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HPN's recent Network Paper on applying conflict sensitivity maps the current state of conflict-sensitive practice in emergencies, identifying good practice which can be built upon, key gaps and ways to integrate conflict sensitivity more strategically across the emergency programme cycle. Significant improvements in the quality and relevance of humanitarian response can be achieved through relatively simple steps which complement existing tools, standards and on-going emergency capacity-building initiatives. A commitment to integrate conflict sensitivity would not only help minimize harm and reduce conflict risks but also increase the overall effectiveness of aid interventions. To read the full paper go to Network Paper No. 70
ODI held a public event in November 2011 discussing this paper go here to download video or audio from this event.
Humanitarian space: a review of trends and challenges
There has been widespread discussion on the concept of 'humanitarian space' over the past decade, reflecting a common perception that humanitarian space is contracting and humanitarian action is becoming increasingly politicised. This is seen to be largely driven by the 'global war on terror' and a push by donors and the UN for closer integration and coherence between humanitarian action and diplomatic, military and other spheres of engagement in conflict and crisis-affected states. Responsibility for the politicisation of relief has also been laid at the doors of aid agencies themselves for their own role in diluting or diverting the humanitarian 'brand' through engaging in development, human rights and 'capacities for peace' and for openly cooperating with military and political actors.
Humanitarian space: concepts, definitions and uses
20 October 2010 - Round-table, London
Humanitarian space in Sri Lanka: what lessons can be learned?
18 November 2010 - Round-table, London
The humanitarian system: how does it affect humanitarian space?
14 January 2011 - Round-table, London
Politicisation and securitisation of aid: challenges to humanitarian space in Somalia
14 February 2011 - Round-table, Nairobi
Counter terrorism and humanitarian action
21 February 2011 - round-table, Geneva
The search for coherence: UN integrated missions and humanitarian space
11 March 2011 - round-table, New York
Counter terrorism and humanitarian action: tension, impacts and ways forward
October 2011 - HPG policy briefs 43
December 2011 -UN Integration Steering Group
April 2012 - HPG report 32