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Managing Humanitarian Relief

By Eric James
ISBN: 9781853396694
is aimed at relief workers charged with putting together a programme of action to help people in extreme crisis. It provides humanitarian relief managers with a single comprehensive reference for all the management issues they are likely to encounter in emergency situations.

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  • Synopsis
    Responding Effectively to humanitarian disasters is far from straightforward, and relief workers often find themselves in a world of uncoordinated , highly competitive agencies working with cross-cutting purposes. Managing Humanitarian Relief is aimed at relief workers charged with putting together a programme of action to help people in extreme crisis. It provides humanitarian relief managers with a single comprehensive reference for all the management issues they are likely to encounter in the field. The book is organized in two parts. First, it provides an outline of different relief programming sectors: food and nutrition, health, water and sanitations, and shelter. Second, it presents 20 separate management topics that are essential for overseeing programmes. It’s easy-to-use format includes checklists, tables, diagrams, sample forms, and no-nonsense tips from practitioners to help readers in emergency situations.
  • Table of Contents
    Prelims (Praise for the book, Contents, Tables, Figures, Boxes, Photos, Acronyms, Foreword: A brief overview of humanitarianism today, Acknowledgements, About the author, Introduction: the purpose of this book)
    1. Understanding emergencies and disaster-affected populations
    2. Understanding disaster-affected populations and programme sectors
    3. Managing in emergencies
    4. Carrying out an assessment
    5. Launching in a new country or area
    6. Establishing an office and accommodation
    7. Preparing a proposal and negotiating with donors
    8. Managing human resources
    9. Planning, managing and reporting on a project
    10. Dealing with stress
    11. Overseeing finance and accounting
    12. Setting up a logistics and procurement system
    13. Handling transport and maintaining vehicles
    14. Communicating using radios and satellites
    15. Working with local partners and contractors
    16. Building internal capacity
    17. Dealing with the media
    18. Managing security
    19. Monitoring and evaluating a project
    20. Coordinating with other organizations
    21. Closing an emergency programme
    Back Matter (Appendix 1 - 7, References, Useful websites, Glossary of common terms, Index)
  • Endorsements
    ‘This is a useful reference tool for anyone starting out in their career in humanitarian work.’ Graham MacKay, Deputy Humanitarian Director, Oxfam
    ‘This is a “how to” book that will greatly assist in the professionalization of our programmes and will remain very close at hand during the conduct of our future operations.’ Marc Preston, CEO, Australian Aid International
    ‘A “must-read” for students of the humanitarian relief system and a “musthave on the shelf” for planners and managers of emergency programmes. It combines comprehensive coverage of issues with incisive comments and wellbalanced judgments and, it is clearlywritten.’ David Hulme, Professor in Development Studies, Institute for Development Policy and Management, Manchester University, UK.
    ‘An essential addition to the aid worker’s tool kit. This comprehensive guide should be a part of every humanitarian NGO’s orientation for new staff. A handy reference for all of the major tasks required for the successful establishment of an emergency mission which will likely help NGO staff to avoid the pitfalls and unintended consequences of decisions that are often, necessarily, taken on the fly.’ Peter Medway, Director of Operations, International Medical Corps UK.
  • Details
    Sub Title N/A
    Author Eric James
    Editor No
    Number of Pages 431
    Format Paperback / softback
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