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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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The Grand Bargain in 2021: an independent review

Annual independent review of the Grand Bargain, reviewing progress made against the 2.0 commitments in 2021.
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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. Digital technologies and inclusion in humanitarian response

    Research reports

  2. The Grand Bargain in 2021: an independent review

    Research reports

  3. Managing humanitarian narratives in the Ukraine crisis response: virtual roundtable, 26 May 2022

    Meeting/conference reports

  4. With all eyes on Ukraine, is humanitarian support to the Horn of Africa crisis missing in action?

  5. Drought and food security crisis in the Horn of Africa: HPG roundtable communiqué | 7 June 2022


  6. Think Change episode 6: how can we break the silence on famine in the Horn of Africa?

  7. Aid vs. solidarity: the role of humanitarian aid in national responses to Ukrainian refugees


  8. Independent review of the implementation of the IASC Protection Policy

    Research reports

  9. Social media and inclusion in humanitarian response and action

    Working papers

  10. On the verge of famine in the Horn of Africa


  11. Navigating humanitarian dilemmas in the Ukraine crisis


  12. Towards more inclusive, effective and impartial humanitarian action

    Briefing/policy papers

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

    Briefing/policy papers

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

    Briefing/policy papers

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


  16. Inclusion and exclusion in urban refugee displacement in Jordan

    Working papers

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

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


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