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A quick introduction to three key topics on the protection of humanitarian space, for policy teams and decision makers in humanitarian organisations and governments.

Principled humanitarian action faces growing restrictions and impediments. These challenges stem from a growing disregard for international humanitarian law (IHL), to access constraints imposed by local authorities and non-state armed groups (NSAGs) and the impact of sanctions and counterterrorism (CT) measures. These can force difficult trade-offs between responding to needs and guarding against potential harm to staff, resources, and reputation. The sections below provide an overview of the major themes that are contributing to the erosion of humanitarian space. 

  • Yemen


    Principled humanitarian access

    What is principled humanitarian access, which legal frameworks apply, and what are best practices for access coordination and humanitarian negotiations?
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  • Afghanistan


    Impact of counterterrorism measures and sanctions on principled humanitarian action

    What are counterterrorism measures and sanctions, how do they impact humanitarian action, and what are the solutions?
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