Humanitarian Crises

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

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

In both areas, CIC seeks to fill important gaps in strategic and policy analysis at the 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

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