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Cooperation, coordination and partnerships

Moustafa described the frustration he experienced during the early days of the Pakistan floods. He felt that the response was ad-hoc and poorly coordinated, and that the attempted interventions by …

Disaster response to meet early recovery needs

The international humanitarian system contains a function – the early recovery cluster group – to address the needs of early recovery. This group faces a challenge when working with other …

Aid interventions to meet immediate needs

On 30 July 2010, Pakistan declared a ‘disaster’, initially requesting specific forms of aid: air support for rescue and food drops were quickly followed by requests to support the construction …

Decision making in disaster response

Decision making is one of the key points of success (or failure) in disaster response. It’s also one of the most challenging elements. In this article, we’re going to consider …

Launching a response

UN guidance documents provide information about the formal system that’s designed to alert the international community to an unfolding disaster and mobilise a response. But of course, the first indication …

Getting the most out of your learning

As this might be your first time studying with Coventry University, we’ve put together a few tips to help you get the most out of the experience. Comments FutureLearn is …

Who was most affected by the flooding?

In Pakistan five groups were severely affected by the 2010 floods. Below we introduce the normal circumstances of these five vulnerable groups prior to the floods. Rural subsistence farmers ©Eric …

Humanitarian principles

Humanitarian principles are a set of statements that provide a foundation for a system of practice and way of working. Humanitarian practice is shaped by principles that have their origins …

Working with local people

In Pakistan, the national disaster management structure was undergoing a period of change. The new disaster management authority was still under development, local government agencies struggled to understand their new …

Disaster response – a paradigm shift

Disaster response and humanitarian thinking and action have undergone significant change since the 1990s, with the focus shifting from needs to rights. Following the Balkan war and the Rwandan genocide, …

Humanitarian actions and disaster response

At this point, it is pertinent to explore the distinction, if any exists, between humanitarian actions and disaster response and management. As you will see from the literature, the terms …

A short history of humanitarian action

Humanitarian action has a long history. The modern view and system of humanitarian aid as we know it – a structured system for the provision of aid to those in …