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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.

  1. Planning from the future: is the humanitarian system fit for purpose?

    Research reports

  2. Our Shared Future: implementing the sustainable development, climate change and humanitarian summit agendas

    Working papers

  3. Aproximaciones a la historia del humanitarismo en América Latina y el Caribe

    Working papers

  4. The global response to refugees and vulnerable migrants


  5. Power, politics and the economics of humanitarian action


  6. Collaboration through storytelling: lessons from Nepal


  7. Learning from the past to shape the future: lessons from the history of humanitarian action in Africa

    Working papers

  8. World Disasters Report 2016: saving lives today, investing for tomorrow


  9. Four priorities for the new UN Secretary-General

  10. Ground truths: local humanitarians in conflict


  11. World Humanitarian Summit: political breakthrough or fringe festival?

  12. World Humanitarian Summit: three tests for success

  13. Humanitarian response in crisis


  14. Humanitarian aid system must undergo radical change to respond to modern-day crises

    Press Release

  15. Time to let go: remaking humanitarian action for the modern era

    Research reports

  16. Why Ban Ki-moon’s report on the World Humanitarian Summit is worth a read

  17. The Ebola response in West Africa: exposing the politics and culture of international aid

    Working papers

  18. World Disasters Report 2015: local actors, the key to humanitarian effectiveness


  19. Managing crises together: towards coherence and complementarity in recurrent and protracted crises

    Working papers

  20. Uncommon bedfellows: local response to the crisis in Ukraine

    Briefing/policy papers

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