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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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Our projects

HPG's Integrated Programme: People, power and agency

HPG’s Integrated Programme (IP) combines cutting edge research on humanitarian policy and practice, extensive policy engagement, and convening and communications. Our 2022–2024 IP has five projects which explore how humanitarians can better engage with the social and political dynamics that influence humanitarian assistance.

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Climate change, conflict and displacement: how internally displaced persons (IDPs) cope and adapt

Many of today's displacement crises are driven by a complex mix of climate and environmental change, disasters, conflict and fragility. This project seeks to reframe discussions around climate change, conflict and displacement by focusing not on how these three phenomena impact one another, but rather on how they impact people's lives.

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HPG's Integrated Programme (2019–2021)

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. Living with climate change, conflict and displacement: recognising agency, voice, mobility, language and linkages

    Briefing/policy papers

  2. Remaking aid: ethics, politics and narratives


  3. Syria after the earthquakes: challenges to post-disaster recovery following the catastrophic humanitarian response

  4. Understanding the role of narratives in humanitarian policy change

    Working papers

  5. In Ukraine and elsewhere, the humanitarian system won’t change without reshaping narratives

  6. Community engagement, protection and peacebuilding: reviewing evidence and practice

    Journal issue/article

  7. Afghanistan’s freezing winter: humanitarian crisis and the Taliban’s ban on women aid workers

  8. Community engagement, protection and peace


  9. Five things we learnt about displacement in 2022

  10. Reproductive justice, sexual rights and bodily autonomy in humanitarian action: what a justice lens brings to crisis response

    Working papers

  11. Leadership of protection in the humanitarian sector

    Briefing/policy papers

  12. It’s not just conflict – climate change is also a form of structural gender-based violence

  13. Climate change, conflict and internal displacement in Afghanistan: 'We are struggling to survive'

    Case/country studies

  14. The Taliban were right: we should all be supporting Afghanistan with climate change mitigation

  15. Coping with the risks of conflict, climate and internal displacement in northern Mozambique: ‘We can’t just sit here with our arms crossed’

    Case/country studies

  16. Social cohesion and forced displacement


  17. Social cohesion in displacement: the state of play

    Working papers

  18. Beyond neutrality: alternative forms of humanitarian action


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