Whether caused by violent conflicts or natural disasters, humanitarian crises raise fundamental questions about ethics, law, sovereignty, and foreign policy. With the collective expertise of our three partner institutions, the NCHS aims to be at the forefront of humanitarian research to inform humanitarian related policy, practice and debate.
The key objectives of the NCHS are to:
Norwegian governmental and non-governmental actors are important actors on the humanitarian stage, and humanitarian principles are central to Norwegian foreign policy. Yet there is little public knowledge of and debate about humanitarian issues in Norway and Norwegian research on humanitarian issues was fragmented. It is against this backdrop that CMI, NUPI and PRIO came together to establish the NCHS in 2012.
The NCHS has also established a Research Network on Humanitarian Efforts to bring together scholars, practitioners and policy makers working on humanitarian related issues and to better connect research on humanitarian efforts across Norway and internationally.
The Research Network is funded by the Research Council of Norway’s NORGLOBAL program.