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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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Humanitarian hypocrisy, double standards and the law in Gaza

Western governments are failing in their responsibility to act in the face of credible accounts of war crimes being committed in the Israeli–Hamas conflict.

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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. Social protection in the Gulf countries: what rights can migrant workers access?

    Event

  2. The failure to fund refugee-led organisations: why the current system is not working, and the potential for change

    Research reports

  3. Financing refugee leadership and agency

    Project

  4. Independent review of the IPC in Somalia

    Research reports

  5. Community engagement with armed actors in the Central African Republic: preventing and reducing protection risks and violence

    Case/country studies

  6. Pathways toward digitalization in Social Protection and Labor (SPL) service delivery

    Briefing/policy papers

  7. Germany's rise as a humanitarian donor: the interplay of narratives, new foreign policy ambition and domestic interests

    Case/country studies

  8. What is the connection between social cohesion and local integration? Lessons from Tanzania

    Insight

  9. Sex, health and rights in displacement and humanitarian response: crises upon crises in Lebanon and beyond

    Case/country studies

  10. How national policy shapes social cohesion programming: lessons from Tanzania

    Insight

  11. Why the refugee label undermines social cohesion: lessons from Tanzania

    Insight

  12. What aid actors need to know about social cohesion in displacement: a Tanzania case study

    Case/country studies

  13. Navigating narratives in Ukraine: humanitarian response amid solidarity and resistance

    Working papers

  14. Sudan’s conflict – civil society and the war between the generals: key takeaways from a roundtable with Sudanese and international experts

    Meeting/conference reports

  15. Three months into Sudan’s conflict: humanitarian leaders on the violence, the humanitarian response and the future

    Event

  16. Beyond survival: wellbeing in protracted crisis

    Project

  17. Wellbeing in humanitarian action: what food, sex and death can teach us about supporting meaningful lives

    Insight

  18. Beyond survival: exploring wellbeing in humanitarian action

    Literature reviews

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