Uncharted Territory: Land, Conflict and Humanitarian Action - New York launch

29 April 2010
Public event


Sara Pantuliano - Humanitarian Policy Group, ODI

Samir Elhawary - Humanitarian Policy Group, ODI


Barbara McCallin – Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre

Auxumite Gebre-Egziabher - UN Habitat


Gabor Rona – UN-OCHA


This event will launch the new book Uncharted Territory: Land, Conflict and Humanitarian Action. Through the expertise of longstanding academics and practitioners, this edited volume by the Humanitarian Policy Group attempts to bridge the humanitarian and land tenure divide. It highlights their mutually important relationship and instigates a process that seeks to understand how Housing, Land and Property (HLP) issues can and should be practically incorporated into humanitarian responses.

The book is divided into three parts: it explores the theoretical nexus between land, conflict and humanitarianism, discusses the architectural challenges for a more integrated response and finally it presents the findings from selected case studies undertaken during the research project. These include Angola, Colombia, the Great Lakes Region, Rwanda and Sudan.

Editor Sara Pantuliano and contributor Samir Elhawary will present the book's findings. Barbara McCallin will act as a discussant, reflecting on the findings and the broader challenges to better incorporate land issues in humanitarian response.

Conference Room 1

Uncharted Territory: Land, Conflict and Humanitarian Action

Books or book chapters | November 2009 | Sara Pantuliano
Land issues, particularly its access, ownership and use, are often central to understanding the dynamics of conflict and post-conflict settings, yet an understanding of these issues is minimal amongst the humanitarian community. This book examines the challenges in...