"Wichtig ist, Frauen in den Teams zu haben"
How far do aid organisations go to be able to deliver assistance in authoritarian states? A conversation with Françoise Duroch about difficult compromises, working with the Taliban and whether the...
Total, entre caution morale et greenwashing
Early February, TotalEnergies announced that it had appointed Jean-Christophe Rufin to launch an assessment of the humanitarian situation in northern Mozambique. The mandate of this former...
Les ONG et l'autre moitié du monde
At the end of December, the humanitarian sector was informed that women in Afghanistan were banned from working for non-governmental organisations on the grounds that some had been seen working...
Ethical considerations around the use of humanitarian imagery
Françoise Duroch, Maelle L'Homme29.11.2022
The growth of social media has reduced the world to a “global village” in which images travel fast and far. When they feature vulnerable people, the impact can be disastrous. Starting from a...
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...
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...
Humanitarian corridors in Ukraine: the illusion of an ideal solution
Françoise Duroch, Maelle L'Homme10.03.2022
"Humanitarian corridor". In just a few days, these two words have become a common theme in public speeches about Ukraine, evoking the illusion of an ideal solution to the suffering of people trapped ...
Sexual abuse perpetrated by humanitarian workers: from moral relativism to competitive victimhood
Drawing on the example of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Françoise Duroch and Emmanuel Noyer review the measures taken by the non-governmental organisation (NGO) to combat sexual violence. The...
Should we discriminate in order to act? Profiling: a necessary but debated practice
In October 2020, MSF organised a workshop in Dakar on staff profiling in operations in the Sahel. Profiling involves the selection of staff based on non-professional criteria, including nationality,...
Vaccination: A Matter of Trust, with Caveats
Duncan McLean, Françoise Duroch16.01.2021
The palpable relief being felt by many over the accelerating approvals of apparently safe and efficient Covid-19 vaccines is hardly surprising. But away from triumphalist headlines, partially satiric ...
«Vivement le nouveau vaccin, qu’on puisse le refuser»
A l’aube des premières campagnes de vaccination contre la Covid-19, une formule a largement circulé sur les réseaux sociaux, en substance: «Vivement la sortie d’un nouveau vaccin, qu’on...
Tough choices: moral challenges experienced by aid workers during the Covid-19 pandemic
Françoise Duroch, Miriam Kasztura23.07.2020
The truly unprecedented nature of the pandemic has mobilised and confused humanitarian NGOs and their staff as much. Forced inaction mixed with setting up programmes within a context of high...