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ODI HPG: Talking to the other side: Humanitarian engagement with armed non-state actors

Author: Jackson, A. (for HPG - Humanitarian Policy Group, ODI)
Publication date: 2012

This HPG Policy Brief explores the obstacles to and opportunities for humanitarian dialogue with armed non-state actors (ANSAs). It begins with the rationale for such engagement and the applicable legal frameworks. It then provides an overview of the challenges that humanitarian actors face when engaging in dialogue with ANSAs on issues of access, assistance and protection.

This analysis is based on an extensive literature review and interviews undertaken as part of a two-year project on humanitarian engagement with ANSAs.