Centre for Applied Reflection on Humanitarian Practice

Emergency Gap

The project responds to MSF’s concerns regarding the declining emergency response capacity and presence of humanitarian actors in conflict zones. The Emergency Gap work aims to diagnose the drivers of this loss of emergency focus and to analyse the enablers and disablers for the provision of effective response in acute conflict settings. The project also aspires to stimulate debate with a view to identifying better strategic and operational approaches for delivering critical assistance to people trapped in situations of armed conflict.

Attacks against medical mission

Facts, analysis and lessons learned from MSF’s experience in conflict settings/zones

Humanitarian practice

Reflection and analysis on challenges and dilemmas linked to the delivery of humanitarian assistance

Nowhere to go

Challenges faced by sexual violence survivors in accessing services in Bangui, Central African Republic
November 2019

Sexual violence (SV) has garnered a lot of attention at international fora in recent months, with millions of dollars in donor funding pledged towards ending this “epidemic”, particularly in areas of armed conflict. However, survivors of SV in CAR aren’t feeling the impact of this momentum due to services often being absent or dysfunctional.


Displacement and humanitarian response in Ethiopia: challenges and dilemmas in complex crises

June 2019

Since the end of 2017 the number of people internally displaced by violence in Ethiopia has risen significantly. As a result, the humanitarian community — including MSF — has suddenly found itself needing to adapt and scale up its response to meet the acute needs in conflict-driven crises.


Central African Republic: Unprotected

February 2019

Summary of internal review on the October 31st events in Batangafo, Central African Republic


Emergency Gap final report: Bridging the emergency gap

Reflections and a call for action after a two-year exploration of emergency response in acute conflict
4 April 2018

There is general consensus that the humanitarian sector is failing to mount timely and adequate responses in the acute phase of conflict-related emergencies, according to the two-year Emergency Gap Project by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).