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Involved in humanitarian negotiations in the Middle East? Rely on advice from expert humanitarian professionals

In November 2020, the Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN) and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) launched the Middle East Think Tank on Crisis Negotiation.
Composed of over 30 highly experienced humanitarian field practitioners, the Think Tank has one objective: to think outside the “humanitarian box” and offer humanitarian professionals a space to jointly come up with innovative solutions to today’s most critical humanitarian negotiation challenges.

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10 strategies to use when negotiating assistance for (and with) people on the move

The Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN) gathered experiences of skilled frontline negotiators working in settings where migration is taking place. Keep reading to find out what these professionals believe are the ten most important strategies when negotiating assistance for (and with) people on the move.

For humanitarian organizations and their staff assisting these populations, part of their work means negotiating with the groups who control the territories where these camps are located.

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Why Diversity Matters for Humanitarian Negotiation

Why does diversity matter for humanitarian negotiation? What is the role of inclusion on the frontline? How does your identity impact your perception and how you are perceived?

Dr. Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings, Associate Director of Research of the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership, elaborates on the importance of diversity in Humanitarian Negotiations in the article below. Drawing from Alsalem & Grace (2021), she delves into how identity, character, and past experiences may influence how counterparts perceive the negotiator and how negotiators perceive the counterpart, the efforts of the Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN), and the importance of inclusion amongst other topics.

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