Morocco’s response to French aid after the earthquake

Following the recent devastating earthquake, Morocco has declined France’s offer of aid. This blog explores how this refusal can be best understood.

Why does Pakistan support Islamist groups in Afghanistan?

This blog offers a fresh perspective on Pakistan’s backing of Afghan Islamist groups, such as the Taliban, despite their refusal to accept the Durand Line as a recognised international border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Ungovernable or humanitarian experimentation? Generative AI as an accountability issue

This blog discuss the type of accountability challenges generative AI, such as Chat GPT, represents for humanitarian governance.

Examining the ethics of humanitarian mediation

Examining ethical questions around humanitarian mediation, this blog urges a confident engagement with politics that can show solidarity with the most vulnerable yet retain access to a meaningful discussion with power.

NCHS conversation: Gemma Sou

In this NCHS Conversation, Development Geographer, Gemma Sou discusses her research on adaptation and recovery strategies of low-income families across Latin American and the Caribbean following climate related disasters.

Taking stock: Generative AI, humanitarian action and the aid worker

Is AI set to disrupt global humanitarian action? This blog explores the broader implications of evolving AI for humanitarian action, aid work and aid workers.

AI in aid: Framing conversations on humanitarian policy

This blog identifies a problematic lack of engagement with AI in the humanitarian strategies of donor countries and offers a set of pointers for framing conversations on AI in aid policy.

Ukrainian refugee pets: Perspectives from the classroom

This blog post offers reflections on the reception and care of Ukrainian refugee pets and the complex tensions and ethical issues this raises for refugee management more broadly.

Engagement and disengagement

This blog builds on a recent roundtable examining red lines in humanitarian negotiations, and continues the exploration of the humanitarian relationship with politics and power. By casting a fresh gaze on humanitarian principles, and recognising the social and political agency of humanitarian action, it identifies a place for both cooperation and challenge.

Governance and survival after the earthquake

The tragic earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria in February has been labelled the region’s “worst natural disaster” in 100 years. This blog explores the governance and political complexities of humanitarian assistance in responding to the disaster.

NCHS Conversation: Julia Morris

In this NCHS Conversation, Julia Morris (University of North Carolina Wilmington), discusses the increased outsourcing of asylum to private corporations and the concept of ‘refugee extractivism’.

NCHS Conversation: Sally Becker

In this NCHS Conversation, humanitarian aid worker Sally Becker discusses contemporary challenges in humanitarian response, as well as how technology can assist in the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

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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 or send to 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 1,200 words in length. Please do not submit blogs more than 1,500 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.

Guidance for authors

The blog is intended for a general audience. Please write in an accessible way that will be easily understood. Here are some tips to assist with this:

  • Use simple language as much as possible and avoid jargon.
  • Short sentences help. Long sentences and long paragraphs can confuse the reader.
  • Create a short, attention-grabbing title.
  • Use short engaging headings to break up ideas within your blog.
  • Make it relevant, for example relate writing back to current events or policy debates.
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Please support major claims by hyperlinking to external resources where possible (please check all hyperlinks work). Where hyperlinking is not possible, use in-text referencing (avoid using footnotes). Add a short list of references at the end of your blog if necessary.

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.

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

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.