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Opening Keynote: Negotiations with Non-traditional Authorities, featuring Lise Grande

April 26, 2023 • 9:30 – 10:45 am EDT

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Humanitarian diplomacy to gain and maintain humanitarian access often necessitates engagement with non-state actors and de facto authorities. Humanitarian organizations increasingly have to engage with non-state armed groups, criminal gangs, and de facto authorities to negotiate parameters for principled humanitarian access. These negotiations carry their own risks, vary widely in their scope and scale, and challenge traditional diplomatic and political norms. 

In this session, Lise Grande will discuss the challenges and opportunities inherent in engagements with non-traditional authorities, decision-making processes regarding when and with whom to negotiate, and opportunities for success–including around shared concerns over protection of civilians and food security.