Islamic philanthropy and Islamic social finance in humanitarian action

This blog explores the opportunities and challenges associated with Muslim philanthropy and Islamic social finance as a source of humanitarian financing.

Pets and humanitarian borders

Currently little academic attention is paid to pets and war. This blog explores how the care for animals is rapidly becoming a part of the humanitarian narrative of the attack on Ukraine and provides a starting point for further discussion on this topic.

Sharing data between humanitarian actors and donor governments

Data play an increasingly important role in response efforts. This blog examines data and definitions, and expectations and standards – and why they matter for more effective humanitarian response.

Human mobility in times of climate crisis

This blog examines findings related to forced migration, displacement and resettlement from the latest assessment report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released in February 2022.

Agents of change or agents of continuity? Gender and conflict in Ukraine

With the world’s eyes focused on Putin’s war on Ukraine, this war – as any other – is also profoundly gendered. This blog discusses what type of gendered interplay we are seeing in Ukraine as the war unfolds.

Militarisation, racism and Russophobia: What the war in Ukraine produces and reveals

This blog examines the hasty militarisation of Europe in response to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and points to the humanitarian racism and global rise of Russophobia exposed by the response to the war.

Putin’s aggression in Ukraine and its humanitarian consequences

This blog discusses the humanitarian aspects of Putin’s invasion to Ukraine and the urgent need to engage in humanitarian diplomacy.

Mobility and confinement: The construction of a humanitarian border in Mexico

This blog examines the impact of security and humanitarian dynamics in Mexico and the resulting construction of a humanitarian border. Published in Spanish only.

WHO head Tedros faces a challenge humanitarians know well

This blog reflects on a challenge often faced by humanitarians, namely to speak up or stay silent about abuses by member states against norms and laws.

The ambiguous politics of screening

This blog discusses ‘screening’ as an activity conducted by larger international NGOs that receive funding from governmental donors with conditional clauses to prevent financing terrorism.

Afghanistan: Beyond humanitarian relief

This blog examines why the looming humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan necessitates a broader engagement with the Taliban, and argues that the focus of aid to Afghanistan needs to shift from relief to development assistance as soon as possible.

The evacuation of judges and the future of justice in Afghanistan

This blog examines the evacuation of judges from Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover in August 2021 and the impact for the future of justice in Afghanistan.

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Blog guidelines

Who can contribute

We welcome blog contributions from across the humanitarian field, whether you are a researcher, academic, practitioner or postgraduate student.

For example, you may be a researcher wishing to link your studies to current affairs or events, or you may be a research student wanting to share some preliminary research findings. We also welcome contributions from practitioners working in the field wishing to share experiences or reflections on humanitarian issues or practices.

How to contribute

Please use the form above to submit your blog. It is useful if you also tell us how your blog contributes to the analysis or discussion about a particular humanitarian topic or issue.

All submissions should be made electronically and in Microsoft Word (not PDF or any other format). Blog posts should ideally be between 800 and 1,500 words in length. Please do not submit blogs more than 2,000 words.

Please include the names and a short bio for each author (no more than two to three sentences per author). If you use social media, you can also include your Twitter and/or Facebook handles. Also include a title for the blog, as well as an abstract or summary (maximum 100 words).

It is also useful if you include a suitable accompanying photo or image for your blog. Please also provide a caption where possible and ensure you cite the source and have permission to use it.

Blogs are best when they are easily understood by a wide audience. Please write in an accessible way that will be easily understood. Adding hyperlinks to relevant sources and background information is also a useful way to provide the reader with more information or provide further explanation of complex concepts. Add a short list of references at the end of your blog if necessary.

Please let us know if your blog has been published elsewhere. We can in some cases consider posting pieces that have previously been published, however, the author then needs to obtain permission from the original publisher to re-publish the work.

As a contributor, you are responsible for the factual accuracy of your work. You are also responsible for correctly citing other sources. Responsibility for any plagiarism rests with the author.

Blog review process

Please be aware that all blogs submitted for publication undergo an independent and anonymous review process. The reviewer may make suggestions to revise your blog prior to publication.

While this blog is hosted by the NCHS, the views expressed by individual authors are their own and must not be interpreted as the position of the NCHS.