Country: Iraq

Some thoughts on the conflict in Iraq

In the aftermath of the war in Iraq, airlifts bringing in humanitarian assistance have begun, in some cases backed by the considerable resources released by the US, the European Commission and EU member states. UN agencies, NGOs and ‘specialists in reconstruction’ have begun to flood in. Meanwhile, security remains precarious, and Iraqis are becoming increasingly frustrated. While… Read more »

Iraq: protection, legitimacy and the use of armed force

In January 2003, the HPN hosted a seminar at ODI on the legal and protection questions around a possible attack on Iraq. The meeting began by asking if the legitimacy or otherwise of the use of armed force was relevant to humanitarians. On the face of it – at least on a traditional understanding of… Read more »

Effets des Sanctions Economiques sur la Santé et le Bien-être des Populations

Dans ce dossier thématique, l’effet des embargos commerciaux sur la santé, les services de santé et la sécurité alimentaire est réexaminé d’après les données tirées des études de cas sur Cuba, Haïti et l’Iraq. Le point de vue avancé est que ces conséquences englobent bien davantage que les restrictions sur les médicaments disponibles. Les études de cas laissent également entendre que les… Read more »

Iraq (May 1997)

In November 1996, the oil-for-aid deal drawn up under UN Security Council Resolution (SCR) 986, was signed. At the heart of the deal is the use of proceeds from oil sales for humanitarian assistance to alleviate the hardship caused by economic sanctions against Iraq. Some months before the signature, twenty international NGOs presented the UNDHA… Read more »

Northern Iraq (November 1996)

There has been heavy fighting since the middle of August between the PUK (Patriotic Union of Kurdistan) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in the Iraqi Protectorates of Arbil and Suleimaniyah. The take-over of the Suleimaniyah governorate during the week of 7 September has brought the entire autonomous region in the north of Iraq under… Read more »

Cibler les Pauvres dans le Nord de l’Irak : Le Rôle des Méthodes de Recherche Formelles et Informelles dans les Opérations d’Aide d’Urgence

Ce document se propose d’examiner l’utilité pour les opérations d’aide d’urgence des techniques formelles et quantitatives de collecte de données, grâce à l’étude d’une enquête menée dans le nord de l’Irak. Le terme “formel” s’applique aux enquêtes par questionnaire sur les ménages à partir de techniques d’échantillonnage représentatif en termes statistiques. Par contraste, les méthodes informelles utilisent un échantillonnage non… Read more »

Management of Aid Responses in Emergencies

Some six years after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, international political and aid systems are struggling to redefine their roles. Major changes in the financing and organisation of the aid system are taking place in the post-Cold War era. Overall aid budgets are declining – at the same time the proportion of funds allocated… Read more »

Iraq (September 1994)

The overall economic situation continued to deteriorate due to problems of financing essential imports and the limited availability of commodities and spare parts. Over the last year food prices have increased by over 400% in the centre and south and by around 90% in the northern governates. A recent household survey by OFDA/ODA financed consultants… Read more »

Iraq (March 1994)

Reports from the southern marsh area point to serious nutritional and health situation among the Marsh Arab population as result of the Iraqi government’s blockade and the marsh draining programme.