Principles in Practice

Media and Interviews

World Humanitarian Summit:

NGO Statement on Humanitarian Principles

Statement (February 2015)

On the 3rd-4th of February, 2015, NRC participated in the 'Europe and Others' Regional Consultation of the World Humanitarian Summit. Ahead of the consultation, NRC contributed to a joint NGO statement on humanitarian principles, initiated by Action Contre le Faim and Handicap International. The statement was endorsed by 32 NGOs.

See the full Statement >

Online Event: NRC Director of Humanitarian Policy speaks on Neutrality in 21st Century Operations

Online event by Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP) event for the World Humanitarian Summit (January 2015)

On 8 January 2015, NRC's Director of Humanitarian Policy spoke at a special online consultation event hosted by PHAP on the principle of neutrality in humanitarian action as part of the World Humanitarian Summit consultations. Over 200 participants joined a high level discussion with constant interaction from the audience, which contributed with important questions and comments.

Watch the online event (2 hours 11 minutes) >

For the event report >

Radio Program: The Impact of Counter Terrorism Legislation on Principled Humanitarian Action

BBC Radio 4: File on 4 (July 2014)
In many parts of the world, charities are trying to deliver much-needed aid to desperate people living in areas controlled by militant groups. What do they do when counter-terrorism laws ban them from contact with those de facto authorities? Risk of prosecution has now created a climate of fear in many aid agencies - and the UN wants counter-terrorism policies redrawn to ensure lives can be saved without charity workers risking jail.

BBC's Tim Whewell reports from Gaza - and interviews NRC's Director of Humanitarian Policy, Ingrid Macdonald and other aid workers operating in Syria, Somalia and other places - on the practical and moral dilemmas involved.

Listen to program (38 minutes) >

Read the transcript of the program >

Humanitarian Principles in the Post 9/11 World

Article by Dr Antonio Donini,
Senior Researcher at the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University

The humanitarian enterprise has seen massive growth and institutionalisation in the past decade, but is it better equipped to resist the use and abuse of humanitarian action in the service of other agendas?

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Q and A on Humanitarian Principles

NRCs magazine Perspective (December 2012)
Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner responsible for humanitarian aid, and Elisabeth Rasmusson, Secretary General of NRC, share their opinions on some of the key issues currently being discussed in relation to humanitarian principles.

See the full interview >

See more articles from Perspective, NRC's quarterly humanitarian and international affairs magazine >