ALERT – Humanitarian Alternatives’ newest issue is out: “NGOs and the private sector: the State as an arbitrator?”

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The 7th issue of Humanitarian Alternatives “NGOs and the private sector: the State as an arbitrator?” is now online. 

For several years now, the humanitarian ecosystem has been in transition. Alongside traditional actors – mainly the United Nations and NGOs – the private sector (businesses, corporate foundations, social businesses, etc.) has made a remarkable entry into the humanitarian field.

Under the theme “NGOs and the private sector: threat or opportunity?”, the 6th issue – released in November 2017 – aimed at making an inventory and setting the terms of the dialogue between businesses and NGOs: is the frontier between the profit and the non-profit sector still relevant? Should we impose limits on businesses? What kind of advocacy speech NGOs need to carry?

As this “Focus” section did not exhaust this essential subject, the 7th issue of Humanitarian Alternatives extends this reflection and this dialogue by more specifically questioning the role that the State, guarantor of the general interest and arbitrator of specific interests, can play in this debate. More precisely it will examine its role in promoting a shared ethics. After all, isn’t international solidarity part of the public interest?

You will also find in this issue Michiel Hofman’s analysis on the effects of rhetoric – and practice – of the fight against terrorism on rebel movements driven to the edges of International Humanitarian Law; an article about the situation of Rohingya refugees at the border of Myanmar and Bangladesh by Tarik Kadir, engaged in the field alongside Secours Islamique France; an exclusive interview of Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council NGO; and the humanitarian and political fight of Médecins sans frontières against snake poisoning, now considered a neglected tropical disease. Also, don’t miss our selection of photographs from the collective MAPS, our reading recommendations and the satyrical drawing by Brax!





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Humanitarian Alternatives is an international bilingual (French/English) review supported by:

• la Fondation Handicap International • la Fondation Action Contre la Faim • la Fondation Bullukian • la Fondation de Recherche Caritas • la Fondation Croix-Rouge française • la Fondation de France • la Fondation Mérieux • la Fondation Roi Baudouin • La Fondation OVE • le Gouvernement princier de Monaco/ Direction de la coopération internationale.

In collaboration with a developing network of partner universities and institutes:

• École Supérieure de Commerce et Développement 3A • Institut Bioforce • Université Aix-Marseille/Centre d’Études et de Recherches Internationales et Communautaires (CERIC) • Université de Liège • Université de Lyon/ Université Lumière Lyon II • Université Félix Houphouët Boigny/Chaire Unesco pour la culture de la paix Abidjan • Université Laval (Québec) • Université Saint Joseph/École Libanaise de Formation Sociale (ELFS), Beyrouth • UQAM (Montréal)/Chaire Raoul Dandurand