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Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed: The MSF Experience (Columbia/Hurst)

Editore: Columbia University Press
ISBN 10: 0231703147 / ISBN 13: 9780231703147
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Titolo: Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed: The MSF ...

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Legatura: Hardcover

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On the occasion of its fortieth anniversary, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has published a book exploring the practical realities of conducting humanitarian negotiations in complex situations.

From international NGOs to UN agencies, from donors to observers of humanitarianism, opinion is unanimous: in a context of the alleged 'clash of civilizations,' our 'humanitarian space' is shrinking. Put another way, the freedom of action and of speech of humanitarians is being eroded due to the radicalization of conflicts and the reaffirmation of state sovereignty over aid actors and policies.

Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed: The MSF Experience challenges this assumption through an analysis of the events that have marked MSF's history since 2003 (when MSF published its first general work on humanitarian action and its relationships with governments). It addresses the evolution of humanitarian goals, the resistance to these goals and the political arrangements that overcame this resistance (or that failed to do so). The contributors seek to analyze the political transactions and balances of power and interests that allow aid activities to move forward, but that are usually masked by the lofty rhetoric of 'humanitarian principles.' They focus on one key question: what is an acceptable compromise for MSF?

This book seeks to puncture a number of the myths that have grown up over the forty years since MSF was founded and describes in detail how the ideals of humanitarian principles and 'humanitarian space' operating in conflict zones are in reality illusory. How, in fact, it is the grubby negotiations with varying parties, each of whom have their own vested interests, that may allow organizations such as MSF to operate in a given crisis situation -- or not.


Claire Magone spent several years working with Action contre la Faim/Action Against Hunger and Médecins Sans Frontières before coordinating Sidaction's international programs.

Michaël Neuman joined Médecins Sans Frontières in 1999. His work focuses on political analysis and issues of immigration and geopolitics.

Fabrice Weissman has been working with Médecins Sans Frontières since 1995 and is the editor of In the Shadow of "Just Wars": Violence, Politics, and Humanitarian Action.

All three editors are directors of studies at Médecins Sans Frontières's Centre de réflexion sur l'action et les savoirs humanitaires, Fondation Médecins Sans Frontières.

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