About us

The Centre for Applied Reflection on Humanitarian Practice (ARHP) documents and reflects upon the operational challenges and dilemmas faced by the field teams of the MSF Operational Centre Barcelona-Athens (MSF OCBA). ARHP’s purpose is two-fold: internally we aim to feed identified lessons learned back into operations as well as to support advocacy efforts, while externally we seek to give visibility to practical and operational constraints in humanitarian practice and, when relevant, how MSF has addressed them.

This website is intended both to serve as a container of the work produced and to facilitate debate and feedback. General comments and questions can be channelled through the “contact” section whilst each document has a dedicated comments thread.

ARHP team


Alejandro Pozo

Alejandro Pozo is Humanitarian Affairs Senior Researcher at MSF. He joined MSF for the first time in 2002, and has also worked in the headquarters as Adviser to the Director of Operations, and in the field as head of mission, project coordinator and researcher, mostly in conflict settings. Beyond MSF, he is a researcher for the Centre Delàs (Barcelona) and collaborates with numerous organisations and institutions. He has conducted related field investigations on armed conflicts, peace, disarmament and military affairs, both from within and outside of the humanitarian sector. Alejandro holds a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies and is a lecturer on armed conflict, peace and security, and geopolitics on Ramon Llull University’s degree in International Relations and on various master’s programmes at different universities.

Rabia Ben Ali

Helen Richards