Humanitarian Futures for Messaging Apps

ICRC, 2017

Today, more than 2.5 billion people around the world communicate via messaging apps such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Snapchat. These and other apps have the potential to make a positive impact in situations of crisis but also to introduce risks relating to security, data protection and privacy. Humanitarian organizations need to better understand these opportunities and risks in order to develop responsible, eff ective and safe ways to use messaging for humanitarian purposes. Produced by the ICRC with the social networking groups The Engine Room and Block Party — and with support from three United Nations humanitarian agencies and the IFRC — this report analyses current and potential humanitarian uses of messaging apps.

Available in English

People on war Perspectives from 16 countries

ICRC, 2016

This survey of 17,000 people from 16 countries analyses their views on a range of issues relating to war. The results are both reassuring and alarming. Most people living in countries affected by armed conflict believe the rules of war matter. More than two-thirds of people living in these countries as well as those from countries that are permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Switzerland think it makes sense to impose limits on how they are fought. Almost half of those surveyed in conflict-affected countries believe the Geneva Conventions prevent wars from getting worse.

Available in English and French

Market Analysis Guidance

ICRC, 2016

This publication features processes and tools that can be used to integrate market assessment into the different phases of the project cycle, taking the Movement’s existing technical documents into account whenever possible.

Available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish

Philippines — Typhoon Haiyan: Three-year progress report

IFRC, 2016

Three years have passed since the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines left 6,300 people dead and affected more than 16 million lives. Typhoon Haiyan packed winds of up to 300 kph and caused storm surges and five- to six-metre high waves at its peak, destroying economic assets and infrastructure, especially in coastal villages across the Central Visayas region.

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Urban Violence and the ICRC’s Humanitarian Response

ICRC, 2016

The destructive force of urban violence on people’s lives and livelihoods — and the suffering it causes — is a major concern of the ICRC in many countries around the world. This new briefing paper explains the ICRC’s approach to a form of violence that will be one of the defining features, and key challenges, of the 21st century.

Available in English and Spanish

Healthy ageing toolkit

IFRC, 2016

By 2050, the number of individuals aged 60 years or above will have tripled from 600 million in 2000 to 2 billion; 80 per cent of them will live in low- or middle-income countries. While these statistics highlight the scale of the challenge society faces, an ageing population provides countless opportunities. Older people are, and will continue to be, vital assets to their families, friends and communities.

Available in English

Teaching, Debating, Researching International Humanitarian Law, Action and Policy in Universities

ICRC, 2017

How can professors, lecturers, researchers and students foster respect for and implementation of international humanitarian law? How can they promote and enhance neutral, independent and impartial humanitarian action? Addressed to the academic community worldwide, this leaflet presents the ICRC’s approach to working with universities and think tanks, and the tools available to support those efforts.

Available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French and Spanish

History of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Volume V: From Saigon to Ho Chi Minh City

ICRC, 2016

Drawing on archives recently opened to the public, this study provides a broad chronological and geographic overview of the ICRC’s activities from 1966 to 1975, and traces the development of its policy on visits to political prisoners. It also provides an account of the ICRC’s work aimed at further developing international humanitarian law — leading to the adoption of the Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions.

Available in English and French

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‘Wildfire diaries’ and radical change in communications

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