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Humanitarian Policy Group

HPG is one of the world's leading teams working on humanitarian issues. We are dedicated to improving humanitarian policy and practice through a combination of high-quality analysis, dialogue and debate.
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Navigating humanitarian dilemmas in the Ukraine crisis

Explore the long-standing and new dilemmas faced by humanitarian actors in a crisis context.
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Our projects

Falling through the cracks: inclusion and exclusion in humanitarian action

The project examines the contextual and systemic factors dictating how ‘vulnerability’ is constructed and operationalised in humanitarian assistance, why certain categories of vulnerability are consistently privileged over others and why humanitarian agencies operating in emergencies find it difficult to both understand how needs differ across groups and identities, and to incorporate those differences into their programming.

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How gender roles change in displacement

The project explores how gender norms shift in situations of displacement and the implications of these changes for humanitarian work, including what gender-aware emergency interventions should look like.

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The humanitarian ‘digital divide’: understanding the impact of technology on crisis response

Building on previous HPG research on humanitarian reform and ongoing work on digital technology, data, blockchain, cash transfers and financing, this project assesses the impact of new technology-driven models of humanitarian action on inclusion and coverage.

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HPG IP Digital Divide

Advocating for humanity: opportunities for improving protection outcomes in conflict

This project looks at current practice in protection advocacy, and examines the role and evolution of humanitarian organisations’ engagement with parties to conflicts and other groups with responsibility for protecting civilians caught up in violence and war.

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Our Integrated Programme

Our work is directed by our Integrated Programme (IP), a body of research examining critical issues facing humanitarian policy and practice, designed in consultation with our Advisory Group. This is complemented by commissioned studies, evaluations and communications and networking activity.

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The Humanitarian Policy Group's Integrated Programme

HPG team

  1. Navigating humanitarian dilemmas in the Ukraine crisis


  2. Towards more inclusive, effective and impartial humanitarian action

    Briefing/policy papers

  3. Protection of civilians: learning from ICRC’s Roots of Restraint in War study

    Briefing/policy papers

  4. Influencing states' policy and practice on the protection of civilians

    Briefing/policy papers

  5. Venezuelan migrants in Colombia: an inclusive humanitarian response?


  6. Inclusion and exclusion in urban refugee displacement in Jordan

    Working papers

  7. How women have led local humanitarian responses during Covid-19

  8. Leaving no one behind: recommendations for inclusive and impartial humanitarian action


  9. Gender, power and principles in humanitarian action

    Research reports

  10. Complementary approaches between international and local protection advocacy: ‘Don’t speak for me, I’ll speak for myself’

    Briefing/policy papers

  11. People, power and agency: HPG Integrated Programme 2022–2024

    Framing paper/Concept note

  12. Two ways the humanitarian system should harness global solidarity with Ukraine

  13. Evolution and revolution in gender-responsive humanitarianism


  14. The challenges of inclusive and impartial humanitarian action in Northeast Nigeria


  15. SOS Sahel’s localisation journey


  16. Inspiring feminist humanitarian action through lessons from Covid-19


  17. Shaping United States policy and practice on the protection of civilians

    Briefing/policy papers

  18. Humanitarians and the Women, Peace and Security agenda during Covid-19: leading in crisis

    Briefing/policy papers

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