Clara Egger: Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
Kristoffer Lidén: Peace Research Institute Oslo, Norway
Kristina Roepstorff: Peace Research Institute Oslo, Norway
Submission Status: Open | Submission Deadline: 31 March 2024
Journal of International Humanitarian Action is calling for submissions to our Collection: Agenda for Humanity Revisited.
As we are approaching the 10th anniversary of the Agenda for Humanity, challenges to transnational solidarity and attacks on humanitarian values have never seemed so acute. Before Ukraine absorbed all commitment, the COVID-19 pandemic served as a «vulnerability multiplier» and raised unprecedented challenges for humanitarian operations. The rise of nationalistic and far right parties challenge the capacity to maintain humanitarian commitments, in particular towards migrant populations. Humanitarian norms are under siege in Ukraine, Yemen or Burkina Faso. The goal of “leaving no one behind” has evacuated debates on the use of the concept of vulnerabilities as a political tool to build hierarchies among those deserving aid or not. Lastly, the aid localisation agenda has seen resistance within major donors and agencies. Meanwhile, crisis-affected governments exercise a stronger grip on humanitarian activities, aligning aid with their priorities and closing civil society independent space.