Humanitarian Crises, Intervention and Security: A Framework for Evidence-based Programming: A Framework for Evidence-based Programming

Liesbet Heyse, Andrej Zwitter, Rafael Wittek, Joost Herman (eds) (2014). Humanitarian Crises, Intervention and Security: A Framework for Evidence-based Programming (London: Routldege).


This book presents a new framework of analysis to assess natural and man-made disasters and humanitarian crises, and the feasibility of interventions in these complex emergencies. The past half-century has witnessed a dramatic increase in such crises - such as in Haiti, Iraq and Sudan - and this volume aims to pioneer a theory-based, interdisciplinary framework that can assist students and practitioners in the field to acquire the skills and expertise necessary for evidence-based decision-making and programming in humanitarian action. It has four major objectives:

  1. To provide a tool for diagnosing and understanding complex emergencies, and build on the concepts of state security and human security to provide a ‘Snap-Shot Analysis’ of the status quo;
  2. To provide a tool for analysing the causes of crises as well as the related stakeholder field;
  3. To provide a frame to structure and analyse the information required to evaluate, monitor and/or design interventions for different actors on a project and/or programme level;
  4. To combine concepts used in the humanitarian field with underlying theory in a practically relevant way.

The book will be of much interest to students of humanitarian intervention, human security, peacebuilding, development studies, peace studies and IR in general.

Table of Content

Introduction: The Need for Evidence-based Programming in Humanitarian Action, Liesbet Heyse, Andrej Zwitter, Rafael Wittek and Joost Herman

  1. Existing frameworks for humanitarian crisis analysis, Liesbet Heyse
  2. Context analysis and securitization, Andrej Zwitter and Joost Herman
  3. From theory to analysis: H-AID methodology, Rafael Wittek and Andrej Zwitter
  4. Conducting a Comprehensive Context Analysis (CCA), Andrej Zwitter
  5. The political context, Chris K. Lamont
  6. The economic context, Fleur S. Mulder and Bartjan J.W. Pennink
  7. The social context, Cécile W.J. de Milliano and Barbara Boudewijnse
  8. The health and food context, Rensia R. Bakker
  9. The environmental context, Peter D.M. Weesie
  10. From context analysis to intervention design, Liesbet Heyse
  11. Stakeholder analysis: towards feasible interventions, Rafael Wittek
  12. Monitoring, evaluation and learning in humanitarian organizations, Chamutal Afek-Eitam and Adriaan Ferf

Conclusion, Liesbet Heyse, Andrej Zwitter, Rafael Wittek and Joost Herman