The civilian population often suffer in humanitarian crises, regardless of whether these are conflicts created by human beings or natural catastrophes.
The international humanitarian assistance apparatus is made available in crises where the local state apparatus lacks the will or capacity to help the population. Protection of civilians in (post-)conflict situation is a central research area at NUPI. Our research concerning humanitarian issues is both academic and practical.
Among the questions we seek to answer are these:
- What causes humanitarian crises, and what solutions are available?
- How is the humanitarian assistance apparatus composed?
- What are local perspectives on humanitarian principles?
- What effects do the global humanitarian principles have?
- What is the linkage between politics and practice in humanitarian assistance?
- - and the between politics and a-political, neutral humanitarian principles?
NUPI is a partner in the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies, together with CMI (Bergen) and PRIO (Oslo). The Centre works to coordinate research on humanitarian questions, and to serve as a bridge-builder for humanitarian actors and the authorities.
News about humanitarian issues
7 Dec 2020
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29 Oct 2020
2020 marks the 20th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325. But the important Women, Peace and Security agenda seem to have had a backlash in recent years.
9 Apr 2020
(African Arguments, April 1, 2020) At the very time the African Union is most needed to manage crises, many of its operations have been put on hold.
Publications about humanitarian issues
: Academic article
2020An analysis of Chad's regime role in the context of the military and humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad Basin
2020The Covid-19 pandemy has exposed vulnerability for pharmaceuticals and medical goods. Does globalisation create more or less vulnerability? - The majority of countries import all their drugs and only eighteen countries are net exporters. - Exports are dominated by Western Europa, with China and India...
Research projects about humanitarian issues
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COOPERATION: President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and President og the AU, Moussa Faki Mahama.2020 - 2021 (Ongoing)
This collaborative project between NUPI, ACCORD and ECFR aims to stimulate and enrich the dialogue in Africa and Europe on the underlying geopolitical, Covid-19, peace and security and other key developments...
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2018 - 2019 (Ongoing)
What are Chinese priorities in relation to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and how do Chinese actors promote their interests and prospects for international cooperation?
2019 - 2021 (Ongoing)
The aim of this project is to improve our understanding of the relationship between migration and development in order to suggest more effective policies for addressing root causes of migration in weak...