In an attempt to better understand the new aid landscape, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) conducted three studies to see how MSF field teams interact with ‘new’ aid actors and how decisions on these relations were made.
Three countries where MSF was involved in emergency response in 2013 were selected: Mali, Syria and the Philippines.
Actors encountered during these studies included international NGOs - from the Middle East and Asia - non-European Red Cross and Red Crescent societies working internationally, diaspora groups, regional organisations, governmental agencies, local NGOs and private sector organisations.
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MSF interaction with non-traditional and emerging aid actors in Syria 2013-14
The way in which the Syria war has been fought - and the regional geo-political dynamics that frame it - has resulted in a polarised aid environment. At the core of the challenges facing MSF institutionally in Syria is the reality that the aid landscape has drastically shifted, and MSF is no longer an insider to the aid system, able to criticise the failings of the system from within, while relying on certain operational alliances with NGOs that essentially have the same ‘principles’.
Philippines Tyhphoon Haiyan response
Typhoon Haiyan was a major natural disaster that overwhelmed the capacities of the national and local governments in the Philippines. The international humanitarian system mounted a massive response, and, due to the Government’s openness to receive aid, a wide range of actors responded. Despite this MSF’s interaction with them was entirely pragmatic, based on operational need.
MSF interaction with non-traditional and emerging aid actors in northern Mali 2012-13
This paper attempts to shed light, on the one hand, on the changing landscape of aid actors in Mali with a special attention to the “new” actors; and, on the other hand, to MSF’s relationships (or lack of thereof) with these actors and the factors that shape these relationships.