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Uncharted territory: land, conflict and humanitarian action

Time (GMT +00) 10:30 12:00

Sara Pantuliano
- Humanitarian Policy Group, ODI
Samir Elhawary - Humanitarian Policy Group, ODI                                                        

Barbara McCallin
– Norwegian Refugee Council
Peter Van der Auweraert - International Organisation for Migration                 

Anna Pont
– UN-Habitat


This event launched the new book Uncharted Territory: Land, Conflict and Humanitarian Action. Through the expertise of longstanding academics and practitioners, this edited volume by the Humanitarian Policy Group attempts to bridge the humanitarian and land tenure divide. It highlights their mutually important relationship and instigates a process that seeks to understand how Housing, Land and Property (HLP) issues can and should be practically incorporated into humanitarian responses.

The book is divided into three parts: it explores the theoretical nexus between land, conflict and humanitarianism, discusses the architectural challenges for a more integrated response and finally it presents the findings from selected case studies undertaken during the research project. These include Angola, Colombia, the Great Lakes Region, Rwanda and Sudan.

Editor Sara Pantuliano was joined by contributor Samir Elhawary to present the book's findings. Barbara McCallin and Peter Van der Auweraert acted as discussants, reflecting on the findings and the broader challenges to better incorporate land issues in humanitarian response.

Room MBT 04