Afghanistan: a case study - strengthening principled humanitarian response capacities

Research reports and studies
January 2012
Andy Featherstone

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is undertaking a study on strengthening principled humanitarian response capacities with research input from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Donors and humanitarian actors have committed themselves to providing humanitarian aid in accordance with the following principles, which are enshrined in the Good Humanitarian Donorship (GHD) principles and the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief:

This study seeks to examine the challenges to adhering to these principles in practice and how donor funding restrictions can hamper the ability to provide principled humanitarian assistance. The case study in Afghanistan is the second of four case studies (Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan and South Sudan are the other three).

The principal aims of the research are as follows:

  • Analyse the current status of humanitarian funding in terms of donor adherence to commitments under GHD and the European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid. It will focus on conditions (be they positive or negative) placed on partners’ programme implementation and assess the implications of these on their ability to adhere to the principles of humanitarian action.
  • Assess current practices within the humanitarian community with regards to accepting/refusing funding and their adherence to principled humanitarian action more broadly.
  • Develop guidance based on lessons learned and best practices in the provision and acceptance of humanitarian funding.