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Agenda for Humanity Revisited

Guest Editors:
Clara EggerErasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
Kristoffer Lidén: Peace Research Institute Oslo, Norway
Kristina RoepstorffPeace Research Institute Oslo, Norway

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 31 December 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.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Clara Egger: Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands

Clara Egger is an Assistant Professor of Global Governance at the Department of Public Administration and Sociology from the Erasmus School of Behavioural and Social Sciences of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is the Chair of the International Organizations section of the International Studies Association.  Her research agenda focuses on the political economy of crisis governance and humanitarian aid. Clara was granted the French Red Cross Award for the best research on humanitairan action (2015) and was shortlisted for the ECPR Jean Blondel Prize awarded to the best Europeam thesis on politics (2017).

Kristoffer Lidén: Peace Research Institute Oslo, Norway

Kristoffer Lidén is a Senior Researcher at PRIO and member of the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS). Holding a PhD in Philosophy and MA in Peace and Conflict Studies, his research explores the ethics of international affairs, with a focus on the fields of peacemaking, humanitarian action, security politics and digital technology. He currently leads projects on ethics in peace negotiations and humanitarian negotiations respectively, and coordinates the Law and Ethics research group at PRIO. For more, please see his PRIO profile page: 

Kristina Roepstorff: Peace Research institute Oslo, Norway

Kristina Roepstorff is senior researcher at the Peace Research institute Oslo (PRIO), where she works on ethical dilemmas in humanitarian negotiations. She previously held positions at the Institute for International  Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) at the University of Bochum, the University of Magdeburg, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Simon Fraser University and the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at Erfurt University. She was a Marie Curie Fellow in Humanitarian Action and Conflict Studies at the University College Dublin and has been teaching on the European NOHA Master Programme in International Humanitarian Action since 2008. Since 2015 she is also Associate Faculty member at the School of Humanitarian Studies, Royal Roads University, Canada. As a trained intercultural mediator, trainer and consultant she seeks to bridge academic research and teaching with policy and practice. Kristina’s research fields are humanitarian action, peacebuilding and forced migration. Her research has been published as monograph, book chapters, journal articles and policy papers.

About the collection

In this context, the objective of this special collection is to take stock of the progress on the Agenda for Humanity, seven years after its adoption. We welcome contributions from a variety of disciplinary fields, addressing the following questions:

  1. How do changes in international and domestic politics alter humanitarian commitments?
  2. How is the Agenda for Humanity’s narrative used to further political agendas?
  3. What are the implications of the Agenda’s core responsibilities on the power dynamics shaping the humanitarian field ?
  4. What is the state of affairs on the Agenda for Humanity’s core commitments?

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Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of Research Articles. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read our submission guidelines. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system. During the submission process, under the section additional information, you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Agenda for Humanity Revisited" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.