Gender, inclusion and humanitarian principles in conflict contexts

How project planning that considers gender and inclusivity can boost the reach of aid and provide more equitable assistance
Research paper Updated 19 December 2023 Published 15 December 2023 ISBN: 978 1 78413 572 0 DOI: 10.55317/9781784135720
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Rose Pinnington

Research Associate, Department of Political Economy at King’s College London

Gender equality and inclusivity are important considerations in humanitarian efforts to alleviate suffering and preserve dignity in conflicts. However, where there is systemic gender-based marginalization, humanitarian organizations continue to face severe challenges. 

This paper demonstrates the importance of assessing the application of humanitarian principles – humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence – in different contexts to understand their impact on the promotion of gender equality and inclusion. While humanitarian principles are compatible with assistance projects that consider gender in their design and analysis, tensions can emerge between the principles.