• 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

Emergency gap series 01

April 2016

This first paper lays out MSF’s concern about the lack of sufficient and adequate humanitarian response capacity in the acute phase of a conflict.

Case Study

April 2017

This case study examines the humanitarian response to the conflict-related crisis in the North-East of Nigeria, focusing primarily on the period from 2015 to the end of 2016.  The aim is test the central hypotheses of the Emergency Gap project: that the current structure, conceptual underpinning and prevalent mindset of the international humanitarian system limits its capacity to be effective in response to conflict-related emergencies.

 

August 2017

The report highlights the impact of violence on the health of populations in the municipalities of Buenaventura and Tumaco, where the medical organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides health services to populations who are victims of violence.

Case Study

June 2017

An emergency WASH gap exists – there is little disagreement on this point within the humanitarian sector. There is a paucity of emergency WASH capacity, but a surplus of complacency. This report provides an overview of both historical trends and current challenges in emergency WASH programming. Some ways forward are suggested and can be summarised as three key take-home points.