Research – Humanitarian policy

The Netherlands provides assistance to people affected by humanitarian crises. This primarily concerns financial support that enables humanitarian organizations to do their work. The Netherlands also supports political and diplomatic initiatives to make international humanitarian assistance possible. For example, this involves promoting access for aid workers in areas where humanitarian needs are greatest. It also concerns specific efforts aimed at improving how aid is delivered.

IOB is examining the results of Dutch humanitarian policy since 2015. IOB hopes this study will help to continuously improve humanitarian aid, specifically in terms of the targeted and efficient deployment of people and financial resources. This research follows the Humanitarian Aid policy review that was completed in 2015.


Eight substudies will feed into the research on Dutch humanitarian policy since 2015.
In two literature studies, the knowledge on localisation and innovation of humanitarian assistance has been mapped. Another substudy has explored the effectiveness of Dutch policy, its partners and funding relations.
In the spring of 2022 IOB has conducted fieldwork in three countries experiencing long-standing humanitarian crises: Syria, Yemen and South Sudan. These have been at the heart of diplomatic efforts and a large part of the humanitarian budget was allocated here. A parallel IOB study on Development Approaches to Forced Displacement will concentrate on Syria's neighbouring counties, where the majority of Syrian refugees are living.

Literature study into innovation in humanitarian assistance

IOB requested the United Nations University (UNU MERIT) to conduct a literature study into innovation in humanitarian assistance, based on existing research on this topic.


Johanneke de Hoogh - Contact person
Bas Limonard
Herma Majoor


  1. Ready: Exploration
  2. Ready: Terms of Reference adopted
  3. In process: Research in progress
  4. Report adopted
  5. Drafting policy response
  6. Report to parliament