Providing assistance in conflict and respecting humanitarian principles – two opposing goals?

Author: Julia Steets and Katherine Haver
Date: 01.05.2018
Downloads: Book Chapter (EN)

Providing assistance in an impartial way poses major challenges for aid agencies in particular conflict settings. However, there are ways to address these. For example, humanitarian actors can openly discuss compromise options and adopt ethical risk management systems. The latter have proven to be effective for agencies who are continuously present in conflict settings. This raises questions for some German organisations of their specific value added, and if it might be more effective to support international partners. The article by Julia Steets and Katherine Harver was published with the title “Dealing with challenges to decisions based on the humanitarian principles