Victims or Empowered Citizens: Moving Beyond the Traditional Humanitarian Aid Model

This post was written by Shonali Banerjee, Doctoral Researcher in International Development, University of Sussex. 

As global humanitarian crises get broader, more complicated and more urgent, it’s critical to evaluate the current aid models and how they might be improved. Professor Thea Hilhorst of Erasmus University in the Netherlands discussed this topic earlier in the summer during a fascinating lecture at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). A long-time scholar of humanitarian and reconstruction issues, Professor Hilhorst examined the many pitfalls of the classical humanitarian aid paradigms and explored the direction future humanitarian aid models can (and likely should) take. Here I’ll discuss the lecture and it’s many key takeaways, and relate Professor Hilhorst’s points to my own previous work with refugees on the Thailand/Myanmar Border. Read more ›

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Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Climate of Conflict

by Allana Boateng – BA Politics & International Relations, University of Sussex

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD’s) exist in 149 countries and affect over 1 billion people. The WHO has made significant progress in eliminating NTD’s such as Lymphatic filariasis in Egypt (as of the 12th of March 2018) and Dracunculiasis in Kenya and South Sudan. Through their public health approaches, which are delivered both locally and through member states, implementation of resolutions is ensured. Efforts to carry out campaigns endorsed by the World Health Assembly NTD Resolution have become some of the largest public health initiatives in history; their legacy has been embedded in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (2015-2030).

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Union Revitalisation and Women Workers at the Intersection of Gender and Class

This post is by Hannah Loosley completed the MA in the Social Anthropology of the Global Economy at the University of Sussex in 2017.

Women working in care, catering, cleaning, cashier and clerical jobs (the 5 Cs) have long been neglected in trade unions and politics. Their jobs are seen as ‘extras’ – helping other people be fed and cared for, so they can do their ‘proper’ work.

Traditionally, trade unions have been white, male, blue-collar worker-dominated spaces, but things are changing. More and more unions are setting up networks for women and other underrepresented identities, such as LGBTQ and BME people. But though these groups exist, do their members have a voice at the table? Do they have the power to change the agenda? And do they deal with intersections effectively?

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“Stop Abortion” in Poland: Is the Polish Legislation to Become Even More Restrictive?

This post is by Katarzyna Wazynska-Finck is a PhD candidate in the Law Department, European University Institute.

The legal regulation of access to termination of pregnancy currently in force in Poland is one of the most repressive in Europe. Abortion care is legal only in three cases: when there is a threat to life or health of the pregnant woman, when the pregnancy results from criminal offence, and in case of serious and irreversible foetal abnormality or incurable illness (the last case is often referred to in Poland as ‘eugenic’ abortion). This legislation dates back to 1993 and is often referred to as ‘the Compromise’: a middle ground between a total ban (called for by some Catholic groups) and the availability on demand (which was the state of law under the communist regime).

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Sussex Academics Discuss Human Rights, Identity and the Role of the State in Religious Belief and National Security

On 13 December the University of Sussex hosted a consultation on the Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) and Security guidance paper, a document drafted by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The OSCE comprises 57 member states from Europe, Asia and North America, providing a platform for open dialogue and joint action on security issues. The OSCE addresses a wide range of concerns- including arms control, national minorities, democratization and, in this case, freedom of religious belief.

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