The Humanitarian Negotiations Information Portal is a practitioner-driven database that serves as a global repository of information and resources on humanitarian negotiations.

Humanitarian negotiation is a special kind of engagement undertaken by civilians engaged in managing, coordinating and providing humanitarian assistance and protection for the purposes of:

  • ensuring the provision of humanitarian assistance and protection to vulnerable populations;
  • preserving humanitarian space; and
  • promoting better respect for international law.[1]

As the only portal dedicated to humanitarian negotiations, this database includes a collection of articles, case studies, reports, and other resources that provide examples of humanitarian negotiations in practice, as well as analyses of trends impacting this kind of engagement. The database also features a compilation of relevant excerpts from normative provisions and policy statements that pertain to the mandate for conducting humanitarian negotiations. The portal’s bibliography function allows users to compile and print a list of selected resources from the resource database.

The portal is designed to be sustained through your engagement. If you have suggestions for additional resources, please upload them using the ‘submit’ function located in the resource database.

If you have any suggestions for how we can improve the content or functionality of the portal please contact us at hniportal@cdint.org.

The Humanitarian Negotiations Information Portal is hosted by the Humanitarian Negotiations Initiative at Conflict Dynamics International (CDI). More information on CDI’s Humanitarian Negotiation Initiative can be found here.




[1] Gerard Mc Hugh and Manuel Bessler, Humanitarian Negotiations with Armed Groups. A Manual for Practitioners (New York: United Nations, January 2006), page 5.