Humanitarian Affairs Think Tank
 Humanitarian Affairs Think Tank
Under the direction of Michel Maietta, Senior Research Fellow at IRIS. This space of reflection aims to be an open forum for dialogue and research on humanitarian space’s evolution and the role of its stakeholders.

The humanitarian sector is going through an identity crisis; discussions about its west centric orientation, interventionist nature and more recently the resilience agenda have stirred new thinking but not revolutionary change. This is perhaps because serious consideration of these issues could radically challenge the established models, question our set of values and redefine the balance of power between the humanitarian actors.

This observatory aims to facilitate discussions which will bring together the perspective of actors in the humanitarian field and contribute to the thinking around a new generation of humanitarian organisations.

In addition to the published reports, the Humanitarian and Development programme invites you to attend our “Stand Up of Humanitarian sector”events. These consist of a 15 min presentation from a main speaker, who is then challenged by several contradictors for a further 15 minutes. Following this rebuttal questions are opened to the floor for an hour.

The Stand Ups represent both you and us, they create a new paradigm that is off the beaten track. They also bring a new way of interacting with each other, giving more place for debate, in order to give chance to new ideas in common thinking. As we think that leading new ideas are necessarily the product of a collective work.

By Michel Maietta, Senior Research Fellow at IRIS
Participatory Humanitarian Action… Illusion or Promise Land?
Summary report of the 6th Humanitarian Stand UP held on Thursday, October 27th 2015, with Nathanaël Molle, cofounder of the SINGA association, Michel Maietta, Director of the Strategic Analysis department of Action Against Hunger, Antoine Peigney, Director of Operations and International Relations of the French Red Cros, Sylvie Mattely, Head of Research at IRIS and lecturer and researcher at Léonard de Vinci management school.
Climate Change and Humanitarian Crises: Understanding and Action
Synthesis of the International Conference organized by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, in partnership with the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS), Action Against Hunger (ACF) and Care France, the 9th of September 2015, in Paris.
Perceptions of Success and Failure in Humanitarian Action
By Fernando Espada, Humanitarian Affairs Adviser, Save the Children
The critical role of Humanitarian critique
By Bertrand Taithe, Executive Director – Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, Juliano Fiori, Senior Humanitarian Affairs Adviser and Michaël Neuman, Director of Studies at MSF-Crash.
For democratic revival in Humanitarian Organizations
By Bertrand Brequeville, Desk officer at Médecins du monde
Humanitarian System Resilience & Crisis-societies’ Engagement: Philosophical Entrenchment and Diagnostic Challenges in Perspectives of Humanitarian Governance
By Costantinos Berhutesfa Costantinos, PhD Professor of Public Policy, School of Graduate Studies, AAU Trustee, Africa Humanitarian Action
Islam and Humanitarism: a long drink or a molotov cocktail?
Summary report of the fourth Stand UP- Live debate on humanitarian issues that took place on December, at the IRIS conference center in Paris, with Djamel Misraoui, specialist in international solidarity within the Muslim world and the participation of Ghaleb Bencheikh, (PhD), President of the World Religion Conference for Peace, Jean-François Riffaud, communications and humanitarian development expert, former Red Cross Communication Director, Kader Abderrahim, associate researcher with IRIS and professor of Political Science Institute (Sciences Po Paris), and Christian Troubé, MD of Rue Principale Agency, and the members of the public present at the conference.
« De-Internationalising » Humanitarian Action: Rethinking the « Global-local » Relationship
By Alice Obrecht, Research Fellow at ALNAP
Is the Private Sector Mounting a Takeover of Humanitarianism?
Report from Stand UP:live humanitarian debate "Is the private sector mounting a takeover of humanitarianism?", featuring Boris Martin, chief editor of 'Humanitaire' magazine, with Myriam Bincaille, Managing Director of the Fonds Suez Environnement Initiative, Dominique Mas, head of the mission for humanitarian action at the Crisis Centre of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Development, Serge Michailof, Research Associate at IRIS, Christian Troubé, Director of the Rue Principale agency and all members of the public present.
Is it Acceptable to Lie for a Good Cause?
By Henrik Urdal, Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
Is Humanitarianism Being Dehumanised?
Summary report of the first Stand UP- Live debate on humanitarian issues that took place on 22 May 2014 in Paris at the IRIS conference center with Stéphanie Rivoal, Chair of Action Against Hunger France (ACF France), Pierre Micheletti, teacher at the Institute of Political Studies (IEP) in Grenoble and former Chair of Médecins du Monde, Xavier Emmanuelli, former French Secretary of State for Humanitarian Affairs and Michael Neuman, Director of Research at CRASH, Christian Troubé, director of Rue Principale agency
Senior Research Fellow
Michel Maietta

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