Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation
The Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN) is a joint initiative of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières Switzerland, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and the UN World Food Programme.
Through its work, the CCHN aims at…
The CCHN envisions a world where people in crisis situations are protected and assisted through an independent, vibrant and inclusive community of frontline negotiators.
Our governing board
The CCHN is administratively hosted by the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland. The CCHN’s governing board is composed of four representatives of its founding agencies, negotiation experts, and members of the community of practice who act in their personal capacity. The governing board is in charge of:
The current board, which took office in 2022, is composed by:
- Peter Maurer, President of the governing board (ad personam)
Representatives of humanitarian agencies contributing to the CCHN:
- Stephen Cornish – Director General, Médecins Sans Frontières Switzerland
- Filippo Grandi – High Commissioner, United Nations High Commissioners for Refugees
- Robert Mardini – Director General, International Committee of the Red Cross
- Cindy McCain – Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme
Members of the CCHN community of practice (ad personam):
- Ms. Hanalia Ferhan
- Ms. Esther Opoka
- Dr. Apostolos Veizis
Recognised negotiation experts (ad personam):
- Michael Møller – Chair of the CCHN Independent Evaluation Steering Committee in 2020
For additional information on the CCHN’s governance, please contact us at [email protected].
The CCHN’s diverse funding sources include multi-year agreements with institutional donors, support from partner humanitarian agencies, and in-kind contributions.
Our current sources of funding
- Strategic partners (International Committee of the Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières Switzerland, UN High Commissioners for Refugees, UN World Food Programme).
- Institutional donors (Governments of Germany, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland).
- Other funding sources (local partners, in-kind support for field implementation).
For additional information on the CCHN’s donors and funding, please contact us at [email protected].