PRIO Global Fellows with expertise in humanitarian studies

We are pleased to announce that Larissa Fast (University of Manchester) has been awarded the PRIO Global Fellowship, and that Dorothea Hilhorst (ISS) has had her PRIO Global Fellowship renewed. PRIO Global Fellows are academics with strong scholarly records and a commitment to the research agenda on peace and conflict. They all have their main positions elsewhere but work closely with PRIO researchers and regularly spend time in Oslo. Given the thematic expertise of these two scholars, they will also be cooperating with NCHS.

Larissa Fast is Senior Lecturer in Humanitarian Studies HCRI, University of Manchester. Her research addresses two fundamental problems: how best to protect civilians, particularly those who intervene in violent conflict, and how to make such intervention more effective, ethical, and responsive to local needs and circumstances.

​​​Dorothea Hilhorst is Professor of Humanitarian Aid & Reconstruction at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University in The Hague. Hilhorst’s research interests concern aid–society relations and development aspects of disasters, conflict and humanitarian aid, and the interactions between them.

We look forward to cooperating with these great academics.

“Kampen mot Korona: hva med flyktninger og asylsøkere?” Webinar 15. april

Onsdag 15. april arrangerer Det juridiske fakultet i OsloPRIO og Det juridiske fakultet i Bergen et webinar om de langsiktige menneskerettslige, rettssikkerhetsmessige og rettsstatlige konsekvensene av koronaepidemien for mennesker på flukt.


  • Hva er de største truslene mot flyktninger og asylsøkeres rettssikkerhet?
  • Hva må til for at korona-innskrenkningene ikke skal bli permanente?
  • Skaper koronaepidemien et mulighetsrom for å tenke nytt om norsk politikk og internasjonale institusjoners praksis?



Teknisk moderator

Følg webinaret på Zoom den 15. april fra 10:00 – 11:00:

Klikk her for full arrangementbeskrivelse.

Webinar on 8 April examining COVID-19 and the growing humanitarian crisis from a gender perspective

The webinar “COVID-19: A Gender Perspective on the Growing Humanitarian Crisis” will take place on Wednesday 8 April. The webinar is hosted by The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security  in partnership with The LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre , The PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security  and The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre .

Please register here to receive the the link. 

The United Nations has launched a major humanitarian response plan to mitigate COVID-19’s impact on the world’s most vulnerable communities. Understanding the human dimension of the tragedy highlights the dire conditions and prospects of people living in places already affected by conflict and crisis. Moreover, it is important to recognize that women and girls are both uniquely impacted and critical to mitigation strategies during this humanitarian crisis.

Join leading experts for a virtual discussion on the urgent need for a gender-responsive approach to mitigating COVID-19 and global strategies for effectively addressing the pandemic’s impact.

Panelists include:
Rt. Hon. David Miliband, President and CEO, International Rescue Committee
Ms. Anita Bhatia, Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director for Resource Management, Sustainability and Partnerships, UN Women
Mr. Eric Schwartz, President, Refugees International
Ms. Mavic Cabrera-Balleza, Chief Executive Officer, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders
Dr. Orzala Nemat, Director, The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU)
Moderated by: Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

17:00-18:00 GMT+2 /11:00am-12:00 pm EDT

The New Humanitarian webinar 19 March: How will COVID-19 impact crisis zones?

The New Humanitarian is organizing a webinar on how COVID-19 will impact crisis zones. The webinar will start at 14:00 (GMT+1) Thursday 19 March. You may register for the webinar here.

You are invited to an online conversation organised by The New Humanitarian about how COVID-19 will impact crisis zones.

Aid agencies are scrambling to adapt as the COVID-19 pandemic is felt throughout the world. Join Senior Editor Ben Parker as he speaks to leading experts and practitioners from across the humanitarian sector to discuss some of the most pressing issues.

Speakers confirmed so far:

– Ben Parker, TNH Senior Editor (moderator)
– Jeremy Konyndyk, Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development
– Virginie Lefèvre, Program and Partnerships Coordinator, Amel Association
– Suze van Meegen, Advocacy Manager, Norwegian Refugee Council in Somalia
– Karl Blanchet, Director, Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH)

How will COVID-19 impact crisis-affected and already-vulnerable communities? How is the humanitarian sector adjusting to life under the shadow of a new global pandemic? Is the aid sector prepared? Where should priorities lie? And what does this crisis reflect about the changing face of vulnerability?

