Out of sight, out of mind: Europe's increasing pushback against migrants
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...
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic made visible to the general public some of the many challenges associated with humanitarian work. Suddenly mortality rates, shortages of medical supplies and the...
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 ...
The Politics of Infectious Disease - editors' introduction
In this issue, both the special section on the politics of infectious disease, and the other contributions, highlight and return to concerns that have long plagued humanitarianism. For example, all...
Les 50 ans de MSF, ou comment l'humanitaire reste une épine dans le pied des dirigeants
Dresser le bilan de cinquante années d’action humanitaire de Médecins Sans Frontières tout en faisant l’inventaire des défis à venir est un exercice délicat. Avec des activités dans plus ...
Humanitarian discourse and the challenges of migration: the European exception?
Are non-governmental organisations also guilty of double standards? Reviewing humanitarian actors’ approaches to migration in Europe, the author analyses the demands, intentions and dilemmas that...
Research and humanitarian aid: navigating the unpredictable, limiting the avoidable
In the world of international assistance, unsolicited visits by researchers – whether sent from the headquarters of the organisation or from other structures – have long generated conflicting...
Radical Objects: The Obelisk of Axum and the Complexities of Restitution
As aid agencies struggle to access and respond to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Tigray, a comparatively minor note of physical destruction has understandably garnered little attention. In a...
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...