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Field Study of Humanitarian Negotiations (February - June 2004)

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Humanitarian Action - Humanitarian Negotiations - Negotiations


This study of field-based practice in humanitarian negotiations analyses the factors that prevent and enable successful humanitarian negotiations ongoing in four countries, all facing humanitarian emergencies. It aims to establish common understanding and good practice for future policy-making and capacity-building in humanitarian negotiations.

A comparative typology of humanitarian negotiations that also draws distinctions between humanitarian and other forms of negotiations will serve to develop questionnaires and interviews. The detailed results of these questionnaires and interviews will be collated in a report providing humanitarian agencies with effective ways of thinking and best practice principles in conducting negotiations. The report will guide humanitarian agencies in their future activities.

The study is co-organised by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and the Multifaculty Programme in Humanitarian Action at the University of Geneva (ppAH), the Graduate Institute for Development Studies (GIDS), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The grant provided by the GIAN for this project totals SFr 31,800

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Project Team

Dr. Hugo Slim , Coordinator, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (CHD) .

Mr Andrew Andea , Principal Member, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (CHD) .

Ms Claire Bellmann , Principal Member, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) .

Dr. Jean-Pierre Gontard , Principal Member, Graduate Institute of Development Studies (GIDS) .

Ms Deborah Mancini , Principal Member, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (CHD) .

Mr Andre Picot , Principal Member, Consultant.

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