Humanitarian Crises

CIC’s Humanitarian Crises program, building on two decades of work to advance peace, justice, and inclusion in crisis-affected areas, focuses on two main areas:

  • The humanitarian-development-peace (HDP) nexus
  • Rights and responsibilities within the global refugee regime

In both areas, CIC seeks to fill important gaps in strategic and policy analysis and advocacy at both global and country levels. We achieve this by focusing on the links between protracted crisis and inequitable development in countries affected by conflict and fragility. The starting points for the program are:

  • While humanitarian assistance must be guided by bedrock principles of neutrality, impartiality, and humanity, there are many contexts in which such assistance can and should be designed with longer-term human rights and social development goals in mind.
  • The new development agenda is inclusive of all vulnerable groups and social classes­­–calling for no one to be left behind, and for the furthest behind to be reached first. Those commitments require development approaches that redound disproportionately to the benefit of countries and communities locked in crisis, and that address the underlying structures and inequities that give rise to “permanent emergencies” in the first place.

The COVID-19 pandemic has only reaffirmed the necessity, and difficulty, of collaborative action on behalf of crisis-affected communities. Since 2020, the Humanitarian Crises program has focused on the following key areas of policy reform, which both predate and have been exacerbated by the global pandemic:

  • The role of public institutions in responding to complex emergencies, particularly in conflict settings;
  • The phenomenon of ‘pandemic migration’ and its impact on social cohesion and development;
  • The linkage between macroeconomic, health, and humanitarian risks, with an emphasis on the Middle East and North Africa;
  • The absence of robust governance mechanisms at the multilateral level when it comes to pressing, worldwide issues such as climate-induced displacement;
  • Opportunities within existing UN reform processes to strengthen country-level coherence when it comes to humanitarian responses and durable solutions.

Justice for Refugees

In collaboration with the Pathfinders for Justice program, we are undertaking a series of activities to explore the most common justice problems faced by refugees. The Justice for Refugees initiative will focus on the justice problems of refugees and work with partners to develop ambitious, but feasible, strategies and approaches to resolve and prevent them. This work aims to strengthen the humanitarian-development nexus and provide an agenda for action on justice for refugees. Learn more on the Pathfinders website.

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