There will be time for Q&A and you can submit your questions in advance to Register now to book your slot.

New book in ‘Military and Humanitarian Health Ethics’ series feature chapter by Sandvik on humanitarian wearables

A new edited volume titled Ethics of Medical Innovation, Experimentation, and Enhancement in Military and Humanitarian Contexts is now available. The book is edited by Daniel Messelken and David Winkler, and is part of the Military and Humanitarian Health Ethics (MHHE) book series.

The edited volume features a chapter by NCHS associate Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (PRIO/UiO) titled Humanitarian Wearables: Digital Bodies, Experimentation and Ethics.

To read more about the book and see the full table of contents, click here. To read the abstract of Sandvik’s chapter, click here.

GSG/NOHA/NCHS Conference in Groningen rescheduled for December 2020

The conference and public lecture scheduled for 25 March in Groningen are being postponed. The organizers have shared the following message:

Following the measures currently taken surrounding Covid19, the decision was made for cancelling the conference of March 25th. However the good news is that we have the opportunity to postpone it to a later date. We will reschedule the conference to 3 December 2020. More information will follow in a few months. Thank you for your understanding.  

New article on rights and the politics of humanitarian aid in Myanmar by Marte Nilsen

Marte Nilsen (PRIO) recently published an article in The European Journal of Development Research titled Perceptions of Rights and the Politics of Humanitarian Aid in Myanmar. Nilsen’s article explores the trade-off for humanitarian actors between getting access and securing rights for vulnerable populations in authoritarian or repressive states. The article looks at Norwegian aid to Myanmar in three significant responses during the period 2007-2017: the emergency response following Cyclone Nargis in 2008; the protracted aid assistance to refugees in camps along the Thai-Myanmar border; and the aid assistance to returning IDPS in ceasefire areas in South-eastern Myanmar since 2012. The approaches of three Norwegian organizations are examined in depth, namely of The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), The Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) and The Norwegian Church Aid (NCA).

Read the article here.

Norwegian MFA and major humanitarian organizations will assess aid to Syria and lessons learned

10 March 2020, the Norwegian MFA, in collaboration with Norwegian Refugee Council, Norwegian Peoples Aid, Norwac, Save the Children Norway, Norwegian Church Aid, Norwegian Red Cross and Care Norway, will host a seminar on lessons learned 10 years after the conflict in Syria broke out. The event will be held at Litteraturhuset in Oslo, Norway, and take place from 14:00 – 17:00. To see the full event description on Facebook, click here.

2020 marks nine years since the start of the conflict in Syria. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed or injured, millions have been displaced and infrastructure has been devastated. The humanitarian consequences of the conflict are widespread within Syria and throughout the region. Four years ago, the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg pledged NOK 10 billion over four years (2016 – 2019) to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Syria and neighbouring countries. This constitutes the largest humanitarian effort by Norway in recent times. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with Norwegian Refugee Council, Norwegian Peoples Aid, Norwac, Save the Children Norway, Norwegian Church Aid, Norwegian Red Cross and Care Norway, invite you to a discussion on achievements, dilemmas and lessons learned from the past four years.

The event will be opened by Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide and Panos Moumtzis, previously UN Assistant Secretary General and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis. Secretaries General Bent Apeland (Norwegian Red Cross) and Birgitte Lange (Save the Children Norway) will give introductions, followed by panel discussions with the humanitarian organisations. The event will be moderated by Kristoffer Lidén, the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS) and PRIO.

Kristin Bergtora Sandvik’s lecture ‘Technology and Humanitarian Accountability’ available online

Kristin Bergtora Sandvik’s (PRIO/UiO) lecture “Technology and Humanitarian Accountability: A Risk Assessment”, part of the Refugee Law Initiative seminar series on humanitarian accountability in displacement contexts, is now available online. You may access the lecture here, Sandvik’s lecture begins at minute 50.

The seminar series examine humanitarian accountability in displacement settings, hosted by the Refugee Law Initiative at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. The series provides a forum for discussion open to academics, practitioners and those with an interest in humanitarian and forced displacement issues.