Humanitarianism and War Project

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Humanitarianism and War Project

"ASSISTING IN THE RESPONSE to the heightened challenges, the Humanitarianism and War Project was an independent policy research initiative based at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies in Providence, Rhode Island, and is now part of the Feinstein International Famine Center at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. The project is underwritten by funds from practitioners themselves -- United Nations organizations, government aid agencies, and private relief groups -- and by interested foundations.

"DURING THE YEARS 1990-1996, it conducted more than 3,000 interviews in complex emergencies around the world, producing an array of case studies, handbooks and training materials, books, articles, and op-eds for an audience of practitioners, policy analysts, academics, and the general public. Reviewing conflicts in the Persian Gulf, Central America and the Caribbean, Cambodia, the former Yugoslavia, the Great Lakes region of Africa and the Horn, and the Caucasus, the project analyzed humanitarian activities in their interplay with political and military institutions and formulated practical recommendations. In the years 1991-1994, the Refugee Policy Group of Washington, DC as well as the Watson Institute provided a home base for Project activities...

"INSTITUTIONS CONTRIBUTING to the project since its inception include the following:

"8 governments: Australia, Canada, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States.

"12 intergovernmental organizations: European Commission Humanitarian Office, International Organization for Migration, OECD Development Centre, UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs / Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UNDP, UNDRO, UNHCR, UNICEF, UN Special Emergency Program for the Horn of Africa, UN University, UN Volunteers, and WFP.

"20 nongovernmental organizations: American Red Cross, CARE Canada, Catholic Relief Services, Danish Refugee Council, International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development (Canada), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, International Orthodox Christian Charities, International Rescue Committee, Lutheran World Federation, Lutheran World Relief, Mennonite Central Committee, Nordic Red Cross Societies (Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish), Norwegian Refugee Council, Oxfam-UK, Oxfam-US, Save the Children-UK, Save the Children-US, Trócaire, World Vision, and World Vision Canada.

"9 foundations: Aga Khan Foundation, Arias Foundation, Ford Foundation, Gilman Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, Rockefeller Foundation, and U.S. Institute of Peace." [1]



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  1. A Brief History of the Humanitarianism and War Project, Humanitarianism and War Project, accessed December 20, 2007.