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Coordination, Cooperation and Collaboration

Draft 1 of the revised Sphere Handbook was circulated for comments in April 2017. In its introduction, the following principle was outlined: “In most cases, a range of needs will be identified, across different individuals and groups. In many cases, these needs will go beyond one...

Making decisions by consensus

"Right," said Owl importantly. "The meeting is con-veened." Pooh scratched an itchy bit between his belt and the bottom of his T-shirt where they didn't quite meet. "Why?" he said, looking nowhere in particular. "Cos we have to decide stuff," said Owl with a small sigh to himself. "Why...

Cash is critical to disaster response operations

Japan’s Tohoku region was transformed from seaside haven to ravaged wasteland when an earthquake-induced tsunami struck in March 2011. Over 15,000 people died. Among the survivors was a sad, leather-faced old man — I will call him Ogata san — who, when asked a few...

Maths for Managers

REALITY CHECK: The size of the population killed, maimed and rendered homeless by the earthquake in Pakistan in 2005 was anybody’s guess. On the suggestion of the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator, the eleven sectoral coordinators gathered the estimates from those few aid agency members that had...

Time Management

“So,” said Christopher Robin, “why aren’t you busy?” “Because it’s a not-too-manic sort of a day,” said Pooh. “Yes, but …” “So why ruin it?” he continued, to no-one in particular. “But you could be doing something jolly, jolly important … ” said Christopher Robin, perplexed. “I am,” said Pooh. “Really?...