The natural disasters that take place every year across the globe are many; some of them have a lower severity, while others are so devastating that they can level entire towns or cities, leaving in their path death and destruction. In 2017 it was Mexico that had to bear the fury of mother nature with earthquakes that have left hundreds dead and thousands of affected … [Read more...] about México receives help in Bitcoins to recover in the wake of the earthquake
Journal of Humanitarian Aid
The realities which Humanitarian Aid Organizations must face are explained in this site. Focusing on:
- The difficulty of offering a fast, quality and efficient response which is simultaneously coordinated with all the agents which participate.
- The challenge is to return the humanity which is lost when facing the consequences or a natural disaster or armed conflict.
- The commitment is to provide humanitarian aid in the medium and long term, until restoring the situation, but without overstaying in the zone.
- Raise awareness in the political actors about those areas in which their function is required since humanitarian aid does not pretend to replace local government functions.
- The commitment to point out and denounce those who are guilty of human rights violations.
- The commitment to save lives and relieve human suffering. Keeping the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence.
- To be alert before its own aid and cooperation actions, avoiding interfering with possible external solutions.
Therefore, the objective pursued by the cooperation agencies cannot only be that of providing humanitarian aid which solves the basic need of the ones affected. It must go beyond, protecting the victims and making the commitment of pointing out and prosecute the culprits, even when the objective is not to revert or change a political conflict situation, since it is far beyond its capacities.
The keys to humanitarian aid
- Shared Competency: In the area of cooperation for the development of humanitarian aid, the EU will dispose of the competency to carry out actions and a common policy, preventing the exercise of this competency from having as an effect hindering other States to execute their own.
- Humanity: To reduce human suffering wherever it is produced, with especial attention to the most vulnerable people will be ensured.
- Neutrality: the aid must not favor any of the involved parties in an armed or any type of conflict.
- Impartiality: humanitarian aid must be given paying attention only to the needs of the population, without discriminating against people.
- Independence: It refers to the separation between the humanitarian objectives and political, economical, military or any other objectives, its only purpose is to relieve and prevent the suffering of population.
Humanitarianism, when applied to an attribute of the human individual, could be defined as a person with philanthropic principles and, in all senses, humane. That the individual is conscious of the suffering of less fortunate humans, and that he acts by helping others, while promoting the idea that all humans should have the same state of wellbeing at their disposal. Mao … [Read more...] about Definition of humanitarianism
John Stremlau May 1998 "This report to the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict appears here with the permission of the Commission. The views expressed are the author's and do not necessarily reflect those of the Commission as a whole or individual Commissioners. Copyright 1998 by Carnegie Corporation of New York." Carnegie Corporation of New York established the … [Read more...] about People in Peril: Human Rights, Humanitarian Action, and Preventing Deadly Conflict
On the Problem of Misuse in Emergency Aid  Georg Cremer Caritas Germany, International Department, and University of Freiburg i.Br. firstname.lastname@example.org [This document first posted on 15 June 1998] Abstract This article focuses on corruption as an internal problem in emergency aid, i.e. misuse by the relief organisations themselves or by employees within the … [Read more...] about The problem of corruption in Emergency Aid
Stuart Gordon (Copyright 2001) Royal Military Academy Sandhurst*'Modern war consumes governments and administrations in its path, leaving anarchy and chaos behind. If authority and the necessary minimum of order and administration are not at once re-established, disorder and subversion can all too quickly erode the victory that has been won in the field. It is said that the … [Read more...] about Understanding the Priorities for Civil-Military Co-operation (CIMIC)