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Through an analysis of the events that have marked MSF’s history since 2003, this series of case studies and historical accounts describes the evolution of MSF's humanitarian ambitions, the resistance to these ambitions and the political arrangements that overcame this resistance (or that failed to do so). Analyzing the political transactions that allow humanitarian activities to move forward (but that are usually masked by the lofty rhetoric of ‘humanitarian principles’), they focus on one key question: what is an acceptable compromise for a humanitarian organization such as MSF?

edited by Claire Magone, Michaël Neuman, Fabrice Weissman
22/11/2011

This study sheds light on the mechanisms producing the official data used by humanitarian aid decision makers. It views Early Warning Systems (EWS) as tools that facilitate consensus between the decision-makers involved in the allocation of food aid, enabling them to reach institutional agreements. This argument is strengthened by a socio-theoretical analysis and by ethnographic observation of experts' practice in Ethiopia (2002-2004), whose results of food aid evaluations appear as a combination of empirical and political factors.

François Enten
01/11/2008