Annual reports

HERE in 2019

During 2019, we focused our research agenda around three core areas: the challenges to principled and accountable humanitarian action; the relevance and quality of commitments made by donors and humanitarian actors; and the significance of leadership for an effective humanitarian response. Whether working with partners or carrying out our own research and analysis, throughout the year we have continued to actively engage with key stakeholders in the humanitarian community. Formally and informally, we have sought to advance a critical understanding of some of the most pressing and current challenges to humanitarian action.

HERE in 2018

Our research demonstrated that while progress has been made at the policy level, improvements in practice remain inconsistent. Despite decades of rhetoric, there remain significant disparities between policy and practice in regards to adherence to humanitarian principles, protection, and accountability. In 2018, we established ourselves as a key partner to UN agencies, INGOs and governments when looking critically at the performance of the humanitarian system – particularly as it operated in relation to armed conflict. Formally and informally, we have sought to advance a critical understanding of some of the most pressing challenges to humanitarian action.

HERE in 2017

In 2017, we continued to grow our portfolio and further developed our track record of reviewing the delivery of humanitarian response. In Iraq, We were asked to look at a range of agencies, which receive funding from ECHO, and to assess how humanitarian principles guide them in their work. When agencies say they deliver principled humanitarian action, one can wonder what this implies in practical terms. Is there a noticeable difference between principled and non- or unprincipled action? The Iraq review revealed that while all agencies consider the principles in planning and carrying out their activities, there is great divergence in the way they understand and apply them. Only a small minority of them, for example, consider that the aspect of most in need, which is part of the principle of impartiality, implies that they should deliver their services as close to the frontline as possible.

HERE in 2016

Much of our work in 2016 capitalised on the opportunity to inform and influence discussions at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), which was held in Istanbul, Turkey, 23-24 May 2016. Whether working with partners or developing our own research and analysis, we actively engaged throughout the year with key stakeholders in the humanitarian community, from the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to UN Member States, on the expectations of what should be achieved at the Summit and how its conclusions should be taken forward.

HERE in 2015

As the preparation year for the World Humanitarian Summit, 2015 witnessed renewed attention to challenges in humanitarian responses. While humanitarian actors engaged in a flurry of discussions and consultations, humanitarian principles and protection gaps in armed conflict received surprisingly little attention. Throughout the year, HERE has consistently tried to bring these issues to the fore through a series of events, starting with an expert-panel event, on the topic of assessing the application of humanitarian principles on the ground. Coorganised with the ICRC on 24 February, the debate was held at the Humanitarium, and moderated by Helen Durham (Director of the Department of International Law and Policy at the ICRC).