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Humanitarian Diplomacy. Humanitarian Diplomacy in Action ! Surein Peiris Humanitarian Diplomacy Delegate-Pakistan . How HD relates to Working in the field. OPERATIONS. COMMUNICATIONS. COORDINATION. HD in action- voice for the vulnerable!. High Demand! - Low Supply!.

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humanitarian diplomacy
Humanitarian Diplomacy
  • Humanitarian Diplomacy

in Action !

Surein Peiris

Humanitarian Diplomacy Delegate-Pakistan

how hd relates to working in the field
How HD relates to Working in the field




hd in action voice for the vulnerable
HD in action- voice for the vulnerable!

High Demand! - Low Supply!

Complex, complicated, sensitive context

people who deserve but
People who deserve…..but

Pressure from various angles deprive the Needy

try to address social injustice issues
Try to address social injustice issues

Stand up against social Injustice!

issues of gender social exclusion
Issues of Gender & Social exclusion

Gender discrimination , Deprivation of Rights based on Gender

in a Male dominated society

gender based domestic violence
Gender based Domestic Violence

This Picture tells

it ALL !

stigma and discrimination
Stigma and Discrimination



disaster relief fundamental principles
Disaster Relief - Fundamental Principles

Upholding the Principle of Neutrality ,Independence Impartiality

people most vulnerable
People most vulnerable

Disabled, blind, crippled, children, Pregnant

Women , Elders…..People special based on their condition

right to shelter but no legal title
Right to Shelter … but No legal title !
  • People affected by Floods but No legal land Title …


Humanitarian Diplomacy comes in to play ….

  • Lobbying for Laws to address these issues – long term

Short term , speedy action…….as an alternative

  • Possibility to lobby the Government to provide state land ?
  • OR … Talk to the Landlords , Convince them to sign an Agreement which will elevate their status – provide minimum Tenure security – FROM NOBODY TO SOMEBODY !
  • Be a Stronger voice for the vulnerable !
hd promotes partnerships coordination
HD promotes partnerships/coordination

Partnerships and Collaboration with otherHumanitarianActors! Meetings with Other actors on the field is Important !

InformationSharing is Vital!

networking for a stronger voice
Networking for a stronger voice !

Many Humanitarian Actors –You are Not the only One! UNITED WE STAND ; DIVIDED WE FALL !

communications is vital for humanitarian diplomacy
It is about Building the IMAGE of the PRCS .

YOU are the face of the PRCS on the Field .

Actions speak louder than Words



At all times be mindful to Show case the PRCS !

Communications is vital for HUMANITARIAN DIPLOMACY
communication on the field be careful
Communication on the field- Be careful !

Consistency in the Messages we give to Media.. , Beware of the camera and Mike!

beyond beneficiary communications
Beyond Beneficiary Communications …
  • Mechanism to address the Needs of the Beneficiaries is important – HD element comes into play !
  • PRCS Branches to take the Lead ……with IFRC support
  • It is not an overnight process ….Takes time ….But Results last long ! Act and Not be Passive..It is your Responsibility!
no one size fits all approach
No “One size Fits All approach”

Play it by Ear ...Feel it….Smell it…..Use your head …..Not your Heart …


some tools for hd
SOME Tools for HD
  • Sphere Charter
  • RC/RC and NGO Code of Conduct for Disaster Relief
  • P&V based checklist for Disaster Managers and Health Professionals
  • Code of Good Practice for NGOs responding to HIV/AIDs
  • Principles and Rules for RCRC Disaster Relief
  • The Hyogo Framework offers guiding principles, priorities for action, and practical means for achieving disaster resilience for vulnerable communities.
  • Inter-Agency Standing Committee’s (IASC) Guidelines for Protecting Persons Affected by Natural Disasters:
  • Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement

Humanitarian diplomacy is about a change of mind set. It needs to be a part of daily work within all National Societies.RC&RC is to act, and not to remain passive. HD urges action on the part of National Societies and IFRC to measure up to that responsibility.