A bilingual journal established in 2016 by a number of organisations related to the humanitarian sector, Alternatives Humanitaires (AH) focuses on issues of humanitarian action triggered by conflicts, natural disasters, climate change and migration. It caters to a broad spectrum of readers including students and researchers as well as humanitarian practitioners. Its main focus lies on creating a space for discussion at an international level on the challenges of the humanitarian sector between researchers in humanities and practitioners from Northern and southern countries.
AH supports UAI by providing essential administrative and financial services for the UAI Association.
The Detention Forum focuses on detention reform in the UK. According to its joint strategy which was created in 2012, three main aims were decided upon – the eradication of indefinite detention (imposing a limit of 28 days), the eradication of the detention of vulnerable people, the activation of automatic judicial oversight within 72 hours of detention. Furthermore, they suggested a focus on community-based initiatives using quality case-management in place of detention. It has done great work in ensuring that discussions on detention make a place in international legislation as can be seen from the focus of the 2016 Act on detention and the resulting changes.
UAI in the UK is a member of the Detention Forum, takes part in its quarterly meetings, and supports its efforts to eliminate the use of detention of refugees and asylum-seekers.
Handicap International/Humanity and Inclusion (HI)
Founded in 1982 as a result of a feeling of outrage about the injustice faced by victims of conflicts, HI is an independent and impartial aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. The organisation works alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, taking action and bearing witness in order to respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.
HI has been an early support to UAI. The two organizations share information and collaborate on relevant issues.
International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW)
Calling for the prevention of the human impact from explosive weapons in populated areas, INEW is an international network of NGOs with member organisations advocating for changes to governmental policies and practices to improve international standards. A number of members that are present in turbulent areas aid development, monitor impacts of the violence, provide assistance to victims and help to clear the environmental remains of the explosions.
UAI, as a member of INEW (International Network on Explosive Weapons) is committed to engaging with all concerned actors to give meaningful effect to the Declaration officially endorsed by 80 States (Dublin Nov 2020) to restrict the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.
London Business School (LBS) CAP Programme
With 47000 alumni from across 155 countries, London Business School is an eminent institution with branches in two leading cities of the world, London and Dubai.
UAI in the UK has collaborated with the LBS MBA course since 2020 by designing projects to be undertaken by groups of MBA students. Projects so far have included work on education for Syrian refugees and assessment of the role of different social media platforms in campaigning work to end inhumanities towards refugees and victims of conflict. A project involving research into the UK Governments ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme has been devised for the 2023 MBA students taking part in the CAP programme.
Protection Approaches is an eminent UK charity that focuses on identity-based violence and aims to impact the perspectives on and the responses to it. The charity stands for human dignity and rights and ponders on the causes of this type of violence in order to fully tackle it and provides training and advocacy in this area. It also believes that governments must play a role in eradicating it.
PA hosts the Atrocity Prevention Working Group (APWG), of which UAI in the UK is a member. UAI supports and promotes campaigns by the APWG that relate to UAI’s core concerns.
UAI has collaborated with organisations like CanDo and on joint research or mentoring projects with various academic institutions such as the Costs of War (COW) at Brown University and Boston U, the Sociology/Anthropology department of the University of Edinburgh, the Scuola S. Anna at Pisa, the London Business School (LBS), among others. UAI continues to interact with University students who are interested in contributing to or researching issues of concern to UAI – for example on Afghanistan or Asylum issues – and will continue to do so in the future.