Principles in Practice

NRC Publications

Upcoming Publications

Humanitarian Principles from State perspectives
(forthcoming July 2015)

Toolkit on risk management in relation to counter-terrorism measures
(forthcoming September 2015)

Principles and Pragmatism in Conflict Settings: Field Perspectives
(forthcoming December 2015)

Norwegian Refugee Council Report written by Lydia Poole
3rd April 2014

Humanitarian assistance and funding should be based on people's needs and provided without discrimination. Unfortunately this is not always the case.

This report helps to understand the funding landscape and how it can be adapted to better assist populations affected by conflicts and natural disasters. It also looks at how the contributions of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) -key actors on the ground- can be strengthened.
The report is drawn from experiences of NGOs and other actors in South Sudan, Somalia and Pakistan.

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The Norwegian Refugee Council and the Overseas Development Institute’s Humanitarian Policy Group
by Ingrid Madonald and Angela Valenza

12th October 2012

A recent poll confirmed widespread popular support for continued European Union funding of humanitarian acid, with 88% of respondents in favour. At the same time, the harsh economic climate, increasingly complex emergencies and a politically polarised world are exerting pressure on humanitarian organisations and donors alike.

Within this context, this report, Tool for the Job, based on case studies conducted in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan and South Sudan, considers principled humanitarian action from the perspectives of both non-governmental organisations (NGOs and donors. It examines hurdles that can prevent humanitarian organisations from adhering to the principles of humanity, impartiality, independence and neutrality, which serve as the basis for humanitarian action and assist humanitarian actors in overcoming challenges.

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The Norwegian Refugee Council and United Nations office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
by Kate Mackintosh and Patrick Duplat

July 2013

A growing body of counter-terrorism legislation is having a direct impact on humanitarian action, restricting funding, stalling project implementation, and resulting in an increased climate of self-censorship by aid workers.

This report assesses the consequences of counter-terrorism policies epitomized by the Patriot Act introduced in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the USA in 2001. Undertaken by two independent researchers, the report focuses on case studies in Somalia and the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

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The Norwegian Refugee Council by Marit Glad

The establishment of UN Integrated Missions - whereby humanitarian coordination and leadership are placed under the umbrella of political and peacekeeping missions - has raised serious concerns within the humanitarian community.

This discussion paper explores an areas that has received little attention to date: how integration has impacted cooperation between UN and NGO humanitarian actors. The paper also touches upon integrated UN security management. While security management is not directly linked to UN integration, it is seen as one of the greatest impediments to UN-NGO coordination.
The analysis is based on interview with staff from UN missions, UN agencies, donor governments and NGOs working in Afghanistan, DRC and Somalia.

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