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    Do they really understand? The Humanitarian Sector in a Ten Year Perspective

    The futures package initiative in the first instance will include a review of the work that HFP has done to date with a wide range of humanitarian actors to identify possible changes in the ways that they think about or understand and are preparing for the types of crises that will have to be faced in the future. This will be done principally from an institutional transformation perspective.

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    Humanitarian Futures and the Principled Politicisation of Aid

    The new Government of Australia will soon join the ranks of a number of Western governments that have in various ways brought humanitarian as well as development assistance more closely aligned with the political dimensions of foreign policy. Canada is another recent case in point, and the US Government’s Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) has clearly linked US aid to what it describes as a blueprint for elevating American ‘civilian power’ to better advance our national interests and to be a better partner to the U.S. military. Other governments including Denmark, Norway and Sweden have at least ‘sheltered’ their aid sections within foreign policy establishments.

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Recent Projects

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    Science-Humanitarian Dialogue

    There remains tremendous potential for science and technology to better support community resilience building. Unlocking this potential is dependent on strengthening the exchange of knowledge or 'dialogue' between those with scientific and technological risk, directly affected people and those bodies which seek to support them, and HFP efforts have been focused on developing understanding regarding those approaches and frameworks which can best support this process.

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    FOREWARN initiative

    Facilitating Enhanced Organisational Responsiveness for Effective West African Risk Reduction: The West Africa region is vulnerable to a range of actual, emerging and potential threats. Over the coming decades, the complexities, interrelationships and dimensions of those threats will require an approach for anticipating and responding to crises that is significantly different from that of the present.

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New website

Welcome to our new website. Much of the content has been transferred from our old site, but you may find that some content is either no longer available or missing. If you can’t find what you are looking for, or would like more information on HFP’s work, please use the search function above or contact us at

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Recent blog posts

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    Humanitarian Futures Programme's Transition

    As you may recall from earlier posts on the website, the Humanitarian Futures Programme will conclude at the end of March 2014. We hope that you feel that HFP has achieved the objectives to which it committed itself in 2005, and that its efforts have helped those with humanitarian roles and responsibilities...

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  • Inspiration for setting up the HFP

    My perspective was shaped by my Rwandan experience in 94-95 after the genocide there. I arrived as the UN coordinator for the humanitarian operation and really thought I knew what to do in that kind of emergency.  I’d been there and done that in a lot of assignments.  Two weeks later I realised how...

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