Dr Nathalie Herlemont-Zoritchak
Nathalie Herlemont joined ACAPS in February 2019 as Head of Programmes. ACAPS is an NGO established in 2009, specialized in humanitarian analysis and providing independent reports and tools dedicated to feed humanitarian actors and donors decision making processes with evidence based research. ACAPS is working both on global analysis and field based insights, and develops methodological tools on forward looking analysis, access and risk related to humanitarian crises. A facilitator of joint analysis among actors relying on a diversity of views, ACAPS is also supporting capacity development in humanitarian analysis through special training programmes and scenario building exercises.
Previously, Nathalie has been working with Handicap International/Humanity and Inclusion for 17 years, developing and heading HI Foundation, an entity dedicated to analysis of ethical and political issues, and support to field programmes and HI decision-making processes. The Foundation also built on field observations to promote views of Handicap International within international networks, and feed internal debate. Through the Foundation Nathalie supported an original model combining flexibility and reaction capacity in order to develop direct and essential links between the field, institutional bodies and academic partners.
Experienced in analysis and ethical dilemmas related to humanitarian operations, she made regular field visits to Albania, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Kenya, Mozambique, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Ivory Coast, DRC, Lebanon/Jordan, Iraq, Syria amongst others.
Before taking up her position with Handicap International, Nathalie was in charge of international relations for Coordination Sud (an umbrella of 140 French NGOs) from 1998 to 2002.
After completing a PhD in Political Science, she has oriented her research towards the involvement of NGOs "without borders" in conflict situations (during the period 1971-2001), global changes in ideology and their effects on field dynamics, as well as protection issues related to the most vulnerable and the implementation of human rights and humanitarian law. She is currently a senior Lecturer in CERAH (Center for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action) at the Geneva University, especially teaching on actors dynamics in humanitarian settings.
- Coordinator - Dynamics of Actors
Fields of Interest
- Ethics and humanitarian law
- Stakeholders and context analysis
- Conflict/crisis dynamics
- Humanitarian and development strategies
- Protection of vulnerable groups
- 2012: « 30 ans d'idéologies humanitaires: Les ONG sans-frontières dans les dynamiques conflictuelles. » Editions Universitaires Européennes. Sarrebruck (Allemagne)
- 2011 (to be published)(in collaboration with A. Shivji): « Nouvelles tendances dans l’aide humanitaire : la prise en compte des personnes vulnérables et personnes handicapées dans les situations d’urgence », in Nouvelles tendances dans l’aide humanitaire (temporary title), Presses Universitaires de Laval/Québec.
- 2011 (to be published) (in collaboration with A. Shivji): « Nouvelles tendances dans l’aide humanitaire : la prise en compte des personnes vulnérables et personnes handicapées dans les situations d’urgence », in Nouvelles tendances dans l’aide humanitaire (temporary title), Presses Universitaires de Laval/Québec.
- 2011 (to be published) (in collaboration with T.Calvot and S. Rizk): “Nouveaux regards sur le handicap : une belle manière de réinventer l’avenir », in Haïti : Réinventer l’avenir, CERAH/Maison des Sciences de l’Homme/Université d’Haïti.
- 2009: « Droit d’ingérence et droit humanitaire, les faux amis », Revue Humanitaire, Enjeux, Pratiques, Débats, N° 23, Paris : Médecins du Monde, hiver 2009.
- 2008: « Les ONG, mouches du coche des Etats », Enseignement Catholique Actualités, N° 322, mars 2008, p. 14.
- 2007: « Islam et Solidarité », Revue Humanitaire, Enjeux, Pratiques, Débats, N°17, Paris : Médecins du Monde, Eté 2007.
- 2007: « République Démocratique du Congo : réadaptation à base communautaire en contexte instable », Revue Humanitaire, Enjeux, Pratiques, Débats, N° 16, Paris : Médecins du Monde, printemps 2007, p. 62-68.
- 2005: What rights for mine victimes ? Reparation, compensation : from legal analysis to political perspective, Lyon : Handicap International, avril 2005, 61 p.
"Our main mandate at Handicap International (HI) Foundation is to provide close support to the programmes and all HI activities on ethical and political issues, to provide in-house trainings, departure briefings, contextual analyses and support field missions.
Working simultaneously as a lecturer at CERAH is a very practical way to feed analysis and theory with operational challenges. In return, it helps me to keep a distance from my operational work, better structure my analysis, and learn with and from others. This is by the way another ambition of our Foundation: sharing views and analyses with peers and academics.
CERAH's large student spectrum, as well as its training partnerships with academics and organizations create a conducive environment for professional exchanges between practitioners from different sectors all over the world- a fantastic well of knowledge and experience!"
Testimonial collected in July 2016