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Overview

Conflict Dynamics' Humanitarian Access Initiative supports humanitarian practitioners and others toward the objective of contributing to improvement of humanitarian access in situations of armed conflict. The Initiative combines expertise in negotiations with a comprehensive methodological approach to humanitarian access.

Latest News!

December 2014: New resources on humanitarian access in armed conflict

Jonglei paper coverThe Government of Switzerland and Conflict Dynamics have together launched two new publications related to humanitarian access:
Humanitarian Access in Situations of Armed Conflict: Practitioners' Manual, Version 2 and Humanitarian Access in Situations of Armed Conflict: Handbook on the International Normative Framework, Version 2.

These practical resources address today's challenges in securing and sustaining humanitarian access. The resources have been developed under an initiative of the Government of Switzerland with support from Conflict Dynamics. A Consultation Group –involving the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) – has guided and actively contributed to the resources through all stages of development.

The Practitioners' Manual and Handbook are designed to assist humanitarian practitioners in structuring their approaches to access in order to achieve greater humanitarian impact in situations of armed conflict.  The resources are also intended for people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection themselves, officials of affected States and national authorities, parties to armed conflict, international organizations, and donors who support humanitarian action.

For further information on this initiative, including dissemination and uptake opportunities, please contact us at: humanitarianaccess@cdint.org or visit http://www.cdint.org/humanitarian-access.htm and https://www.eda.admin.ch/humanitarian_access (French).

Watch the webcast of the newsconference announcing new resources on humanitarian access in armed conflict here.

Background

SoldiersConflict Dynamics has worked with humanitarian practitioners and others to overcome the challenges of access in situations of armed conflict since 2004. Over the years, and in recognition of a general gap in policy guidance, Conflict Dynamics has developed a comprehensive, structured approach to humanitarian access. In 2009, Conflict Dynamics undertook a project in collaboration with the Swiss Government, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and the International Committee of the Red Cross to produce two resources to assist humanitarian practitioners in securing and sustaining access: A Practitioner’s Manual and a Handbook on the International Normative Framework related to access.

Conflict Dynamics’ approach to access is firmly rooted in the humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, and independence. Conflict Dynamics also promotes and facilitates a better understanding and application of relevant provisions of international laws, policies, and norms.

 

Areas of Activity

Based on the Methodology and guidance developed for the Practitioner’s Manual and Handbook, Conflict Dynamics supports humanitarian practitioners and others involved in humanitarian access through training, coaching, and policy development. 

Conflict Dynamics’ approach uses process, structure, and tools to enhance output and impact. Its Methodology guides humanitarian practitioners through multiple steps related to analyzing the context and designing, prioritizing, and implementing the best options to secure and sustain access. The approach also assists practitioners in working through dilemmas of humanitarian access.
CDI has specific expertise and supports practitioners and other actors in 7 Areas of Competence:

  1. Humanitarian Principles in practice
  2. International Normative Framework
  3. Analysis
  4. Developing Options
  5. Implementation
  6. Working through Dilemmas
  7. Humanitarian Negotiations

Currently CDI offers trainings  to practitioners and other actors involved in or influential to access. These include: 

  • Advanced Workshops – 2-5 days, highly interactive, and contextualized
  • Executive Seminars – a 1-day, or less, overview of methods and content

Check back soon for more information on additional forms of support soon to be available, including:

  • Coaching – real-time extended-duration support to practitioners in situ
  • Evaluations – to identify organizational strengths/weaknesses related to access
  • Policy guidance – through “Access Briefs” and other publications

Publications

Handbooks and Manuals:

Humanitarian Access in situations of armed conflict: Practitioner’s Manual (2014)
Humanitarian Access in situations of armed conflict: Handbook on the International Normative Framework (2014)
Humanitarian Negotiations with Armed Groups: A Manual for Practitioners (2006)

Program Documents:

Humanitarian Access Initiative Overview

 

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