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ICRC report: Urban services during protracted armed conflict: A call for a better approach to assisting affected people

A major report exploring the relationship between water, war and human well-being by the International Committee of the Red Cross, co-authored by Dr Mark Zeitoun of UEA’s Water Security Research Centre, is now available online


Based on 30 years of work by the ICRC in conflict zones in areas including Iraq, Gaza, Ukraine, Syria and Yemen, the report focuses on the deterioration of water, sanitation, electricity, solid waste and other public services as a result of protracted and repeated armed violence and the challenges and complexities involved in maintaining these services.


The report warns against the continuation of relief-rehabilitation-development approaches used by humanitarian agencies, calling instead for a shift in paradigm that reduces public health risks, the displacement of civilians and the costs of post-conflict efforts to rebuild and develop. Read a summary by the report's authors, Jean Philippe Dross, Michael Talhami, Evaristo de Pinho Oliveira and Javier Cordoba (ICRC); and Mark Zeitoun (UEA) on the Humanitarian Practice Network blog.