Sonja Hövelmann2024-04-17T11:40:40+02:00

Sonja Hövelmann

Title: Research Fellow

Sonja Hoevelmann is a research fellow at the Centre for Humanitarian Action (CHA). She works on German humanitarian action and the Shrinking Humanitarian Space. Her research interests include the humanitarian system, German humanitarian assistance, education in emergencies, and normative changes in the humanitarian sector.

Prior to joining CHA, she worked as a program officer for quality management at Caritas Germany (Caritas international), where she contributed to effective knowledge management and safeguarding. She also contributed to the professionalisation of aspiring humanitarians by coordinating the Joint Master Programme in Humanitarian Action (NOHA) at the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict. Sonja has taught in seminars and summer schools on international relations and humanitarian action at the Ruhr-University Bochum and the University of Tübingen.

Sonja holds a master’s degree in social science from the Ruhr-University in Bochum. Her international experiences and field research include India, Belarus, Lebanon and Pakistan.

Sonja speaks English and German.

CHA Publications:

2023: Principled Payer, but Purposeful Player?

2023: Germany’s rise as a humanitarian donor

2023: CHA Statement on the Report of the Federal Government on German Humanitarian Assistance

2022: CHA Policy Brief: Where does the Grand Bargain 2.0 stand?

2022: Foresight Project: The future of humanitarian action [German]

2022: Humanitarian action of the United Nations – to go [German]

2021: Whose health matters?

2021: Introduction to the international humanitarian system

2020: The Triple Nexus in Practice: Challenges and Options for Multi-Mandated Organisations

2020: Triple Nexus in Pakistan: Catering to a governmental narrative or enabling independent humanitarian action?

2020: TRIPLE NEXUS to go

2020: Counterterrorism Measures and Sanction Regimes: Shrinking Space for Humanitarian Aid Organisations

2019: Where does German humanitarian assistance stand?