The Views of National Authorities on Global NGO Certification: A Scoping Exercise

This scoping exercise was conducted in 2013 on behalf of the Steering Committee on Humanitarian Response (SCHR). The purpose of the exercise was to examine the views of national disaster management officials regarding plans for a global NGO certification system. The report represents the first effort of its kind to engage national disaster management officials in discussions around NGO accountability and global NGO certification models.

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Corporate Engagement in Natural Disaster Response: Piecing Together the Value Chain

Commissioned by Chevron and published on behalf of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in 2012, this report addresses the following issues: (1) ongoing efforts to better match corporate supply with humanitarian demands through common convening platforms; (2) the important role of the U.S. government in guiding corporate engagement; (3) the need to transfer corporate skill sets to humanitarian partners through focused staff exchange programs; (4) the case for greater corporate action in the areas of disaster risk reduction and recovery as a means to strengthen consumer markets and product supply chains; and (5) the imperative to localize corporate engagement to the greatest extent possible.

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Government Decentralization in the 21st Century: A Literature Review

De centralization is widely lauded as a key component of good governance and development. It is also broadly recognized as a process fraught with complexity and potential failure. This background paper, produced for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in 2011, offers a review of 33 scholarly papers, articles, and books on decentralization from 1956 to present, with the majority of works (26) published since 2000. It includes research by the U.S. government, the World Bank, national and international think tanks, and a wide range of universities and scholars. An annotated bibliography is included at the end summarizing the reviewed works.

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Somali Futures: A Pilot Survey

An initiative of the Humanitarian Futures Programme at King’s College, London, this survey explores how Somalis see the future of their country. Stacey White conducted interviews and focus group discussions with Somali Diaspora residing in the United States, and prepared an analysis of their views. The HFP study was published in 2011.

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Emerging Powers, Emerging Donors: Teasing Out Developing Patterns

In an effort to develop a baseline of knowledge around the subject of emerging humanitarian donors, this report offers an analysis of the role of emerging powers as humanitarian donors through a quantitative study of natural disaster response donations over the last six years. Using the Indian Ocean tsunami as a starting point, it examines the recorded contributions of emerging powers to the largest natural disasters between 2004-2010. Included in the analysis are the Indian Ocean tsunami (2004), the Kashmir earthquake (2005), Cyclone Nargis (2008), the Sichuan earthquake (2008), the Haitian earthquake (2010), and the Pakistan floods (2010). Emerging donors comprised in the analysis include the BRICs, Asian nations, and Gulf countries. The paper was published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in 2011.

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Strategic Leadership in 21st Century Humanitarian Organizations: A Preliminary Scoping Exercise

Published in 2010 by the Humanitarian Futures Programme at King’s College, London, this scoping exercise defines the key characteristics required for effective humanitarian leadership. It also considers the institutional adjustments necessary to provide an enabling environment for such leadership in the humanitarian industry. The findings of the scoping exercise are based on interviews Stacey White conducted with more than 20 global leadership experts across a range of professional fields.

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Humanitarian Horizons: A Practitioners’ Guide to the Future

Published in 2010, this guide merges the projections of global change highlighted by four earlier research papers with the futures perspectives of operational humanitarian agencies. The guide aims to help aid agencies to make the necessary changes to their thinking and organization in preparation for the future. Serving as the culmination of the Humanitarian Horizons project, the guide was commissioned by members of the Inter-Agency Working Group and implemented jointly by the Feinstein International Center (FIC) and the Humanitarian Futures Programme (HFP) at King’s College, London. Stacey White managed the production of the earlier research papers and drafted the final Practitioner’s Guide.

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Final Report of the Phase II Mission to Tajikistan

This report summarizes the activities and findings of a mission to Tajikistan conducted for the Humanitarian Futures Programme (HFP) at King’s College, London. The goals of the mission were to assess the futures capacities of Tajikistan’s country-level humanitarian stakeholders. Following an initial assessment of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in May 2008, HFP conducted a follow-up mission to the country in June/July 2009 to explore concrete ways to support the Government of Tajikistan, the UNCT, and other stakeholders to prepare for an increasingly complex humanitarian future. Stacey White led the follow-up mission, which included multiple in-country interviews and the facilitation of a conference. She then drafted the final report of the Phase II Mission.

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