WORLD DISASTERS REPORT 2003
- WORLD DISASTERS REPORT 2003
Author(s): International Federation of Red Cross and Red
Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Produced by: International Federation of the Red Cross and
Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) (2003)
In the light of the 'war on terror' and the changing
landscape in which humanitarian organisations operate, this
report asks what ethical dilemmas and moral trade-offs do
humanitarians face in an increasingly politicised
environment? It further asks if aid is really reaching
those in greatest need? Do we even know where
humanitarian needs are greatest? What are the key
principles to help to guide aid programming in the field?
Soldiers and commercial contractors now play a major part
in disaster relief and recovery. How should humanitarian
organisations deal with this new reality?
The report argues that there is a need to create an
environment in which the key humanitarian value of saving
lives with dignity and according to need alone is widely
recognised, understood and prioritised. This means
promoting IFRC values with all those who have a stake in
humanitarian crises: host authorities, donor governments,
development agencies, civil society, military forces,
private sector companies and the media. It adds that
advocating adherence to humanitarian principles is only
part of the story. Crucially, principles must be put into
practice, in partnership with those in need.
Report chapters include:
* humanitarian ethics in disaster and war
* building capacity in disaster - the ethical dimensions
* famine stalks southern Africa
* Afghanistan - power politics or ethical principles?
* forced migration - forgotten disaster?
* assessing the impact of humanitarian aid
* measuring disasters: challenges, opportunities and ethics
* disaster and refugee data
At present only the summaries are available online
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