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 humanitarian assistance. Yet negotiating with armed non-state actors (ANSAs) is complex and can present formidable challenges, including a lack respect for international humanitarian law (IHL), hostility to humanitarian principles and distrust and suspicion of humanitarian organisations. In some situations, however, engagement can increase conflict parties understanding of and adherence to international law and improve security for those seeking to provide humanitarian aid.
This event launches the 58th issue of the Humanitarian Exchange on humanitarian negotiations. Drawing on research and their own field experience of undertaking humanitarian negotiations, panellists will discuss the challenges and compromises involved and the resources and tools that have been developed to support more effective engagement.
This is the first in a series of events on humanitarian negotiations. The next event, in October 2013, will focus on negotiations in Sudan.
Refreshments will be available from 14:30 pm.
Nick Schifrin ABC News Correspondent
Gerard McHugh President of Conflict Dynamics International
Pascal Bongard Head of Operations, Geneva Call
Ashley Jackson Research Fellow, Humanitarian Policy Group
Antonio Galli Independent Consultant and former Access Analyst, UN Access Coordination Unit, Jerusalem