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Research Unit on Humanitarian Stakes and Practices (UREPH)

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.

News

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Humanitarian corridors: negotiated exceptions at risk of manipulation

05.04.2022

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…

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"Desperate times call for desperate measures"

05.04.2022

What it takes to make humanitarian corridors work for civilians – and why they are not an ideal solution. Read the article (in German)

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Humanitarian corridors in Ukraine: the illusion of an ideal solution

05.04.2022

History teaches us that it would be a mistake to place too much hope in a temporary and restricted right of passage, write Françoise Duroch and Maelle L'Homme in Geneva Solutions.

Ongoing projects

The UREPH’s activities also include contributing to cross-cutting topics within the MSF movement and extending its networks to the academic world.

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.

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MORAL EXPERIENCES

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.

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