Research – Humanitarian policy

The Netherlands provides assistance to people affected by humanitarian crises. This primarily concerns financial support that enables humanitarian organisations to do their work. The Netherlands also develops 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.


The intention is to carry out three sub-studies on long-term crises and a sub-study on an unexpected humanitarian disaster. One of these studies will concentrate on the use of humanitarian aid in refugee situations with a focus on the relationship with support for Development Approaches to Forced Displacement. It will concentrate on the region of Syria. The other two sub-studies will focus on South Sudan and Yemen respetively.


Johanneke de Hoogh - Contact person
Meike de Goede