The latest Civil-Military Occasional Paper is now available

6 Oct 2016

Issue 2/2016 Humanitarian spaces: Understanding Military-NGO interaction in conflict and disaster

Delivered by Dr Vandra Harris (RMIT, Melbourne), this paper is a precursor to an in-depth study being carried out with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and RMIT University. It outlines the need for improved understanding of the challenges and opportunities posed by Military-NGO interaction in complex post-conflict spaces.

Harris highlights that as a result of geo-political and combat developments globally, key actors now regularly find themselves outside of their traditional zones of operation – militaries as peacekeepers and transitional police; NGOs operating in increasingly violent environments, while attempting to maintain independence.

Humanitarian Spaces outlines

  • important differences in the meaning of common terminology, such as ‘humanitarian’ and ‘CIMIC/CMCoord’,
  • the combination of significant security and human needs necessitating distinct multi-sector responses to conflict, and
  • the challenges posed by the perception of conflict response operations by those affected, as key difficulties to be investigated by the proposed project.

Read the full article on Academia.