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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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Five priorities as the new Emergency Relief Coordinator steps into his role

How the UN’s next humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths can make a difference to the lives of people living in crisis.
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Covid-19: tracking local humanitarian action and complementary partnerships

Based on interviews and practitioner diaries, this tool explores whether local actors are supported and how relationships between different actors at different levels in the humanitarian system are changing. It considers the challenges and opportunities in the system’s operations during Covid-19, and the impact of new policies to adapt to this global response.

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How is the humanitarian system adapting to support local humanitarian action in the Covid-19 context?

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

Collective approaches to communication and community engagement

This project examines past and current experiences of collective approaches and services for communication and community engagement in emergency responses.

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  1. Five priorities as the new Emergency Relief Coordinator steps into his role

  2. Local humanitarian action during Covid-19: findings from a diary study

    Working papers

  3. Conflict, instability and hunger: breaking the cycle in the Central African Republic

    Meeting/conference reports

  4. Inclusion strategy and roadmap: outcomes from the inclusion priority topic at the 2021 Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week

    Meeting/conference reports

  5. Advocating for better protection for conflict-affected populations: legal action against UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia for use in the Yemen conflict

    Briefing/policy papers

  6. Interrogating the evidence base on humanitarian localisation: a literature study

    Literature reviews

  7. Although shocking, the Rohingya biometrics scandal is not surprising and could have been prevented

  8. Improving quality humanitarian funding through the Grand Bargain 2.0

  9. The Grand Bargain at five years: an independent review

    Research reports

  10. Covid-19: implications for localisation. A case study of Afghanistan and Pakistan

    Working papers

  11. Five years on from the World Humanitarian Summit: lots of talk, no revolution

  12. Reducing the humanitarian financing gap: review of progress since the report of the High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing

    Research reports

  13. The climate crisis and humanitarian need: taking action to support the world’s most vulnerable communities


  14. Can a new legal case stop UK arms sales to Yemen?

  15. Ebola: New lessons for an old problem

  16. The Democratic Republic of Congo’s 10th Ebola response: lessons on international leadership and coordination

    Research reports

  17. Ebola in DRC: building on lessons learned


  18. Economics, social status and gender relations: what makes households ‘female-headed’ in Somalia? Lessons from a rapid learning exercise

    Briefing/policy papers

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