IHSA

The International Humanitarian Studies Association is a network engaged with the study of humanitarian crises caused by natural disaster, conflict or political instability.

Negotiating Humanitarian Access in Violent Conflict

Submitted by Roanne van Voorst, Jan Pospisil
In theme The Changing Realities of Crisis and Responses to Crises, Including Humanitarianism


The question of getting access is a key challenge for humanitarian actors in situations of ongoing violent conflict. In recent years, increasingly complex and fast-moving conflict contexts have made this challenge even more severe, in particular since areas difficult to access are often also the areas where the provision of humanitarian assistance is the most pressing concern.
As a consequence, a variety of practices has emerged of how humanitarian access is negotiated and safeguarded. These practices range from informal or even secret agreements between a limited number of actors to the inclusion of humanitarian issues in ceasefire and peace agreements.
This panel asks for contributions that engage empirically as well as conceptually with practices of negotiating humanitarian access in situations of violent conflict. We invite contributions that deal with specific issues or practices of organisations, patterns of engagement, emerging regional patterns of negotiating access, or the interrelationship between humanitarian issues and broader efforts of conflict mediation and transformation.

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