Humanitarian Crises

Humanitarians work in some of the most volatile and insecure environments in the world. Even as they come under increasing attack, humanitarian workers find ways to continue delivering life-saving services to populations in need. Dr. Abby Stoddard has coordinated CIC’s research on the topic of humanitarian crises.  Dr. Stoddard has written extensively on issues in humanitarian action since 2000. CIC has provided consulation to international humanitarian organizations and emergency relief programs.

Related Publications

  • Since October 2014, the region around the town of Beni in north eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) has been the site of some of the worst massacres in the country’s recent history. Over five hundred people have been killed and tens of thousands have fled their homes. The UN mission and the Congolese government have publicly stated that the massacres are the work of Ugandan rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

    Mar 22, 2016
    Jason Stearns
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Nineteen years after the beginning of the Congo wars, armed conflict still affects millions in the east of the country. This essay by CRG director Jason Stearns and our senior fellow Christoph Vogel accompanies a map of armed groups, compiled by researchers across North and South Kivu, in which we catalogue over seventy groups. This is far from a static picture, and we highlight key shifts that have emerged over the past two years: a decline of regional involvement, a fragmentation of armed groups, and a modest drop in the political manipulation of armed groups.

    Nov 25, 2015
    Jason Stearns, Christoph Vogel
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Last week had no shortage of shocking images to illustrate our collective paralysis in the face of the Mediterranean refugee crisis. A three year old boy dead on a beach, waves lapping around his shoes. Thousands of forcibly displaced people marching through the heart of Europe watched by silent onlookers. Borders going back up in Schengen under the guise of traffic control and migrant searches.

    Sep 08, 2015
    Sarah Cliffe
    Europe, Middle East, Syria