Humanitarian negotiators (HNTC) 15

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Dates and venue : March 20 to 24, 2017 in Barcelona

Humanitarian negotiators training course (HNTC) 15

This course gives students an understanding of negotiation theory as well as practical historical and current applications. It examines all types of negotiations, from roadblocks and negotiations in situ for access to negotiations for peace agreements far from the conflict. Theoretical lectures are supported with group scenario-based exercises.

Humanitarian action occurs in settings that feature large numbers of different stakeholders: donors, agencies, crisis affected populations, military actors, local and national governments and many others. These different actors come with a wide variety of vested interests, all of which will conflict partially, or absolutely, with the aims of humanitarian actors. Additionally, these actors typically have very different amounts of power, a central concern in negotiation.

The nature of humanitarian action – its neutral, impartial, independent stance – means that the aims of humanitarian actors can never be completely aligned with any other stakeholder, whether those aims are to provide care to populations that are the target of abuse, or to simply pay national staff on a scale that minimally disrupts the local labor market. This fundamental conflict of interests means that negotiation is an essential part of humanitarian work.

The Humanitarian Negotiators Training Course will prepare aid workers for all aspects of negotiation in humanitarian crises, providing students with an understanding of applied negotiation theory examining a variety of case-studies. The course examines both “negotiations” (including negotiations in situ for access and peace agreements far from the conflict), as well negotiating skills (and the underlying theory of negotiation) that are applicable across a wide variety of more routine negotiations with other actors to allow effective programming: negotiations with donors, host governments and national staff among others.


Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Describe the framework and fundamentals of negotiation.
  • Understand the practical aspects of negotiation.
  • Identify different approaches to negotiating with diverse humanitarian actors and agencies.
  • Refine and enrich their experience of the different techniques of negotiation in a combination of theoretical study and practical exercises.
  • Critically assess the culturally specific aspects of negotiation training.

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The Barcelona International Peace Resource Center (BIPRC) jointly with the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC) and the Institute for International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham University, USA

CIHC-IIHA courses are held yearly in several locations worldwide, such as New York, Berlin, Geneva, Istanbul, Barcelona, Nairobi, and Penang in Malaysia, and all of them are part of the curriculum for the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance offered by Fordham University in New York. Students can take different courses individually or as part of the International Diploma program.

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