How humanitarian interpreters bridge the language barrier during negotiations

May 5, 2021
From 26 to 30 April 2021, humanitarian interpreters participated in an Online Peer Workshop and Specialized Session for Humanitarian Interpreters organized by the CCHN in collaboration with the Interpreting Department at the University of Geneva. During this event, participants learned about the CCHN negotiation tools, as well the most important interpretation skills in the humanitarian field.

Webinar on Building Rapport at a Distance

March 10, 2021
The Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN) has recently launched a webinar on remote negotiation. It was held on 31 August 2020 and focused on building rapport remotely. 

When lives are at stake: Exploring high-pressure negotiations through storytelling

March 10, 2021
Negotiating under pressure in insecure environments is a critical skill that allows humanitarian organizations to help those most in need. If negotiations fail, people may not receive the assistance and protection they so urgently need.

Stress Management for Crisis Negotiation

March 10, 2021
Members of CCHN Community of Practice shared their methods on how to manage stress collectively and individually while negotiating in volatile and complex situations or when a crisis emerges. The interview was done during the CCHN Thematic Retreat on Negotiation Under Pressure 2019.

Negotiating Under Pressure: Voices from the field

March 10, 2021
Negotiating under pressure in insecure environments is a critical skill that allows humanitarian responders in the field to help those most in need. In this video, 6 humanitarians talk about their experiences dealing with high-pressure negotiations. This video was presented at the 2019 Geneva Peace Week event on “When lives are at stake: Exploring high-pressure negotiations through storytelling” on 5 November 2019.

The 2021 Winter Retreat: Improving frontline negotiators’ resilience

March 8, 2021
The Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN) organized the 2021 Winter Retreat for community members with a focus on self-care. With sessions from experts in stress management and mentor relationships, the retreat focused on practical tools to improve well-being and the creation of a supportive mentoring community.

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

December 7, 2020
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.

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

December 7, 2020
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.

Humanitarian Organizations Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic through Collective Efforts

November 20, 2020
At the 2020 Geneva Peace Week (GPW), the Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN) organized a joint live event in collaboration with the Permanent Missions of France and Germany to the United Nations in Geneva to discuss collective efforts on how humanitarian organizations can ensure access to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CCHN invited distinguished speakers and experts to exchange their views with members of the CCHN Community of Practice and to discuss the multifaceted challenges of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

November 19, 2020
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?

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

November 17, 2020
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.

Being Part of a Global Community of Humanitarian Negotiators

October 15, 2020
Mariya Nikolova, a Legal Training Advisor at the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva, explains how she has enhanced her negotiation capabilities while being a member of the CCHN Community of Practice.

How to Build Rapport Remotely Before Starting a Negotiation

October 8, 2020
The Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN) has recently launched a series of webinars on remote negotiation. The webinars have been developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and as a result of feedback from CCHN community members. The webinars will run over several months and aim to facilitate informed discussions within the CCHN community. They will provide practical information, guidance and advice on how to better prepare and conduct negotiations remotely. The first session was held on 31 August 2020 and focused on building rapport remotely. 

How Peer Support Helps Frontline Negotiators

September 2, 2020
Qadir Assemy, Head of Office for WFP in Herat province, Afghanistan, talks about the challenges and dilemmas that negotiators face, and the importance of managing stress in their work.

Hybrid Briefing Session on Preventing and Mitigating Risk in a Negotiation

August 3, 2020
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.