Martin Barber - Humanitarian negotiations: engagement with armed groups in Sudan and South Sudan
Irina Mosel - Humanitarian negotiations: engagement with armed groups in Sudan and South Sudan
Jonathan Loeb - Humanitarian negotiations: engagement with armed groups in Sudan and South Sudan
Nicola Bennett - Humanitarian negotiations: engagement with armed groups in Sudan and South Sudan
Ivor Morgan - Humanitarian negotiations: engagement with armed groups in Sudan and South Sudan
Questions and discussion - Engagement with armed groups in Sudan and South Sudan
Sudan: humanitarian organisations compromising at a cost
Latest research into the perils of delivering humanitarian aid in Sudan – a country marked by multiple ongoing conflicts reveals the human compromises humanitarian agencies are forced to make to maintain a presence in the country.
Some people in need of humanitarian assistance have been neglected for fear of jeopardising humanitarian efforts in the rest of the country, claims the research that interviews armed rebel groups, government officials, aid agencies and diplomats.
Caught in a political minefield between the demands of rebel groups and the Government of Sudan, humanitarian organisations are not able to reach people in rebel-held areas of Darfur and Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, where nearly one million civilians are estimated to be in need of assistance.
In Sudan, war continues in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile after several failed attempts at peace, with the presence of multiple warring parties – including armed rebel groups and state armies – making access to populations in need a huge challenge for humanitarian agencies.
“The challenge for many agencies is negotiating and engaging consistently with both sides, and not being seen to be aligned with one over the other – a very difficult task in this politically-charged and volatile environment. But that cannot be an excuse for inaction”, said Irina Mosel, co-author of the research on negotiations in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, noting alternative approaches such as working with civil society, community based organisations and African and Arab NGOs and churches.
Two new reports published by the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) will be launched on 10 October 2013 at ODI, 14:00-15:30 at ODI in London and streamed online.
The event will examine the role humanitarian negotiations with state and non-state armed groups have played in facilitating humanitarian access to people in need, with speakers drawing from interviews with armed groups, including rebel movements such as the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A).
Speakers include Nicola Bennett, Humanitarian Policy Adviser at UN OCHA South Sudan and article authors Irina Mosel and Jonathan Loeb.
To register, please visit the event webpage.
1. “Talking to the other side: Humanitarian negotiations in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, Sudan” is authored by Irina Mosel and Ashley Jackson, researchers at the Humanitarian Policy Group in ODI
2. “Talking to the other side: Humanitarian engagement with armed non-state actors in Darfur, Sudan, 2003-2012” is authored by Jonathan Loeb, an independent consultant
The reports are part of a larger body of work entitled “Humanitarian negotiations with armed non-state actors”
For more information or requests for interview with the authors please contact: Tania Cheung at 020 7922 0348 or firstname.lastname@example.org