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.

WFP wins the Nobel: Is this an opportunity to enhance protection?

This blog examines the relationship between food – or lack thereof – and military strategies in contemporary armed conflict.

TikTok and the war on data

This blog examines how a tech-reliant humanitarian sector increasingly finds itself implicated in a global war on data.

Hunger is a weapon of war but the WFP can’t build peace on its own

This blog examines the notion of hunger as a weapon of war and the power of food aid.

Nobel for WFP: A non-political Peace Prize for humanitarian multilateralism?

This blog examines the WFP as the Nobel Peace Prize winner and the political nature of humanitarian multilateralism.

Red lines and grey zones

Humanitarian action relies on negotiations with counterparts at local, national and international levels, which are invariably filled with ethical dilemmas. This blog puts forward the need for a research agenda to further examine the ethics of humanitarian action.

From Moria to the UN Security Council

Under the Refugee Convention, people in need of asylum must be given the opportunity to apply for it. This blog examines the fundamental flaws in this system.

Moria’s male refugees need help just as much as anyone else

This blog reflects on the dramatic events where Camp Moria, housing 13,000 refugees mainly from Afghanistan, burnt down on 8 September. Europe, except for Germany, has so far responded in a cold and calculating way.

The dramatic effects of Covid-19 on everyday life in Gadarif

This blog explores the effects of Covid-19 in Gadarif in Eastern Sudan. Precarious food supplies and lacking border control could mean that the chances of containing the pandemic are slim.

Fighting racism and decolonising humanitarian studies

Partnerships between scholars and conflict-affected communities are as unequal as ever. This blog examines the urgent need to address racism and decolonise humanitarian studies.

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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.