This book could never have seen the light of day without the help of Mireille Lador. Her help bringing it to publication has been invaluable. Jean-Marc Biquet has been similarly indispensible over the last few years. This project would not have succeeded without his help.
Research Unit on Humanitarian Stakes and Practices (UREPH) team members Philippe Calain and Françoise Duroch also helped immeasurably, both during the project and when it came time for publication.
Michael de Souza led surveys providing data, and wrote some of the reports, for which I thank him. Jehan Bseiso facilitated the Middle East study.
Tayeb Tounsi and Vassily Klimentov were a great support in finalizing the manuscript.
Khurshida Mambetova and Danielle Trépanier set up conferences and created the documents supporting them.
The students and faculty of the sociology, anthropology, and political science departments in the countries where we performed our study helped make sure our research was successfully completed, bringing a different perspective to it.
All of the teams in the field, in coordinating offices and at headquarters, were involved in shaping this research through discussions of progress and of results, changing the way MSF implements its projects.
Everyone at MSF-Switzerland contributed to this study, especially Laurent Ligozat, Christian Captier, Bruno Jochum, the IT team—without whom nothing would have been possible—Rash Brax and Dilo, who illustrated the articles and the presentations associated with the project, and Sébastien Soulier, who allowed us to clarify several points.
Thanks also to Kevin P.Q. Phelan and Elias Primoff for bringing together the English-language edition, and to NYU’s Center for International Cooperation and Humanitarian Outcomes for their collaboration.
The scientific committee that oversaw this project, notably Hugo Slim, Béatrice Pouligny, Andreas Wigger, Ronald Ofteringer, Antonio Donini, François Piguet and Xavier Crombé, Rony Brauman, and Jean-Hervé Jézéquel, helped re-orient and enrich the work.
The participants of the October 2010 workshops in Geneva, as well as all those who agreed to speak, Sophie Fux who helped organize these workshops—all allowed us to synthesize the results of this research. Thanks especially to Jean-Hervé Bradol and Unni Karunakara for permitting their work to appear in its entirety.
Finally, thanks as well to my partner for his support and patience throughout this process.