Chapter 1

International Humanitarian Aid Today


This chapter provides an overview of international humanitarian aid work and distinguishes it from other forms of assistance. It defines the four key humanitarian principles: impartiality, neutrality, humanity, and independence. It outlines the current status of humanitarian aid, provides a review of some major trends, and information on changes that may have implications for the current and future job markets in humanitarian aid. The exercise at the end of the chapter is a review of the chapter and designed to help the reader become more conversant with humanitarian principles.


International humanitarian aid; relief; human rights; protracted emergency; international humanitarian law; ...

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