Reportage by our associated researchers and colleagues based on their experiences conducting fieldwork around the world.

Localization of Humanitarian Action: From Grand Bargain to Grand Betrayal

This article assesses the localization workstream under the so-called Grand Bargain of humanitarianism. It highlights the underlying reasons behind lack of progress on localization, which hinge on vested interests and apathy, and their implications for local organisations.

Why the ICRC should think twice about its work on urban violence

By Miriam Bradley – The ICRC’s work on urban violence has led to significant and surprising shifts in its humanitarian boundaries—shifts that may damage its ability to carry out its core mandate.

Humanitarian governance and localization: What kind of world is being imagined and produced?

By Kristin Bergtora Sandvik & Dennis Dijkzeul – While localization is high on the agenda for humanitarian actors, at present, humanitarian governance does not support the localization agenda. To understand better why, we explore three issues underpinning humanitarian governance: the problem construction, consolidation and growth of the sector, and the sorting of civilians. We conclude that the localization agenda is important, but for it to succeed a fundamental change of the humanitarian system is needed.

Business and Human Rights: towards a legally binding instrument?

By Jerome Bellion-Jourdan – Getting traction towards a legally binding instrument to regulate the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises would require consensus-building. In the meantime, much remains to be done to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Tracing the effects of IO financing reforms

Last April Cecilia Cannon was among the many Graduate Institute professors and researchers who went to San Francisco to contribute to the 2018 Annual Convention of the International Studies Association … Continue reading Tracing the effects of IO financing reforms

The Workings of ‘Soft’ Governance in Crisis: Ambiguities of the State in DR Congo

By Stéphanie Perazzone – Repopulating ‘international’ conceptualizations and practices of governance with the experiences of ‘real people’ allows us to identify their ignored transformative potentials.