Humanitarian Principles

WEBINAR: Humanity, Neutrality, Impartiality, and Independence: Are these principles applied in today’s humanitarian operations?

Humanitarian Principles
June 01, 2016 Leadership and Coordination

How do humanitarian actors operate in the face of dilemmas, such as when political and military interests override humanitarian considerations? 

Although there is wide-spread adherence to key humanitarian principles, the reality does not always make it easy to respond to all persons in need. This is sometimes related to physical and natural barriers, as well as lack of access for security reasons.

This webinar is the second of a two-part series on field-level implementation of principled humanitarian action. It is organized by the Norwegian Refugee Council, Handicap International, the Senior Transformative Agenda Implementation Team (STAIT), and PHAP.

The first webinar took place on 8 October 2015, facilitated by PHAP. It builds on the earlier discussion of how the humanitarian principles are applied at the field level in today’s complex operations. It shares best practices, discuss challenges, and looks at how respecting humanitarian principles enhances the effectiveness and efficiency of the humanitarian response.


Mark Bowden, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan

Balthasar Staehelin, Deputy Director-General at the International Committee of the Red Cross

Frances Charles, Advocacy Director for World Vision’s Syria Crisis Response.

Date: October 22nd 2015.



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