The relationship between peace operations and humanitarian assistance: enabling or harmful?

Secretary-General António Guterres speaks with journalists at the G5 Sahel Joint Force Headquarters in Mopti, Mali. Photo: MINUSMA via Flickr

Date/Time: 09/09/2020  15:00 - 16:30

The event will take place on Zoom and will be recorded. Please RSVP to Jenny Nordvedt at The Zoom address will be shared with all registered participants a few days before the event.


United Nations and other peace operations are routinely mandated to protect and support humanitarian actors. Recent events in the Central African Republic (CAR), Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Mali, South Sudan and Somalia is a reminder of the complex environment peace operations and humanitarian actors share and the challenges this pose at times for their relationship.

The Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies and the Effectiveness of Peace Operations Network invite you to this webinar on the relationship between peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts. Peace operations are one of the most important international mechanisms for contemporary conflict management and are often undertaken in places which faces the worst humanitarian crises in the world. It is thus common that their mandates include providing protection and assistance to humanitarian actors and assistance efforts. How effective is the support provided by peace operations to humanitarian assistance? Has UN operations unwittingly caused harm in some situations? Have humanitarian actors put peacekeepers in harm’s way or otherwise complicated their ability to achieve their mandates? How does humanitarian and peacekeeping actors coexist, coordinate and cooperate in different country settings?

At this webinar, we turn our attention to the relationship between peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance in three cases, namely the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) and Mali (MINUSMA). We assess the scope of cooperation and explore the different challenges and opportunities from both humanitarian and peacekeeping perspectives, in order to enhance our understanding on how to improve cooperation in the field. A panel will first introduce the three case studies, two discussants will comment on the cases, and then we will have a facilitated discussion and Q&A. The webinar is moderated by Dr Cedric de Coning (ACCORD and NUPI).



Case studies:

  • Carlo Koos (CMI) on the DRC
  • Lise Morjé Howard (Georgetown & EPON) on CAR
  • Natasja Rupesinghe (NUPI & EPON) on Mali


  • Kari Osland (NUPI)
  • Kristoffer Lidén (PRIO)


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