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Humanitarian Exchange 58: Humanitarian Negotiations

Research reports

Written by Ashley Jackson

This edition of Humanitarian Exchange, co-edited with Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) Research Fellow Ashley Jackson, features humanitarian negotiations. In many contexts, negotiations with a wide array of actors – both state and non-state – are essential to gaining access to populations in need of assistance. This issue looks at field experiences of undertaking humanitarian negotiations, the challenges and compromises involved and the resources and tools that have been developed to support more effective engagement.

  • In their lead article, Gerard Mc Hugh and Simar Singh emphasise the need to preserve the integrity of humanitarian negotiations.
  • Stuart Casey-Maslen highlights the need for greater engagement with armed non-state actors (ANSAs).
  • Pascal Bongard outlines Geneva Call’s efforts to encourage ANSAs to sign ‘deeds of commitment’ to specific humanitarian norms.
  • Ashley Jackson examines Taliban attitudes and policies towards aid agencies and their work
  • Harry Johnstone describes the World Food Programme (WFP)’s experience of using contractors to negotiate access and monitor deliveries.
  • Antonio Galli writes on access negotiations with Hamas in Gaza
  • Jonathan Loeb explores the issues around humanitarian access to rebel areas in Darfur.
  • Finally, Kate Mackintosh and Ingrid Macdonald present the initial findings from an Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) study on the impact of counter-terrorism restrictions on humanitarian action.

The practice and policy section includes:

Humanitarian Practice Network, Ashley Jackson and contributors