Humanitarian Health Action

Humanitarian Negotiations with Armed Groups (UN) Manual and Guidelines

31 January 2006

This manual provides a much-needed structured approach to humanitarian negotiations in a clear and user-friendly manner by providing some tools aimed at assisting in reaching agreement on how best to access those in need, to reaching an understanding with non-humanitarian actors on how best to protect civilians in times of armed conflict. It contains short case studies and examples of practical experiences of humanitarian negotiations with armed groups and is accompanied by a set of guidelines.

The manual is divided into the following main contents:

  • Motivations and Partners
  • Framing the Negotiatins
  • Working Towards More Effective Negotiations
  • Negotiating on Specific Issues