Humanitarian Policy Group - Our work

Women at the Ifo Extension refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya build a temporary shelter (Flickr: Internews)

The Humanitarian Policy Group is dedicated to improving humanitarian policy and practice through a combination of high-quality analysis, dialogue and debate.

HPG's research focuses on five core research themes:

  • Principles, politics and the humanitarian system
  • Civilian security and protection
  • Displacement, migration and urbanisation
  • Livelihoods and food security in crises
  • Programming in transitional contexts

Twice a year HPG runs a week-long course in partnership with academic institutions.

The Advanced Course on Conflict, Crisis and Transitions is held in partnership with the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU) at the University of York, UK. Two Advanced Courses are held in partnership with the School of Public Policy & Management at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

HPG also contributes to the MSc in International Humanitarian Affairs, delivered by the PRDU at the University of York.

Civilian security and protection

Local Pakistani kids await to be evacuated after the floods in Khyber - Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Joshua Kruger)

The roles of military, political, human rights and humanitarian actors in civilian protection and the extent to which these are complementary.

Programming in transitional contexts

Soldier on patrol along the frontline in Mogadishu, Somalia (Kate Holt/IRIN)

The challenges for policy-making, strategy and operations in crises: the context in which the substantial majority of humanitarian expenditure currently occurs.