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

Time (GMT +02) 15:00 16:15
Image credit:Hannah Bass, HPG
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The humanitarian sector continues to struggle to be inclusive of specific needs and groups of individuals in crisis responses. Agencies operating in emergencies find it difficult to address the needs of ‘new’ categories of ‘vulnerability’ – or for that matter to think outside the restrictive categories of ‘vulnerability’ and embrace a more holistic and flexible approach to people’s needs in crises. Understanding of inclusion and exclusion in crisis rarely accounts for the full complexity and intersecting factors that can lead to an individual’s exclusion in crisis settings, leading to whole population groups being left behind. In spite of on-going efforts, ensuring humanitarian responses are inclusive remains a challenge.

The Humanitarian Policy Group at ODI is hosting this event to share key recommendations from a three-year research project entitled Falling through cracks: inclusion and exclusion in humanitarian action. The briefing session will launch the publication of a report and a policy brief drawing on three years of research to propose a way forward and improve inclusion in humanitarian action and ensure inclusive, effective and impartial humanitarian responses that leave no one behind. This session is a continuation of the final inclusion sessions from the HNPW 2021 which focused on identifying an inclusion strategy and roadmap.

This event will take place at 13:00 - 14:15 UTC+1. Closed captions will be available during the event. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact [email protected]


  • Veronique Barbelet

    Independent consultant and Research Associate, HPG, ODI 

  • Elham Youssefian

    Inclusive Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Advisor, International Disability Alliance and co-chair of the Reference Group on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action

  • Jamie McGoldrick

    Former Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator

  • Seema Chandra

    Counsellor Humanitarian and Human Rights, Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva

  • Sarah Njeri

    Research Fellow, Humanitarian Policy Group

  • Oliver Lough

    Senior Research Fellow, Humanitarian Policy Group

As part of Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks