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Prelims [About the author| Foreword| Preface to the first edition| Preface to the second edition| Acknowledgements| Acronyms] 1. Understanding emergencies and disaster-affected populations 2. Understanding disaster-affected populations and programme sectors 3. Managing in emergencies 4. Carrying out an assessment 5. Launching in a new country or area 6. Establishing an office and accommodation 7. Preparing a proposal and negotiating with donors 8. Managing human resources 9. Planning, managing and reporting on a project 10. Dealing with stress 11. Overseeing finance and accounting 12. Setting up a logistics and procurement system 13. Handling transport and maintaining vehicles 14. Communicating using radios and satellites 15. Working with local partners and contractors 16. Building internal capacity 17. Dealing with the media 18. Managing security 19. Monitoring and evaluating a project 20. Coordinating with other organizations 21. Closing an emergency programme Back Matter [Appendix | References| Useful websites| Glossary of common terms| Index]

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'In this second edition Eric James has clearly articulated the new trends in humanitarian relief making it not only a wide ranging informative overview of the entire humanitarian sector but a very current book for now and the immediate future.' Andy Bastable, Head of Water and Sanitation, Oxfam Global Humanitarian Team 'I strongly recommend Managing Humanitarian Relief by Eric James. Besides being very knowledgeable it also has the great but rare virtue of clarity. It actually can be of value to a wide variety of practitioners.' Martin McCann, Chief Executive, RedR UK 'Managing Humanitarian Relief is a critically important resource for practitioners -- a remarkable roadmap for responsible engagement in the field. This book is also extraordinarily valuable for students who aspire to careers in scholarship or practice around humanitarian issues.' Eric Schwartz, former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, and Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota 'Disasters and emergencies are by their nature chaotic. Eric James's practical advice, based on many years of experience, will be a bedrock for those who must turn the chaos of future relief operations into coordinated support for people affected by disaster. The updated Managing Humanitarian Relief fills a real gap in the market.' Robert Hodgson, Hon Coordinator, RedR International 'Dr James has built upon his prior work to address one of the most critically important topics in the aid world; that of managing field programs and leading teams. His emphasis on practical field skills has made his book an important addition to our humanitarian leadership training, and essential reading for all of those who oversee humanitarian programming. His book represents an important step toward professionalizing humanitarian aid.' Michael VanRooyen, Director, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative & Humanitarian Academy at Harvard University

About the Author

Eric James is co-Founder of Field Ready, an NGO focused on innovating for improved ways of providing relief. He has nearly two decades working in humanitarian relief, including in Afghanistan, Albania, Burundi and Liberia. Working in a number of different positions ranging from programme manager and logistician to Country Director, he has covered nearly every facet of NGO programming, management and training.

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"Managing Humanitarian Relief is a critically important resource for practitioners -- a remarkable roadmap for responsible engagement in the field. This book is also extraordinarily valuable for students who aspire to careers in scholarship or practice around humanitarian issues."--Eric Schwartz, former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, and Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
"Disasters and emergencies are by their nature chaotic. Eric James's practical advice, based on many years of experience, will be a bedrock for those who must turn the chaos of future relief operations into coordinated support for people affected by disaster. The updated Managing Humanitarian Relief fills a real gap in the market."--Robert Hodgson, Hon Coordinator, RedR International
"I strongly recommend Managing Humanitarian Relief by Eric James. Besides being very knowledgeable it also has the great but rare virtue of clarity. It actually can be of value to a wide variety of practitioners."--Martin McCann, Chief Executive, RedR UK

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