Dilemmas, Challenges, and Ethics of Humanitarian Action Reflections on Medecins Sans Frontieres' Perception Project
What are the ethical issues involved in providing humanitarian aid? What is the real impact of humanitarian groups? Médecins Sans Frontières sought to answer these questions in the Perception Project, a study that spanned four years and more than More...
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What are the ethical issues involved in providing humanitarian aid? What is the real impact of humanitarian groups? Médecins Sans Frontières sought to answer these questions in the Perception Project, a study that spanned four years and more than ten countries. MSF interviewed close to 7,000 people in order to understand the ways that patients, populations, authorities, and communities perceive the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization's principles and medical practices. While the quality of its medical action is renowned and praised, MSF struggles with the ability to respond to crises, the safety of its teams, and the development of effective interactions with diverse populations and authorities. Dilemmas, Challenges, and Ethics of Humanitarian Action is a series of reflections on the Perception Project that presents the insights and analyses of authors from a diverse array of fields including communications, ethics, medicine, humanitarian studies, and political science. At a time when humanitarian aid is under increasing scrutiny, this book provides insiders' perspectives on how one of largest and most influential non-governmental medical organizations can better serve those in need. Contributors include Caroline Abu-Sada (MSF Switzerland), Naomi Adelson (York University) Donald C. Cole (University of Toronto), François Cooren (Université de Montréal), Sonya De Laat (McMaster University), Laurie Elit (McMaster University), Larissa Fast (University of Notre-Dame), Matthew Hunt ( McGill University), Kirsten Johnson (McGill University), Khurshida Mambetova (Former MSF Canada), Frédéric Matte (Université de Montréal), John D. Pringle (University of Toronto), Lynda Redwood-Campbell (McMaster University), Lisa Schwartz (University of McMaster), Chris Sinding (McMaster), Jennifer Ranford (University of Waterloo), Peter Walker (Feinstein International Center, Tufts University).
Caroline Abu-Sada holds a political science and international relations PhD, and has held several positions in the field, notably in the Middle East, for Oxfam GB, the UNFAO, and MSF-Switzerland. Since 2010, she represents MSF at the steering committee of the Center for Studies and Research on Humanitarian Action in Geneva, an organization led by both the Graduate Institute and the University of Geneva, and coordinates the research unit of MSF. She is the author of "ONG palestiniennes et Construction ï¿½tatique, L'Expï¿½rience de Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC) dans les Territoires Occupï¿½s Palestiniens, 1983-2005," as well as several articles, reports, and chapters on humanitarian action, NGOs, and the Middle East.