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Stories From the Front-Line

4 December 2018, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm CET

On 4 December from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, the Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation and Initiatives of Change Switzerland invite the public to a human library event on frontline humanitarian negotiation at the Geneva Press Club. Organized in conjunction with the 2018 Annual Meeting of Frontline Humanitarian Negotiators, the event will give a rare glimpse into the work of frontline negotiators and the challenges they face in armed conflicts around the world. The event will serve as the Geneva launch of the CCHN Field Manual on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation.

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Building trust is an essential task of frontline humanitarian negotiators. What are the practical ways to build trustful relationships with counterparts in environments where trust is a scarce resource? What role do gender and diversity play in frontline negotiations? How do negotiators handle the hard choices they have to make, both on a personal and professional level, to help communities on the frontlines?

For the past 2 years, the Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation has been working with frontline professionals and operational managers from leading humanitarian organizations to analyze humanitarian negotiation practices. Drawing extensively on this first-hand knowledge, it developed the CCHN Field Manual on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation, providing a comprehensive method to conduct humanitarian negotiation in a systematic and organized manner.

After a short presentation of the Field Manual, the event will move to a human library format where humanitarian negotiators will share personal stories from the front-line. Stories will revolve around the role of trust, leadership and diversity in frontline negotiations.



Peter Maurer

President of the International Committee of the Red Cross


Joëlle Germanier

Negotiation Support Specialist, Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation


Sofia Mueller

Project Coordinator, Initiatives of Change Switzerland

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Raphael Veicht

Head of Mission - South Sudan, MSF

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Markus Brudermann

Head of Regional Delegation - Cameroon, ICRC

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Vivian Caragounis

Programme Policy Officer, WFP South Sudan

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Oscar Sánchez Piñeiro

Senior Field Coordinator - Dohuk, UNHCR

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Photo Credit: Agnes Varraine-Leca/MSF


4 December 2018
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm CET


Geneva Press Club, Geneva, Switzerland
Geneva Press Club, 106 Route de Ferney, 1202 Genève
Geneva, Switzerland
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