Israeli annexation plan will spark catastrophe for besieged Palestinians

As the world fixates on the novel coronavirus crisis, the Israeli government has inflicted a not so novel disaster on the Palestinians: the annexation of territories in the West Bank. This blog examines the implications of this annexation.

The politics of humanitarian aid to Myanmar

This blog provides reflections on the politics of humanitarian aid in Myanmar and the challenges of getting humanitarian access in the short term and securing human rights for the future.

In a critical moment for Yemen, donor fatigue can have disastrous consequences

This blog reflects on the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen and the challenge of donor fatigue.

COVID-19 could kill off Muslim charities in the West that fail to adapt

This blog reflects on the challenges faced by Muslim charities as the Covid-19 crisis strangles fundraising and threatens lifesaving programs in the field precisely when they are needed most.

Ramadan and social responsibility during the Coronavirus crisis

This blog reflects on how the customary gatherings of Eid al-Fitr have not been possible in the same way as in other years for Muslims across the world.

Peace in Afghanistan? Watch the militias

The prospects of direct talks between Afghanistan’s government and the Taliban have raised cautious hopes after decades of conflict. This blog argues if there is to be durable peace, then Afghanistan’s CIA-supported paramilitary forces must also be disbanded.

Is Mediterranean search and rescue a pull factor? Or is that an irrelevant question?

This blog explores whether NGO activity to assist migrants is a “pull factor”? Or whether the question of “pull factor” the wrong one to start with?

Search and rescue: A necessary presence in the Mediterranean as long as people are drowning

This blog explains why the narrative that search and rescue activities are a pull factor for migration is oversimplified.

The duty to rescue refugees and migrants at sea

This blog explores the obligations states have towards refugees and migrants even before they cross the border, including assistance at sea.

The “pull factor” and cross-Mediterranean migration

This blog examines how “the pull factor” became a central premise in European discussions about cross-Mediterranean migration.

The controversial lifesavers: NGO search and rescue in the Mediterranean

This blog examines the role of NGOs and civil society actors in the search and rescue of migrants at sea.

Afghanistan’s corona threat contagion knows no borders

During March 2020, 145,000 Afghans returned from Iran, many infected with coronavirus. This blog examines the impact of Covid-19 on Afghanistan.

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Who can contribute

We welcome blog contributions from across the humanitarian field, whether you are a researcher, academic, practitioner or postgraduate student.

For example, you may be a researcher wishing to link your studies to current affairs or events, or you may be a research student wanting to share some preliminary research findings. We also welcome contributions from practitioners working in the field wishing to share experiences or reflections on humanitarian issues or practices.

How to contribute

Please use the form above to submit your blog. It is useful if you also tell us how your blog contributes to the analysis or discussion about a particular humanitarian topic or issue.

All submissions should be made electronically and in Microsoft Word (not PDF or any other format). Blog posts should ideally be between 800 and 1,500 words in length. Please do not submit blogs more than 2,000 words.

Please include the names and a short bio for each author (no more than two to three sentences per author). If you use social media, you can also include your Twitter and/or Facebook handles. Also include a title for the blog, as well as an abstract or summary (maximum 100 words).

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Blogs are best when they are easily understood by a wide audience. Please write in an accessible way that will be easily understood. Adding hyperlinks to relevant sources and background information is also a useful way to provide the reader with more information or provide further explanation of complex concepts. Add a short list of references at the end of your blog if necessary.

Please let us know if your blog has been published elsewhere. We can in some cases consider posting pieces that have previously been published, however, the author then needs to obtain permission from the original publisher to re-publish the work.

As a contributor, you are responsible for the factual accuracy of your work. You are also responsible for correctly citing other sources. Responsibility for any plagiarism rests with the author.

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Please be aware that all blogs submitted for publication undergo an independent and anonymous review process. The reviewer may make suggestions to revise your blog prior to publication.

While this blog is hosted by the NCHS, the views expressed by individual authors are their own and must not be interpreted as the position of the NCHS.