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The Routledge Companion to Humanitarian Action

Edited by: Roger Mac Ginty , Jenny H Peterson

Print publication date:  March  2015
Online publication date:  March  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415844420
eBook ISBN: 9780203753422
Adobe ISBN: 9781135013936

10.4324/9780203753422
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The Companion on Humanitarian Action addresses the political, ethical, legal and practical issues which influence reactions to humanitarian crisis. It does so by exploring the daily dilemmas faced by a range of actors, including policy makers, aid workers, the private sector and the beneficiaries of aid and by challenging common perceptions regarding humanitarian crisis and the policies put in place to address these.    Through such explorations, it provides practitioners and scholars with the knowledge needed to both understand and improve upon current forms of humanitarian action. 
 The Companion will be of use to those interested a range of humanitarian programmes ranging from emergency medical assistance,  military interventions, managing refugee flows and the implementation of international humanitarian law.  As opposed to addressing specific programmes, it will explore five themes seen as relevant to understanding and engaging in all modes of humanitarian action.  The first section explores varying interpretations of humanitarianism, including critical historical and political-economic explanations as well as more practice based explorations focused on notions needs assessments and evaluation.  Following this, readers will be exposed to the latest debates on a range of humanitarian principles including neutrality and sovereignty, before exploring the key issues faced by the main actors involved in  humanitarian crisis (from international  NGOs to local community based organizations). The final two sections address what are seen as key dilemmas in regards to humanitarian action and emerging trends in the humanitarian system, including the increasing role of social media in responding to crises.
 Whilst not a ‘how to guide’, the Companion contains many practical insights for policy makers and aid workers, whilst also offering analytical insights for students of humanitarian action.  Indeed, throughout the book, readers will come to the realization that understanding and improving humanitarian action simultaneously requires both active critical reflection and an acceptance of the urgency and timeliness of action that is required for humanitarian assistance to have an impact on vital human needs.  Exploring a sector that is far from homogenous, both practitioners and scholars alike will find the contributions of this book offers  them a deeper understanding of the motivations and mechanics of current interventions, but also insight into current changes and progress occurring in the field of humanitarian practice.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Wonderful Work Download PDF
Chapter  2:  From Protection to Disaster Resilience Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Critical Readings of Humanitarianism Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Gender Analyses Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Humanitarian History? Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Humanitarian Motivations Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Neutrality and Impartiality Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Universal Rights and Individual Freedom Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The Principle of ‘First Do No Harm’ Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Legitimacy Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Altruism Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Humanitarian Space Download PDF
Chapter  13:  The Responsibility to Protect Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The United Nations Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The Red Cross and Red Crescent Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Regional Humanitarian Organizations Download PDF
Chapter  17:  ‘Non-DAC’ Humanitarian Actors Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Military and Humanitarian Actors Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Private Military and Security Companies Download PDF
Chapter  20:  The Private Sector and Humanitarian Action Download PDF
Chapter  21:  News Media and Communication Technology Download PDF
Chapter  22:  National NGOs Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Religion and Humanitarianism Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Medical NGOs Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Securitization and Threats to Humanitarian Workers Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Non-State Armed Groups and Aid Organisations Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Dealing with Authoritarian Regimes Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Humanitarian Action Through Legal Institutions Download PDF
Chapter  30:  The Humanitarian Impact of Climate Change Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Exit Strategies Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Humanitarian Futures Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Professionalisation of the Humanitarian Response Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Urban Refugees Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Charitable Giving Download PDF
Chapter  36:  New Communications Technologies in Emergencies Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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