Activities

The Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN) serves as a central hub for the Strategic Partners’ efforts to enhance the ability of humanitarian professionals to effectively engage in negotiation processes. Its activities aim to contribute to the thinking of practitioners on humanitarian negotiation through the sharing of the results of its research and reflections on humanitarian negotiation. The ultimate goal of its activities is to foster a community of practice among frontline humanitarian negotiators that spans across agencies, themes and operational contexts.

Context-Specific Activities

 

We support agencies’ negotiation capacity in given contexts

People-Specific Activities

 

 We develop field practitioners’ negotiation skills

Theme-Specific Activities

 

We address negotiation challenges through specific themes

The Centre regularly organises activities in operational contexts and regional hubs for humanitarian professionals engaged in frontline negotiation. For an overview of all upcoming events, please visit our Events Calendar.

While our activities are designed to support professional staff from the five Strategic Partners (ICRC, WFP, UNHCR, MSF and HD), these activities are open to the participation of professionals from all humanitarian organisations active on the frontlines of conflict.

16-19 Oct 2017
Caux, Switzerland
Regional Workshop on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation

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5-6 Dec 2017
Geneva, Switzerland
Annual Meeting of Frontline Humanitarian Negotiators

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26 Feb - 2 March 2018
Byblos, Lebanon
Regional Workshop on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation

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23-27 April 2018
Bangkok, Thailand
Regional Workshop on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation

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4-8 June 2018
Caux, Switzerland
Regional Workshop on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation

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2-6 July 2018
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Regional Workshop on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation

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3-7 Sept 2018
Dakar, Senegal
Regional Workshop on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation

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17-21 Sept 2018
Amman, Jordan
Regional Workshop on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation

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Context-Specific Activities

At the request of the five Strategic Partners (ICRC, WFP, UNHCR, MSF, and HD), the Centre of Competence regularly organises activities focusing on negotiation practices in specific operational contexts, providing support to country teams in the field. The Centre further supports individual negotiators and their organisations through peer exchanges.

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Analysis of Negotiation Practice

In-country bilateral and small group meetings with field practitioners to capture and analyse local negotiation practices and challenges.

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Induction Workshops

In-country field workshops introducing essential tools of humanitarian negotiation for national and international staff.

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Policy Workshops

In-country policy workshops on the specific challenges and dilemmas for senior managers of humanitarian organizations on access and protection issues.

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Peer-to-Peer Exchange

Peer support meetings to share negotiation practices among field practitioners at the local, national or regional level.

People-Specific Activities

In close collaboration with academic partners, the Centre organises activities focusing on the needs and demands of frontline negotiators. These activities play a key role in fostering the emergence of a global community of practice among professionals engaged in frontline negotiations that spans across agencies, regions and themes.

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Participatory Research

Under the guidance of senior researchers and in close collaboration with academic partners, selected participants are invited to conduct research on humanitarian negotiation.

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Regional Workshops

Advanced Regional Workshops organized jointly with ATHA/Harvard University, building capacity and skills of field practitioners through exchange of experience and reflections.

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Tools and Methods

Policy research on the development of new and practical tools and methods to assist frontline professionals in engaging successfully in frontline negotiations.

16-19 Oct 2017
Caux, Switzerland
Regional Workshop on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation

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26 Feb - 2 March 2018
Byblos, Lebanon
Regional Workshop on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation

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23-27 April 2018
Bangkok, Thailand
Regional Workshop on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation

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4-8 June 2018
Caux, Switzerland
Regional Workshop on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation

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2-6 July 2018
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Regional Workshop on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation

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17-21 Sept 2018
Amman, Jordan
Regional Workshop on Frontline Humanitarian Negotiation

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Theme-Specific Activities

We address negotiation challenges through specific themes.

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Annual Meeting

International gathering of field practitioners and experts around key challenges and dilemmas of humanitarian negotiation. Acts as an informal assembly of practitioners guiding the orientation of the Centre of Competence.

Annual Meeting 2016
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Thematic Working Groups

Informal meetings with practitioners and experts around a particular theme/ challenge of humanitarian negotiation to define the scope of the Annual Meeting. In July 2017, five working groups have been created, covering thematic issues pertaining to humanitarian negotiation in the Middle East Region, the Lake Chad Region, Myanmar, South Sudan, and Colombia.

5-6 Dec 2017
Geneva, Switzerland
Annual Meeting of Frontline Humanitarian Negotiators

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