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HUMANITARIAN NEGOTIATION 

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The training in summary:

 

Frontline negotiators in the humanitarian space face some of toughest negotiation challenges and dilemmas. In negotiating access to the world's most vulnerable populations, often trapped inside conflict zones, humanitarian professionals have to deal with extreme power imbalances and often a rapidly shifting local and global context. 

In this training humanitarian practitioners get introduced into the still evolving theory of practice developed by the Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN) in close consultation with senior practitioners from around the world. The CCHN project is founded by ICRC, MSF, UNHCR and the HD Centre and emphasises continuous peer-to-peer learning between humanitarian professionals. The training is provided by an NPS expert accredited by CCHN as a peer workshop facilitator on humanitarian negotiation. It uses the CCHN Field Manual (V.2, 2019) as its teaching reference.  

What is the impact?

  • Participants understand the basic theory and concepts underlying humanitarian negotiation, such as:

    • The role and tasks of the frontline negotiator​, the support team and the mandating organisation

    • Analysis of context, interests and motives

    • Distinguishing between professional, technical and political negotiations

    • Dealing with disagreements on facts and norms

    • Sources of legitimacy in humanitarian negotiation 

    • Creating a conducive environment on humanitarian access negotiations

  • Participants are better able to prepare themselves for negotiations on humanitarian access and advise colleagues on key aspects of preparation.

  • Participants are able to use the tools presented in the CCHN Field Manual

  • Participants become aware of the peer-to-peer learning  opportunities supported by a growing (online) community of humanitarian negotiators around the world.