The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has committed funding for Research on Humanitarian Policy. The activity has been incorporated as a sub-programme under NORGLOBAL. HUMPOL aims to build up research capacity and knowledge on humanitarian policy in Norway, and increase Norway’s ability to ensure strategic international positioning and quality improvements in humanitarian interventions.
HUMPOL is based on the recommendations in the white paper Norway’s Humanitarian Policy (Report No. 40 (2008–2009) to the Storting). The policy emphasises that the core task of humanitarian assistance is to save lives, alleviate suffering and safeguard human dignity, regardless of race, gender, religion or political affiliation.
HUMPOL is relevant for both the university sector and research institutes in Norway in collaboration with research institutes in the South and/or NGOs involved in humanitarian operations. It will focus on innovative, high quality academic and policy-oriented research. It is also expected that the proposed projects be in accordance with the strategic plans of the institution in questions.
The programme document for HUMPOL was approved by the NORGLOBAL programme board in June 2011. It opens up for larger-scale project proposals of the order of NOK 10-12 million, as well as for projects on a more moderate scale (NOK 3-5 million). Collaboration between researchers from different institutions, including institutions in the South and NGOs, is welcome.
In connection with the preparation of the programme document, a literature list was prepared and made available to anyone interested.