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Christina Bennett

Head of Programme - Humanitarian Policy Group

Portrait of Christina Bennett
<p>​Christina Bennett is an international aid policy analyst with extensive experience working for the United Nations and several international policy institutes on humanitarian, conflict, and post-conflict peacebuilding policy.</p> <p> </p>

Christina has than 15 years of experience in humanitarian policy and programming. While at HPG, Christina has focused on analysing the changing humanitarian landscape and its implications for humanitarian principles, architecture and partnerships.

Prior to joining HPG, Christina was the Chief of Policy Analysis and Innovation at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), where she led OCHA’s analytical efforts on a range of humanitarian issues, including aid effectiveness, risk and resilience and civil military issues. Christina was also part of the team that launched the UN’s humanitarian reform initiative in 2005 and, more recently, developed the concept for the World Humanitarian Summit to be held 2016. Christina also acted as OCHA’s intergovernmental liaison, working with the General Assembly and individual UN member states to strengthen bilateral and multilateral humanitarian aid. This included providing technical advice to the European Union, the African Union and international militaries on the development of their own humanitarian policies. Christina has lived and worked in Afghanistan, Pakistan and South Sudan.

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  2. Mass starvation: tackling the political causes of famine


  3. Causes and consequences of Darfuri migration to Europe


  4. MEDIA NOTE: Rohingya crisis, one year on – ODI expert available for interview

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  6. Podcast series: constructive deconstruction

  7. Constructive deconstruction: imagining alternative humanitarian action


  8. Being accountable to people affected by armed conflicts


  9. Conflict and violence: our approach and priorities


  10. Aid and multilateralism in an era of populist politics


  11. Humanitarian Policy Group Brochure 2017-19


  12. New Secretary of State for International Development: the priorities ahead

  13. International response to the Rohingya refugee crisis has been 'too slow' – ODI statement

    Press Release

  14. Frontline stories: risks faced by health workers


  15. One year on, has the World Humanitarian Summit deal delivered?

  16. Sir Mark Lowcock announced as new UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs - ODI statement

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  17. MEDIA NOTE: Famine must be top priority at London Somalia Conference – statement and experts available

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  19. Crisis appeals cost us political action

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