When turning humanitarian principles into practice, humanitarian organisations are faced with a range of difficult ethical dilemmas. These dilemmas are rarely as tangible as when the organisations negotiate with local counterparts for access and programming in settings of armed conflict. This dimension of humanitarian negotiations remains to be systematically studied, and we hereby argue why this needs to be redressed as part of the ethics of humanitarian action.
Lidén, Kristoffer & Kristina Roepstorff (2020) Red Lines and Grey Zones: Ethical dilemmas in humanitarian negotiations and the need for a research agenda, Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies Blog. 2 October.