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Negotiating access to health care for populations affected by conflict

This CMI Working Paper, “Negotiating access to health care for populations affected by conflict” by Raju Sira Mahalingappa Guru seeks to understand the tools required to allow negotiations for the access of health care by populations affected by humanitarian disasters.

A review found that humanitarian organisations lack robust, evidence-based, context-specific negotiation models and tools for accessing humanitarian spaces that allow health care in conflict situations. However, humanitarian organisations have begun to realise the importance of humanitarian negotiations and the use of diplomacy in conflict situations and are beginning to forge partnerships with like-minded organisations, including academic institutions and think-tank groups in order to develop appropriate negotiation tools and methods.

This paper provides recommendations for strengthening tools and practices for negotiating access to health care in humanitarian disasters.