International Humanitarian Assistance

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Global efforts to assist underdeveloped nations and aid victims of environmental disasters and violent conflict can help ease human suffering, achieve long-term strategic goals in the affected region, and promote stability. RAND research on global health, nation-building, and stabilization and reconstruction operations has explored humanitarian activities undertaken by the Department of Defense and other U.S. government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and international organizations.

  • A man texts on his mobile phone while waiting in line at dawn to register at Ifo refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya, photo by Internews Europe/Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    Essay

    The Right Technology Can Help Refugees Stay Connected

    Mar 11, 2020

    Nearly 71 million people globally are displaced by conflict and persecution. There have been some real advances in technology to help them, but innovations have often been fragmented, without a larger vision. A more strategic approach to technology could better serve their needs.

  • Supporters of the Houthi movement take part in a rally marking the anniversary of launching their motto (Sarkha) in which they call for death to America and death to Israel in Sanaa, Yemen, June 28, 2019, photo by Mohamed al-Sayaghi/Reuters

    Report

    Building an Enduring Peace in Yemen

    Feb 25, 2021

    Peace in Yemen will require a coordinated approach to security and an international body with the influence, mission, and resources to support what will be a decades-long process of reconciliation, reconstruction, and redevelopment. To succeed, this body must be led by Yemenis, giving them a clear voice and stake in shaping their future.

Explore International Humanitarian Assistance

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Japan's Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto shake hands after their meeting at the Iikura Guest House in Tokyo, April 17, 2011, photo by Yuriko Nakao/Reuters

    Commentary

    Tokyo's Transformation

    The U.S. response to the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami showcased its lasting commitment to Japan, as well as the unique logistical and material capabilities that the U.S. military forces stationed in the Pacific can provide.

    Aug 25, 2011

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    Report

    Developing a Prototype Handbook for Monitoring and Evaluating Department of Defense Humanitarian Assistance Projects

    RAND developed a prototype handbook to provide humanitarian assistance project staff with an introduction to monitoring and evaluation terms, approaches, and best practices and a step-by-step user's guide for project assessment.

    Jan 18, 2011

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Skip the Graft

    The latest disaster to befall Haiti creates the opportunity to combine bipartisan accord on Haiti in Washington with keen and perhaps sustained American public interest, writes James Dobbins.

    Jan 17, 2010

  • Periodical

    Periodical

    RAND Review: Vol. 33, No. 3, Winter 2009-2010

    Features focus on stabilization missions, grade retention, health financing, and RAND's president; other items discuss the European Union, sodium, health insurance, retail medical clinics, energy efficiency, disaster recovery, and alcohol pricing.

    Dec 23, 2009

  • News Release

    News Release

    Ways to Improve U.S. Stability and Reconstruction Missions Are Outlined

    Recent stabilization and reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq have underlined the need for the United States to shift the burden of these operations away from the Defense Department and onto other government agencies better suited to the work.

    Apr 3, 2009

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    Report

    Underkill: Scalable Capabilities for Military Operations amid Populations

    The U.S. military is ill-equipped to fight extremists who hide in populations. The use of deadly force can harm and alienate the people whose cooperation U.S. forces need. To solve this problem, a new RAND study proposes a ''continuum of force.''

    Mar 10, 2009

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    Report

    How Should Air Force Expeditionary Medical Capabilities Be Expressed?

    A new metric for measuring expeditionary medical support based on the medical STEP rate of each component of the system -- a more accurate measure of capability than the current measure, number of beds.

    Feb 24, 2009

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Make Room for Refugees

    Today, tens of thousands of Iraqis are in grave danger, targeted because they have worked with the United States. Many have been murdered. Others have fled their homes because of attacks or threats… Many want to come to America, and we should welcome them, writes Olga Oliker.

    Dec 16, 2007

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Spending Aid to Palestinians Wisely

    Programs in health, education, and criminal justice are essential prerequisites for a successful state. They are glimpses of the better life that lasting peace can bring for the Palestinian people, write David Aaron and C. Ross Anthony.

    Aug 16, 2007

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Blair's Project for a New Palestine

    [Tony] Blair has the thankless task of helping Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas build institutions for a viable state, following Hamas's military takeover of Gaza, writes Robert Hunter.

    Jul 7, 2007

  • News Release

    News Release

    RAND Issues 'The Beginner's Guide to Nation-Building'

    February 12, 2007 News Release: RAND Issues 'The Beginner's Guide to Nation-Building'.

    Feb 12, 2007

  • Report

    Report

    A Guide to Nation Building

    In an effort to help governments better respond to serious challenges like those America has encountered in Iraq and Afghanistan, RAND has issued the first comprehensive step-by-step guide for nation-building.

    Jan 11, 2007

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    How to Deal with Hamas

    Published commentary by RAND staff: How to Deal with Hamas, in United Press International.

    Mar 15, 2006

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Buy Security Through Aid

    Published commentary by RAND staff.

    May 21, 2005

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Strengthening the Partnership

    Published commentary by RAND staff.

    Feb 22, 2005

  • Report

    Report

    The RAND History of Nation-Building: The Role of the U.S. and the UN

    This two-volume set examines United States and United Nations nation-building missions since World War II. Its purpose is to analyze military, political, humanitarian, and economic activities in post-conflict situations, determine key principles for success, and draw implications for future nation-building missions.

    Jan 1, 2005

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    'Oil for Food' Worked

    Published commentary by RAND staff.

    Dec 10, 2004

  • Report

    Report

    Aid During Conflict: Interaction Between Military and Civilian Assistance Providers in Afghanistan, September 2001-June 2002

    An assessment of humanitarian-assistance efforts by and interaction between civilian and military providers in the early phases of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

    Oct 28, 2004

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Safety First

    Published commentary by RAND staff.

    Sep 22, 2004

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Afghanistan Without Doctors

    Published commentary by RAND staff.

    Aug 12, 2004