ALERT – Release of a new issue of Humanitarian Alternatives !

Posted by: on May 23, 2016 | No Comments

The second issue of Humanitarian Alternatives was released in May 2016, just days before the opening of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS). Drafted to generate and feed the debate, it was largely distributed during the Summit and is now freely available online.



On May 23 – 24, 2016, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) organized the very first World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) on the initiative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon. Held in Istanbul, Turkey, the latter gathered almost 20,000 international solidarity actors interested in discussing the future of humanitarian action.


Generating and feeding the debate ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit

Willing to generate and feed the debate, Handicap International Foundation, in collaboration with four other Foundations, released the second issue of Humanitarian Alternatives (Alternatives Humanitaires in French) just days before the launch of the Summit.

With this international and bilingual review, the goal had always been to offer an open access platform contributing to critical thinking on the humanitarian sector, its practices, challenges and evolutions. In addition, the review creates a space of confluence and dialogue, a proximity and dynamic exchange of views between researchers in humanities and humanitarian practitioners ; in short, a space dedicated to the challenges the humanitarian sector is confronted with. Eventually, it hopes to enhance the international impact of humanitarian approaches rooted in the “without borders” movement, through the pooling of resources, thinking and project.


An international review uniting thinkers and practitioners around one project

Designed to build bridges between practitioners and academics, English- and French-native speakers, the second issue of Humanitarian Alternatives is the faithful reflection of these ambitions.

Thus, Jean-Christophe Rufin, the former President of Action Against Hunger and member of the Académie Française, shares his views on the War on Terror and its impacts on humanitarian action, considering the recent attacks perpetrated in Paris, Brussels, but also Bamako, Peshawar or Kabul.

Later, Gareth Price-Jones, the Senior Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Coordinator for the NGO Care, wonders if the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit is nothing but an enormous disappointment in the making.

And eventually, Philippe Rochot, a journalist and recipient of the Albert Londres Prize (the French Pulitzer Prize) reflects on his life’s work through the photos and portraits he took throughout the years, as a counter-point to the work and pictures of humanitarian actors.


To learn more about the various views expressed in this second issue, please, click here.

Cover of Humanitarian Alternatives' second issue.

Cover of Humanitarian Alternatives‘ second issue.