Vaccine nationalism and vaccine diplomacy

This blog explores the factors impacting access to Covid-19 vaccines in the global south, including economic, political and intellectual property constraints.

Looking for the humanitarian backbone at the top of the UN

This blog reflects on the search for the new United Nations chief of humanitarian affairs. Will the UN Secretary-General have the special X-ray vision to detect the person with the sturdiest humanitarian backbone?

Collateral damage in court

“Collateral damage” has been a recurring feature of the wars in Afghanistan and the Middle East for the past two decades. This blog post examines the European Court of Human Rights decision in the case of Hanan vs Germany and the impact for civilian victims.

72 million children are at risk of sexual violence in conflict

This blog provides an overview of new data on children living in conflict zones where armed actors are reported to perpetrate sexual violence against children.

The politics of refugee relief

In November 2020, the Commissioner General of UNRWA informed UNRWA staff there was insufficient funds to pay their salaries in full for the month. This blog examines the implications of the ongoing UNRWA funding crisis.

Refugee legal aid in humanitarian operations

This blog examines the provision of legal aid to refugees in countries that do not have any refugee-specific legislation and where the rule of law is largely absent.

The coldest cold chain

After lockdowns and the related dire political, social, and economic consequences, the world has welcomed the news that several companies are approaching an effective vaccine for Covid-19. This blog asks what are the effects of these vaccines?

World Food Programme logistics: Delivering on the promise

In this Nobel Peace Prize blog series, we examine the implications of the award and critically engage in debates on food (in)security, food aid, innovation and technology and the WFP as a humanitarian actor.

Close your eyes and picture “a humanitarian”

This blog examines the imperial past alongside along the humanitarian present, as well as the influences on our understanding of humanitarianism.

The World Food Program won the Nobel Peace Prize

This blog reflects on the Nobel committee’s announcement of the WFP as the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and whether food aid boosts peace.

Peace continues to elude the Nobel Prize

The recent award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the WFP triggered mixed reactions. This blog asks do already privileged organisations doing their mandated jobs need such affirmation? Should humanitarian and peace efforts be confounded?

The humanitarian Antaeus

This blog explores the challenges humanitarians face as they try to achieve operational aims such as the delivery of humanitarian aid to civilians.

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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.