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
1 Mar 2021
It is no secret that the consequences of the pandemic we are now in the midst of, are enormous. But did you know that covid-19 may contribute to a reversal of the global work on women's rights? Or that it may lead to a dramatic decrease in peace operations?
7 Dec 2020
NUPI has produced ten hours of high quality radio about foreign policy and international relations. The programs will air on NRK P2 during week 50, Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 11.00. Tune in!
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.
Publications about humanitarian issues
2021For nearly two months Bangui – the capital of the Central African Republic – has been under siege. An alliance of rebel groups is attacking convoys of trucks bringing goods into the country – leading to food shortages and price rises. Fighting has led to a security and humanitarian crisis with over 200,000...
: Academic article
2020An analysis of Chad's regime role in the context of the military and humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad Basin
Research projects about humanitarian issues
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2021 - 2022 (Ongoing)
Norway has a seat in the UN Security Council in 2021 - 2022. Through this project we will facilitate meetings with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss important strategic issues.
Photograph: EU media library
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?