South America

Lynn Farrah Ezzeddine is a Masters student in neuropsychiatric epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She focuses on how epidemiological research methods can be adapted to complex settings such as armed conflict, especially within countries of the Middle East.

Marie-Noëlle has worked in the humanitarian sector since 1993 and brings extensive experience in context analysis in conflict settings, and negotiating space and access with State and non-State actors. She has expertise in medical and operational response in emergency settings, protracted crisis and stable contexts.

This report focuses on the role that laws and norms play in humanitarian negotiations. The report is based on an initial set of 35 interviews that conducted by the Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action (ATHA) with humanitarian professionals between May and August 2016. This document will sketch out ATHA’s preliminary findings and analysis.

This briefing note aims to support the humanitarian sector’s efforts to apply a deeper level of analytical and strategic thinking to humanitarian negotiation. Toward this end, it provides an overview of how the rich body of literature focused on negotiations in other contexts—political, commercial, and legal settings, for example—can inform our understanding of humanitarian negotiation.

This paper examines trends in the field of humanitarian negotiation. The paper proceeds in three parts. Part I presents an overview of the key challenges faced in the field of humanitarian negotiation. Part II examines the past efforts that have been undertaken to promote a deeper understanding of this field. Based on this analysis, Part III offers concluding remarks.

Dr. O’Laughlin is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Global Health at the University of Washington. Dr. O’Laughlin attended the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and completed emergency medicine residency at the University of California, Los Angeles/Olive-View UCLA Emergency Medicine Residency Program.

The Children in Crisis (CiC) Program focuses on addressing the critical needs of crisis-affected children and youth in humanitarian contexts.

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