Tools for the Job: Supporting Principled Humanitarian Action

NRC|Published 15. Oct 2012
This report outlines the legal framework underpinning humanitarian principles, and the various policy commitments and procedures humanitarian organisations have adopted and employed at the global, country and organisational levels.

It covers two areas: 1)how practitioners use the principles in operations, why they are relevant and what challenges are associated with their implementation; 2) challenges and opportunities in terms of institutional funding, which impede or facilitate adherence to the principles. Findings and analysis of case studies conducted in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Pakistan and South Sudan are presented, along with decision-making guidance for practitioners, seeking concurrence on what constitutes principled humanitarian funding and holding a high-level conference in Brussels on 4 December 2012.

This paper was published by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), with assistance from the European Commission’s Department for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA).