Author profile: Mukesh Kapila

Mukesh Kapila is professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs at the University of Manchester, chair of Nonviolent Peace Force, and chair of the Manchester Global Foundation. He is also Special Representative of the Aegis Trust for the prevention of crimes against humanity. Associate Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and adjunct professor at the International Centre for Humanitarian Affairs, Nairobi. Formerly, he was Special Adviser to the World Humanitarian Summit, Undersecretary General at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sudan, Special Adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Head of Conflict & Humanitarian Affairs at the UK Government Department for International Development. He can be followed on twitter at He is the curator of the Flesh and Blood blog on E-IR.

If We Fail in Health We Fail Overall

Mukesh Kapila • Aug 9 2016 • Articles

The World Humanitarian Summit recognised the special role of emergency health work: if we fail in health, we fail in the overall humanitarian endeavor.

Remembering Darfur: The World’s Longest Running Genocide

Mukesh Kapila • Jan 27 2016 • Articles

Lack of personal responsibility is why we failed on Darfur, and the continuing lack of accountability is why we are likely to fail again elsewhere

Remembering through Your Gut

Mukesh Kapila • Feb 2 2015 • Articles

This year Holocaust commemoration also marks the 70th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation. The focus is on the suffering of the victims and the courage of the survivors.

Love in the Time of Ebola

Mukesh Kapila • Jan 18 2015 • Articles

A positive spirit is vital for Ebola recovery as the socio-economic consequences are immense. A commonly used word is “boredom” with schools shut and trade disrupted.

Where Chlorine Is Your Best Friend

Mukesh Kapila • Jan 8 2015 • Articles

Ebola vaccine trials are expected to start in Guinea shortly. But there are other signs of hope: the many improvised disinfectant dispensers sprouting around homesteads.

Shall Not Perish: Remembering the Indian Ocean Tsunami

Mukesh Kapila • Dec 26 2014 • Articles

Ten years ago, the Indian Ocean Tsunami was triggered by one of the largest-ever earthquakes. But it was not just nature that broke records. So did the disaster response.

How Mary Saves the World – One Life at a Time

Mukesh Kapila • Dec 23 2014 • Articles

Zambia is overcoming the burden of HIV thanks to dedicated volunteers. In a very real sense, they are also saving their country and the world, one life at a time.

Generous Hearts and Stubborn Minds

Mukesh Kapila • Nov 10 2014 • Articles

The military might of Sudan regime would not prevail as long as the women of Nuba have the generosity to share their last gourd of beer with a stranger in distress.

In Celebration of Senseless Acts of Kindness

Mukesh Kapila • Oct 26 2014 • Articles

There are many blogs on humanitarianism & development. They tend to be overly-technical, narrowly prescriptive, and circulate within the international aid industry. The Flesh and Blood blog will offer something different.

South Sudan: Struggling to Stay Alive

Mukesh Kapila • May 24 2014 • Articles

The Republic of South Sudan is fighting to survive. The crisis in the world’s newest nation is essentially a problem of governance, not a natural disaster.

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