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Humanitarian Policy Group

HPG is one of the world's leading teams working on humanitarian issues. We are dedicated to improving humanitarian policy and practice through a combination of high-quality analysis, dialogue and debate.
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Our projects

HPG's Integrated Programme: People, power and agency

HPG’s Integrated Programme (IP) combines cutting edge research on humanitarian policy and practice, extensive policy engagement, and convening and communications. Our 2022–2024 IP has five projects which explore how humanitarians can better engage with the social and political dynamics that influence humanitarian assistance.

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Climate change, conflict and displacement: how internally displaced persons (IDPs) cope and adapt

Many of today's displacement crises are driven by a complex mix of climate and environmental change, disasters, conflict and fragility. This project seeks to reframe discussions around climate change, conflict and displacement by focusing not on how these three phenomena impact one another, but rather on how they impact people's lives.

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HPG's Integrated Programme (2019–2021)

Our work is directed by our Integrated Programme (IP), a body of research examining critical issues facing humanitarian policy and practice, designed in consultation with our Advisory Group. This is complemented by commissioned studies, evaluations and communications and networking activity.

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The Humanitarian Policy Group's Integrated Programme

HPG team

  1. Sudan’s conflict – civil society and the war between the generals: key takeaways from a roundtable with Sudanese and international experts

    Meeting/conference reports

  2. Three months into Sudan’s conflict: humanitarian leaders on the violence, the humanitarian response and the future


  3. Beyond survival: wellbeing in protracted crisis


  4. Wellbeing in humanitarian action: what food, sex and death can teach us about supporting meaningful lives

  5. Beyond survival: exploring wellbeing in humanitarian action

    Literature reviews

  6. Think Change episode 27: refugee leadership – how do we move from talk to action?

  7. Meaningful participation means refugee-led organisation (RLO) inclusion

  8. To address complex refugee problems, the refugee regime should be accountable to the population it serves

  9. The Grand Bargain in 2022: an independent review

    Research reports

  10. Living with climate change, conflict and displacement: recognising agency, voice, mobility, language and linkages

    Briefing/policy papers

  11. Remaking aid: ethics, politics and narratives


  12. Syria after the earthquakes: challenges to post-disaster recovery following the catastrophic humanitarian response

  13. Understanding the role of narratives in humanitarian policy change

    Working papers

  14. In Ukraine and elsewhere, the humanitarian system won’t change without reshaping narratives

  15. Community engagement, protection and peacebuilding: reviewing evidence and practice

    Journal issue/article

  16. Afghanistan’s freezing winter: humanitarian crisis and the Taliban’s ban on women aid workers

  17. Community engagement, protection and peace


  18. Five things we learnt about displacement in 2022

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