Antonio Donini

Tufts University – Feinstein International Centre, Visiting Fellow

Current Institutional affiliation:  Visiting Fellow, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University and Research Associate, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.

Antonio Donini works on issues relating to migration, humanitarianism and the future of humanitar­ian action. From 2004 to 2014 he was a Senior Researcher at the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University where he authored numerous research studies on humanitarian and migration policy issues and conducted field research in conflict countries such as Afghanistan and Nepal. From 2002 to 2004 he was a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. Previously, he worked for 26 years in the United Nations in research, evaluation, and humanitar­ian capacities. His last post was as Director of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance to Afghanistan (1999-2002). Before going to Afghani­stan he was chief of the Lessons Learned Unit at OCHA, where he managed a programme of independent studies on the effectiveness of relief efforts in complex emergencies. He has widely published on evaluation, humanitarian, and UN reform issues. In 2004 he co-edited the volume Nation-Building Unraveled? Aid, Peace, and Justice in Afghanistan (Kumarian Press); he was the main author and editor of  The Golden Fleece. Manipulation and Independence in Humanitarian Action (Kumarian Press, 2014). He has published numerous reports and articles exploring the implications of the crises in Afghanistan and Iraq for the future of humanitarian action on humanitarian policy and migration issues.  He coordinated the Humanitarian Agenda 2015 research project which analyzed local perceptions of humanitarian action in 13 crisis countries and authored the final HA 2015 report, The State of the Humanitarian Enterprise. He is co-author of a major 2016 report on Planning from the Future: Is the Humanitarian System fit for Purpose, a joint effort of the Feinstein Center, the ODI/Humanitarian Policy Group and Kings College, London.