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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.



World Humanitarian Day


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 manipulation


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"


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

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.


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.

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