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An overview of Lagoro IDP camp in Kitgum District, northern Uganda, 20 May 2007. Manoocher Deghati/IRIN

Latest publications: Briefing papers

Biofuels and local food security: what does the evidence say?

Publication - Briefing papers - 28 March 2014
​As EU governments debate how to increase the volume of low-carbon fuels in the energy mix, they must ensure that adding more biofuels does not worsen hunger in poor countries. While modelling research indicates that rising demand for biofuels can increase global food prices, existing evidence does not allow us to state categorically that biofuels projects worsen local food security in developing countries.

Humanitarian negotiations with armed non-state actors: key lessons from Afghanistan, Sudan and Somalia

Publication - Briefing papers - 18 March 2014
Drawn from over 500 interviews with aid workers, members of armed groups (including the Taliban, Al-Shabaab and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North) and others, this policy brief highlights key lessons from a two-year research project on humanitarian negotiations with armed non-state actors in Afghanistan, Somalia and Sudan.

Humanitarian interventions in situations of urban violence

Publication - Briefing papers - 15 January 2014
Elena Lucchi
Intended primarily for field staff involved in programme design and evaluation, this ALNAP Lessons Paper will help humanitarian organisations to start establishing criteria for engagement in situations of urban violence and to improve humanitarian responses which specifically address the effects of violence.

The growing role of regional organisations in humanitarian action

Publication - Briefing papers - 18 December 2013
HPG Briefing Paper number 54
Regional organisations are increasingly engaged with a wide variety of humanitarian issues, and international organisations are hopeful that they may help to share the work involved in responding to disasters, mediating conflicts and undertaking peacekeeping operations. There have been a number of prominent examples where they have done so.

Health interventions in humanitarian crisis: a call for more quality research

Publication - Briefing papers - 17 December 2013
There is an urgent need for a stronger scientific evidence base to inform health interventions in humanitarian crises. To address this problem, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Wellcome Trust commissioned a project to review the quality and depth of the available evidence, identify gaps and weaknesses and make recommendations for future work.

Disaster risk reduction and sustainable development

Publication - Briefing papers - 12 December 2013
Mark Pelling, Reid Basher, Joern Birkmann, Susan Cutter, Bina Desai, SHM Fakhruddin, Ferruccio Ferrugini, Tom Mitchell, Tony Oliver-Smith, John Rees, Kuniyoshi Takeuchi
Prepared by experts associated with the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme for the Seventh Session of the UN General Assembly Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, New York, 6-10 January 2014, this brief looks at disaster risk reduction and sustainable development. It summarises them in terms of increasing disaster impacts, underlying risk factors, the disaster risk process and risk management, linkages with climate change, and targets and indicators.