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The Politics of ‘Proximity’ and Performing Humanitarianism in Eastern DRC
Myfanwy James

need for operational ‘proximity’ to, as well as performative distance from, everyday social and political dynamics. Background MSF in North Kivu In North Kivu, international aid organisations installed themselves en masse after the influx of Rwandan refugees in 1994. The urban landscape of its capital, Goma, has been dramatically reshaped in consequence, while a range of NGOs have established projects in rural areas. The medical humanitarian organisation, MSF, has a long history in the region, having opened its first project in DRC in 1977. Today, three

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Matthew Hunt, Sharon O’Brien, Patrick Cadwell, and Dónal P. O’Mathúna

receiving the word of the Other into one’s own home, one’s own dwelling’ ( 2007 : xvi). Humanitarian aid entails overcoming distances: geographic distances as national or international responders travel to a locale experiencing crisis, but also social, cultural, political and narrative distances due to the vastly divergent experiences of people caught up in crises. A key challenge for humanitarian ethics is to take account both of the steep asymmetries

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
David Rieff

will weather this one as well. I certainly hope it will. But to do so, it will have to change radically, as radically as Matteo Salvini, Viktor Orbán and Alternative für Deutschland have transformed Europe’s political, ethical and moral relations of force. And the only way to do this is to let go of humanitarian politics in favor of a politics of the pure and simple. Notes 1 Obviously, despite the efforts of some relief groups to keep their distance from human rights NGOs, the consensus view is that both enterprises

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Hakim Khaldi

the use of poor-quality fuels. This change of direction was also due to a reduction in the number of war-wounded, itself due to the distance from the front line and the new surgical units set up by the armed opposition. At that time, Atmeh was a 17-bed hospital with an operating theatre (used for skin grafts), an emergency room, in-patient beds, a physiotherapy service and a psychological support unit. It was to become the only medical facility in

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Digital Bodies, Data and Gifts
Kristin Bergtora Sandvik

cuteness, to science fiction level body machine melding’. Wearables range from ‘the eminently practical’ to the ‘utterly fantastical’. The functions of these digital technologies are not necessarily novel: paper maps have existed for centuries; pedometers date back to the eighteenth century; devices measuring distances cycled or walked, spectacles, prosthetic devices and wristwatches are further examples of historical wearable technologies ( Carter et al. , 2018

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Staff Security and Civilian Protection in the Humanitarian Sector
Miriam Bradley

(especially expatriate) personnel are distanced from those they seek to assist ( Collinson and Duffield, 2013 ; Duffield, 2012 ; Fast, 2014 ). The inclusion of hard measures for staff at the same time as they are excluded for other civilians can be seen to have two additional consequences. First, providing armed protection to some people – staff – may not only reduce the risk faced by those people but may also serve to increase the risk by those who do not

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A Response to the Journal of Humanitarian Affairs Special Issue on Innovation in Humanitarian Action (JHA, 1:3)
Anna Skeels

model for humanitarian innovation, they are an indication of the recognition that how innovation is financed and incentivised (or not) is a problem to be addressed. This creates at least some distance from Currion’s ‘deeply pessimistic picture’ – the ‘black hole of humanitarian innovation’. Conclusion While there is much progress to be made, based on consideration of the evolution of the humanitarian innovation agenda and professional practice, I would refute the assertion made by Finnigan and Farkas (Innovation Issue) that we have not moved beyond a ‘dominant

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Brad Evans

the power over life; bio-politics can disallow life to the point of death. Violence is progressive and progress is often extremely violent in its normalisation. Violence Can Be Intelligent through a Mastery of Technology If war has been the motor of history, technology has been the motor of war. But what makes technology so masterful is precisely the way it can be presented as ambivalent and its advancing technical armies as objective. Technology has distanced the perpetrator of violence from their victims. It has been well documented how during the Great

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A Focus on Community Engagement
Frédéric Le Marcis, Luisa Enria, Sharon Abramowitz, Almudena-Mari Saez, and Sylvain Landry B. Faye

been another opportunity to ‘eat Ebola money’. The riots were seen as a sign that people would now ‘stand up for their rights’ and put an end to big people’s profiteering. The Chief was aware of the anger directed at him and other authorities during the riots, at their perceived inability to protect the interest of the community in the face of the cynical interests of the response. Unlike national politicians, who could distance themselves from the

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
A Congolese Experience
Justine Brabant

distance’ or ‘three people were killed by gunfire’ also takes financial and physical resources. Unlike journalists – who often set off on their own with just their backpacks, phones and laptops – humanitarian workers, diplomats and even intelligence agencies have the physical resources needed to more systematically analyse events that, if merely reported, don’t ‘say’ much at all. Suppose that the day after tomorrow I arrive in Kitchanga, North Kivu as a journalist

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