Dr Nathalie Herlemont-Zoritchak
Nathalie Herlemont has been working with Handicap International for 15 years. She first headed the Strategic Policy Unit, located in the Office of the General Director. The purpose of the unit was to direct, advise and assist decision-making on subjects involving Handicap International at an ethical, political or strategic level.
The Foundation was created in 2014. Its mandate is to provide close support to the programmes and all HI activities and entities on ethical and political issues encountered in the field, to provide in-house trainings and pre-departure briefings, contextual analyses and support field missions… The Foundation also draws on field observations to promote views of Handicap International within international networks, and feeds and encourages internal debate. With this mandate, the Foundation intends to promote an original model combining flexibility and reaction capacity in order to develop direct and essential links between the field, institutional bodies and academic partners.
Before taking up her position with Handicap International, Nathalie Herlemont-Zoritchak was in charge of international relations for Coordination Sud (an umbrella of 140 French NGOs) from 1998 to 2002. She has also made regular field visits to Albania, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Kenya, Mozambique, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Ivory Coast, DRC, Lebanon/Jordan amongst others.
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 effect on trying to preserve the “humanitarian space” of NGOs, as well as protection issues related to vulnerable groups 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