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Revision of the MERS Handbook launched

The revision process of the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (MERS) began with a write-shop hosted by the SEEP Network in Washington, D.C. on 27-28 January. The event was attended by...

Posted: 3rd February 2016

The truth is on the ground

By Erik Johnson (*) We humanitarians often get it wrong. We hand out food to displaced families, only to see it appear on the market so that they can...

Posted: 29th January 2016

“Communities affected by disasters have rights” - Elmehdi Ag Wakina

“The issue of accountability was what made the biggest impression on us,” Elmehdi Ag Wakina says as he recalls the workshop in which he and colleagues first came to...

Posted: 13th December 2015

Towards greater collective accountability in Niger

(*) By Aninia Nadig The contribution of humanitarian standards as a common language to improve collective accountability was emphasised at a workshop attended by key humanitarian actors in Niamey...

Posted: 10th December 2015

“Sphere standards are indispensable in humanitarian response” – Amadou Mansour Diouf

Amadou Mansour Diouf is a curious type of person. Hardly surprising that he discovered and enrolled in a rather demanding e-learning course to find out what Sphere standards were...

Posted: 27th November 2015

Facing humanitarian challenges in Iraq – Hameed Kareem

Hameed Kareem knows first-hand what it means to be in need of humanitarian assistance. As a member of Iraq's Kurdish minority, he and his family experienced internal displacement under...

Posted: 12th October 2015

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