Country: Sudan

Does humanitarian space exist in Chad?

On 1 May 2008, Pascal Marlinge, head of mission for Save the Children UK (SCUK) in Eastern Chad, was shot and killed by (at least officially) unknown assailants while travelling in an unarmed UN/NGO convoy close to the Sudanese border. Police investigations are ongoing, and to date the reason why Pascal was murdered remains unclear…. Read more »

Great expectations: (dis)integrated DDR in Sudan and Haiti

Humanitarian and development donors, policy-makers and practitioners are increasingly advocating so-called integrated missions in transitional or post-conflict contexts. Such missions are being described as ‘the new reality’ for UN operations. Proponents of the integrated model are convinced that a system-wide approach to programming in post-conflict contexts can reduce the likelihood of conflicts resuming. More specifically,… Read more »

Assessing psychosocial distress – which lens?

Over the past three decades, there has been a rapid growth in humanitarian interventions attempting to address the psychosocial distress caused by violence and forced displacement. A wide and diverse range of practice has emerged, reflecting different ways of assessing and understanding psychosocial distress. This article highlights some of the assumptions underlying these different approaches,… Read more »

Integrated community health in Darfur: interacting with culture, dealing with insecurity

Health education and promotion is a process of learning and communication designed to improve health information, health literacy, health knowledge and life skills conducive to individual and community health. GOAL’s community health education and promotion programme in North Darfur applies this definition in a community-oriented education and outreach programme. The programme aims to improve beneficiaries’… Read more »

Measuring household food insecurity in emergencies: WFP’s Household Food Consumption Approach

Measuring food security continues to challenge the humanitarian community. While internationally recognised indicators and standardised anthropometric measurements exist to assess the prevalence and severity of malnutrition, equivalent indicators and procedures are not available to assess the extent and severity of household food security. Instead, a variety of indicators and approaches is used to describe the… Read more »

Lessons from an ecumenical humanitarian consortium: the ACT/Caritas Darfur emergency response operation

This article reports on the lessons so far identified from a large, multi-sectoral humanitarian relief effort implemented through a multi-agency ecumenical consortium. It is hoped that the sharing of this experience will enable other agencies to draw on such lessons and stimulate further sharing of experience on the merits and challenges of operational humanitarian consortia…. Read more »

Real-time evaluations in Darfur: some suggestions for learning

Several real-time evaluations (RTEs) have been carried out in Darfur and Chad since the start of the crisis there. Three were presented at the biennial meeting of the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP) in December 2004, and others have also been conducted over the past months. This article looks… Read more »

Supporting the process of settlement: lessons from Darfur

The conflict in Darfur has once again highlighted the challenge of meeting the shelter and settlement needs of large numbers of displaced households in an insecure and rapidly changing environment. Traditional settlement and shelter solutions in Darfur typically enabled these needs to be met, albeit with differing degrees of adequacy. The displacement of over 1.6… Read more »