This edition of Humanitarian Exchange focuses on the crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), where spiralling violence has left thousands dead and more than a million displaced.
- In her lead article, Enrica Picco highlights the slow and inadequate response to the crisis, and questions whether the humanitarian system has the will and capacity to respond in such contexts.
- Alison Giffen and Marla Keenan argue that protecting civilians should be the top priority of MINUSCA, the new peacekeeping mission.
- Emma Fanning emphasises the need for the mission to safeguard the distinction between humanitarian and political and military decision-making.
- Josep Zapater explores strategies to protect Muslims besieged in Bangui.
- Anthony Neal reports on efforts to promote reconciliation and enhance social cohesion.
- David Loquercio reflects on his temporary deployment to CAR as an interagency coordinator responsible for promoting accountability.
- Keith Chibafa reports on a pilot of a digital system to manage relief distributions.
- Jacobo Quintanilla and Jonathan Pedneault discuss the role of the local media in enhancing dialogue and reconciliation.
- Sean Maguire outlines the International Committee of the Red Cross support for health services
- Diana Trimiño Mora and her co-authors describe the International Rescue Committees efforts to address violence against women and girls.
- Lola Wilhelm presents the key findings from the Assessment Capacities Projects recent analysis of humanitarian needs assessments.
Articles in the Practice and Policy Notes examine:
- UNMISS experience of protection of civilians sites in South Sudan
- The use of social protection systems to implement emergency cash transfers in Lesotho
- Lessons on engagement with armed groups in Afghanistan and Somalia.
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