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Humanitarian policy notes

Working together to drill for water in South Sudan. Credit: Alun MacDonald/Oxfam

At a glance

Oxfam's humanitarian policy notes set out our learning on a wide range of issues affecting humanitarian action around the world.

Overview

Oxfam's humanitarian policy notes set out our learning on a wide range of issues affecting humanitarian action around the world.

They are the best place to find short summaries of Oxfam's experience and views on global humanitarian issues. The 20 current titles cover subjects directly affecting practical humanitarian action, including funding, coordination, and the sometimes controversial roles of the private sector and foreign military forces - as well as broader issues of concern to humanitarian workers, including disaster risk reduction, peacekeeping, the responsibility to protect and the International Criminal Court.

Our humanitarian policy notes are designed as short summaries - mostly of no more than four pages - for humanitarian practitioners in NGOs, UN agencies and governments, as well as students, researchers and others interested in the rapidly changing world of humanitarian action.

They complement Oxfam's more detailed humanitarian research and policy, and our papers on specific humanitarian crises, which can be found by using the conflict or disasters search filters in our Publications section.