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Specialized Session | The Interface between Humanitarian Negotiation & Risk Management in Field Operations

19 September 2019 - 20 September 2019

Specialized Session on the Interface between Humanitarian Negotiation and Risk Management in Field Operations. The session aims to capture and analyse field practices in terms of preventing and mitigating risks beyond security risks.

Event details

19 – 20 September 2019
Dubai, UAE
On Application
Free of Charge
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About this Session

We have observed over the recent years an increasing interest from the humanitarian community in the prevention and mitigation of operational risks through the development of negotiation capabilities as well as guidance in the implementation of humanitarian principles in frontline negotiation. By building trust and establishing relationships with conflict actors, humanitarian negotiators contribute actively to limiting security risks and operational uncertainties affecting their respective agencies.

Yet, humanitarian negotiation can also be a vector of risks in terms of conditionality of assistance, institutional reputation, coordination and efficiency as well as competition within the humanitarian sector. It appears that humanitarian professionals engaged in negotiation may benefit from a more systematic analysis of risk factors as they relate to negotiation processes to inform the development of their negotiation strategies.

Topics Covered

– A peer-to-peer exchange on the personal experience of participants related to dealing with uncertainty and risks as humanitarian negotiators
– A presentation of a risk management framework and introductory risk management tools applicable to the planning and monitoring of humanitarian negotiations
– A short simulation engaging humanitarian negotiation on the application of these tools in a fictive and multifaceted risk environment
– A final deliberation on the usefulness and application of a risk management framework to frontline humanitarian negotiation

Creation of Peer Circle

The CCHN Specialized Session further seeks to foster the creation of a dedicated circle of humanitarian professionals in the region organized around this theme. Over a one-year cycle, this peer circle will discuss the latest challenges and dilemmas pertaining to these negotiations, share negotiation experiences, reflect on the development of new tools to address some of these challenges, as well as provide peer-to-peer support.

Selection Criteria

This session is open to humanitarian professionals who have previously attended a CCHN Peer Workshop, especially the participants of the Peer Workshop in Dubai which will take place from 16-18 September 2019.

Claude Bruderlein

Director of CCHN

Naima Weibel - NSS Asia

Naïma Weibel

CCHN Negotiation Support Specialist - Asia

Karim Hafez

CCHN Negotiation Support Specialist - Middle East

Will Harper- NSS Africa

Will Harper

CCHN Negotiation Support Specialist - Africa


19 September 2019
20 September 2019
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Dubai,United Arab Emirates