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Humanitarian practitioners operate within a web of international legal frameworks pertaining to humanitarian access, operations, and protection. From international humanitarian law (IHL) to international human rights law, refugee law, and other legal frameworks applicable in situations of armed conflict and complex emergencies, it is crucial for humanitarian actors to understand their rights and obligations. Additionally, they must understand the legal rights of their beneficiaries and counterparts in order to improve humanitarian protection and assistance. Explore now...


Humanitarian crises affect men, women, girls, and boys differently, making gender an important factor at nearly every level of humanitarian response. From implementing gender equitable programming during a crisis, to negotiating with governments and armed actors in a conflict zone, designing gender-sensitive operations and programming remains a challenge for humanitarian actors. With podcast discussions, blogs, and policy papers, the Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action (ATHA) is committed to providing relevant and intersectional analysis on issues related to gender and humanitarian response. Explore now...


Humanitarian practitioners regularly engage in negotiations with governments and armed actors, both in their efforts to gain access to locations where beneficiaries reside and to promote the protection of civilians affected by armed conflict. However, the humanitarian sector has only recently begun to recognize the significant role that negotiations play in humanitarian action. Explore now...


The protection of humanitarian workers from attack is an increasingly critical challenge for the delivery of assistance and protection in complex environments around the world. While some risks are inherent to humanitarian action, recent years have seen a significant increase in deliberate attacks against humanitarian professionals. Such attacks endanger their lives, violate international humanitarian law, and jeopardize the consistent and effective delivery of relief to populations in need. Explore now...


Worldwide displacement is at a record high, as war, persecution, instability, poverty, natural disaster and climate change have resulted in the displacement of approximately 60 million people are displaced globally, 38 million of whom are internally displaced. While migration and displacement are not new phenomena, the unprecedented levels of current displacement have triggered intense political debates, regional and local humanitarian responses, and protection challenges for migrants, including vulnerabilities of moving through armed conflict areas, risks associated with exploitation and mistreatment during transit, insecurity of refugee camps, detention, and processing centers, changing policies in countries of transit and arrival, and the need for longer-term solutions. Explore now...



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