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Participatory resilience in informal settlements

Participatory resilience in informal settlements

It is vital to understand the self-regulating dynamic of informal settlements, contends Evgenia Mitroliou. People living in these communities are far from being passive victims and should be actively involved in improving conditions and infrastructure

  • Comment
Marking World Civil Defence Day

Marking World Civil Defence Day

March 1 was World Civil Defence Day, which took the theme of 'Civil Defence and the new information technologies', says Vladimir Kuvshinov, President of the ICDO

Flood response in Georgia

Flood response in Georgia

Last year Tbilisi suffered devastating floods that killed 22 people and hundreds of animals from the Georgian capital’s zoo. Here, the Emergency Management Agency describes how the incident occurred and the rescue and clean-up responses

Interoperabilty utopia - work in progress

Interoperabilty utopia - work in progress

The word interoperability doesn’t necessarily flow easily from the lips, which is somewhat analogous to the difficulty of achieving interoperability in practice, says Brian Dillon

  • Multi-agency
Why do companies still make the same mistakes?

Why do companies still make the same mistakes?

For decades, crisis management has been institutionalised and taught at universities. Corporations and businesses have procedures in place. So why are some still making the same mistakes when facing a crisis? Caroline Sapriel provides some answers

  • Management
INGO kidnap - a challenging new dynamic

INGO kidnap - a challenging new dynamic

Andrew Brown traces how fatalities and subsequent lawsuits against law enforcement and shipping companies have improved response and hostage negotiation in kidnapping and piracy, arguing that these pressures now also apply to INGOs

  • Security
The Bacha Khan University attack

The Bacha Khan University attack

On January 20, 2016, four gunmen stormed the Bacha Khan University, killing 21 and injuring another 22 people. Luavut Zahid visited the scene and spoke to both the authorities and those who defended the campus

  • Incident
Helping families through the identification process

Helping families through the identification process

Losing a loved one after a major disaster is inevitably traumatic. But responders and psychologists can work with families to ensure that mental scarring is kept to a minimum during the identification process, say Erik de Soir and Emily Hough

Earthquake preparedness

Earthquake preparedness

Earthquake preparedness activities are effective. The challenge is convincing people to take them seriously and to maintain levels of readiness during times of relative quiet, says Gillian Dacey

  • Preparedness
Iraq's mental healthcare crisis

Iraq's mental healthcare crisis

While war once again rages in Iraq, levels of humanitarian suffering are rising, says Alys Brown. As the violence continues, it is becoming increasingly apparent that oft overlooked mental health needs require careful and urgent attention

  • Humanitarian
Sexual violence in conflict

Sexual violence in conflict

Understanding how, why, if and when sexual violence is used, and against who and by who, should be a central part of how we understand and respond to armed conflict, according to Dyan Mazurana and Phoebe Donnelly

Mass sexual abuse: Portent of a wider crisis?

Mass sexual abuse: Portent of a wider crisis?

Lina Kolesnikova and Emily Hough say an increase in sexual attacks is in serious danger of damaging European cohesion and must be addressed, both for the sake of the victims and to avoid wider societal crisis implications

  • Comment
Displacement crisis in Europe

Displacement crisis in Europe

Much has been facilitated, enabled and achieved to respond to the emergency looming on Europe’s doorstep, explain Lisa Hastert and Marcia Kammitsi. But political solutions and commitment will be required to tackle the root cause of the current crisis

  • Refugees
The border security paradigm

The border security paradigm

Attila Freska says there are three strategic security imperatives that governments and global security leaders should implement when seeking solutions to effective control of frontiers in an age of porous borders and global radicalisation

Picking up the pieces: UXO in Syria

Picking up the pieces: UXO in Syria

James Le Mesurier and Ethan Wilson describe the training and equipment planned to help the White Helmets assist the civilian communities of Syria, who have endured staggering levels of bombing with cluster munitions

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