The relationship between peace operations and humanitarian assistance

The NCHS and the Effectiveness of Peace Operations Network (EPON) hosted this webinar to examine 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?

The seminar featured case studies presented by Carlo Koos (Chr. Michelsen Institute), Lise Morjé Howard (Georgetown & EPON) and Natasja Rupesinghe (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs & EPON) and comments by Kari Osland (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs) and Kristoffer Lidén (Peace Research Institute Oslo).

Held on 9 September 2020, this webinar was moderated by Cedric de Coning (ACCORD & Norwegian Institute of International Affairs).

EPON reports for further reading: