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Humanitarian Action Panel Summary

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This online panel discussion was held on 29th of October as part of the DSAI annual conference, convened by the Humanitarian Action Study Group. The discussion brought together humanitarian actors and researchers from a range of contexts, to reflect on different dimensions of humanitarian policy, research and learning.

Against a backdrop of growing humanitarian needs globally, and a greater concentration of needs in protracted crises in particular, the humanitarian system is facing calls to reform to be more sustainable and inclusive, and manage changing risks. The conference webinar featured presentations on a range of aspects of humanitarian policy, research and action. Contributions considered key themes including resilience building in protracted crises, designing and delivering more inclusive emergency responses, and strategies for managing counterterrorism risks. 

This summary provides a synthesis of some key discussion points.


  • Conor O’Loughlin, Country Representative, Catholic Relief Services, Afghanistan;
  • Joseph Ho, Head of Programs, Catholic Relief Services, Afghanistan;
  • Emma O’Leary, Senior Humanitarian Policy Advisor, Norwegian Refugee Council;
  • Jennifer Byrne, University College Cork and NUI Galway.
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