Our CHA blog site is a platform to share views, opinion-editorials, research ideas, and reflections from practice regarding humanitarian action in an accessible and digestible way.

Within this scope, we are proud to publish ‘The Humanitarian Blog’, a new joint initiative by the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) and the Centre for Humanitarian Action (CHA) with contributions from both institutions and guest authors.

Contributing authors to all blogs include CHA and IFHV staff, international researchers, and practitioners. We welcome input from interested scholars, journalists, and humanitarians. If you would like to contribute a piece to the blog, please contact info@chaberlin.org.

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The ethics of humanitarian negotiation

by Kristoffer Lidén & Kristina Roepstorff (16. October 2020)

Providing humanitarian aid is easier said than done. In this blog post, Kristoffer Lidén of PRIO Kristina Roepstorff of the University of Magdeburg discusses ethical dilemmas of humanitarian negotiations.

We need to talk about principles

by John Mitchell (26. August 2020)

In our latest blog post, ALNAP Director John Mitchell reports on the merger of DFID and on humanitarian principles. Read it yourself.

Some Thoughts on the COVID-19 Crisis, Humanitarianism and the European Union

by Christos Stylianides / Prof Dr Pierre Thielbörger (26. August 2020)

In this blog post, former EU Commissioner Christos Stylianides and Prof Dr Thielbörger from IFHV at Ruhr University Bochum share their thoughts on the COVID-19 pandemic. How does COVID-19 challenge the European Union and humanitarianism in a broader sense?

Humanitarian Smugglers? The EU Facilitation Directive and the Criminalisation of Civil Society

by Laura Schack (31. July 2020)

Humanitarian actors are increasingly facing accusations and charges of migrant smuggling. In this blog post, Laura Schack analyses the Facilitation Directive, the EU’s legal framework for tackling human smuggling and the basis of criminal charges laid against humanitarian actors.

The Politicised and Criminalised Contexts of Counterterrorism

by Charlotte Faltas (6. July 2020)

For several years now, the work of humanitarian aid workers has been increasingly criminalised by restrictive laws and measures on counterterrorism. In this blog, Charlotte Faltas looks at the effects that are to be feared – and what can be done about it.

There should be no “post-Corona”

by Ole Hengelbrock (19. May 2020)

Corona measures must be designed more locally and be more accountable, says Ole Hengelbrock of Caritas international. In this blog post he explains to what extent the Corona pandemic poses new challenges for humanitarian aid and why there should be no “post-Corona”.

Germany: Global Player without strategy

by Ralf Südhoff (7. April 2020)

The German Federal Foreign Office is currently celebrating its 150th anniversary. It is not only because of the pandemic that it faces enormous challenges. A blog post by CHA Director Ralf Südhoff.

#COVID-19 and its impact on migration

by Dr Kristin Bergtora Sandvik/ Dr Adele Garnier (31. March 2020)

How will the COVID-19 pandemic reshape refugee and migration governance? First observations by Dr Kristin Bergtora Sandvik and Dr Adele Garnier.