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Building Resilience and a Team-Care Focus Group for our Global Community of Frontline Negotiators

Humanitarian professionals are dedicated to assisting vulnerable people in high-risk environments. To do this, they often engage in high-stakes negotiations, during which they face personal, ethical and professional dilemmas. Living and working under such stressful conditions can take a toll on their physical and mental well-being, and many negotiators have expressed the need for self-care tools and peer support.

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Capacity-Building on Humanitarian Negotiation for Humanitarians Working with People on The Move in Greece

The Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN) started its workstream on forced migration in Europe in September 2020. We have made it a top priority to help humanitarians working with refugees and migrants in Greece to develop their negotiation skills. In September 2020, we held our first peer workshop in Europe – and the first during the COVID 19 pandemic – in Athens.

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The Role of Field Negotiation Practices in the Design of Global Diplomatic Strategies

High-level diplomacy of humanitarian organizations often appears to be detached from the reality of negotiation in the field. This disconnect has been accentuated during the COVID-19 pandemic, a time when integration between field and headquarters is more crucial than ever before. How can humanitarian diplomacy at headquarters remain aligned with negotiation experience and practice in the field?

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How the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Affected Humanitarian Access in Libya

Until recently, Libya was a middle-income country that did not need humanitarian aid. However, with a crumbling health system, minimal social services, and poor water and sanitation near coastal areas, it now faces a pandemic. This situation means that humanitarians have become essential actors responding to COVID-19 in Libya, but they are facing enormous challenges when providing assistance.

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Hybrid Briefing Session on Preventing and Mitigating Risk in a Negotiation

Impacted by the global pandemic of COVID-19, many humanitarians have switched to online training and self-development activities to prepare themselves in maintaining their programs under the current circumstances. To continue providing support for frontline negotiators and humanitarian staff in the Middle-East, CCHN has provided not only online but also hybrid events in a series of Summer Briefing Sessions on the Response to COVID-19.

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Expanding the Humanitarian Networks in Central America

In February and March 2020, the CCHN organized two Peer Workshops and a Specialized Session in Spanish to strengthen the negotiation capabilities of humanitarian workers in Latin America. The first Taller de negociación humanitaria en terreno (Peer Workshop on Humanitarian Negotiations) was held in Cucuta, Colombia on 25-27 February 2020.

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