’s experience of adapting its sexual violence care training for its staff and missions in the Middle East and North Africa…
Humanitarian corridors: negotiated exceptions at risk of manipulation
In the absence of a normative framework, the concept of humanitarian corridor lacks a consistent definition and is highly vulnerable to political interpretation. The notion underwent multiple…
The war in Ukraine acts as a catalyst for the resurgence of xenophobic discourse thought to be forgotten, especially when they are hiding behind selective solidarity. Two specialists from Médecins…
JOURNAL OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS
Duncan McLean is an editor at the JHA, an open access journal contributing to current thinking around humanitarian governance, policy and practice, and challenging contributors and readers to think critically about humanitarian issues.Latest issue
This ongoing project acknowledges the importance of moral questions in the conduct of humanitarian action and provides staff with a space to share stories and strategies to prevent or alleviate moral distress.See more