Ethical Codes in Humanitarian Emergencies: From Practice to Research?

TitleEthical Codes in Humanitarian Emergencies: From Practice to Research?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsBlack, R
JournalDisasters
Volume27
Issue2
Pagination95-108
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number03613666
Accession Number9925410
Keywordscodes , HUMANITARIANISM , LIBERIA , research
AbstractNotable strides have been made in recent years to develop codes of conduct for humanitarian intervention in conflicts on the part of international NGOs and UN organisations. This article seeks to develop a similar code to help the academic and broader research communities respond to humanitarian crises and ongoing complex political emergencies. This paper draws on a case study of research on humanitarian assistance to Liberia during that country's civil war from 1989 to 1996. The difficulties faced by humanitarian agencies in Liberia led to the development of two key sets of ethical guidelines for humanitarian intervention: the Joint Policy of Operations (JPO) and Principles and Policies of Humanitarian Operations (PPHO). This paper seeks to address what lessons, if any, these ethical guidelines, together with different experiences of conducting research in war-torn Liberia, can provide in terms of the role of academic researchers — and research itself — in humanitarian crises.
NotesBlack, Richard 1; Affiliation: 1: Sussex Centre for Migration Research University of Sussex R.Black@sussex.ac.uk; Source Info: Jun2003, Vol. 27 Issue 2, p95; Subject Term: RESEARCH -- Moral & ethical aspects; Subject Term: HUMANITARIANISM; Subject Term: LIBERIA; Author-Supplied Keyword: codes of conduct; Author-Supplied Keyword: humanitarianism; Author-Supplied Keyword: Liberia; Author-Supplied Keyword: research ethics; Number of Pages: 14p; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1111/1467-7717.00222
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