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Volume: 13 Number: 22

Title: Humanitarian Policy Group

Source/Sponsoring Agency: Overseas Development Institute. Humanitarian Policy Group


Date Checked: 6/13/2008      Status: Active

Date Annotated: 6/13/2008

Topics: Comparative Law; Dispute Resolution; Human Rights Law; International Law; International Trade

Other keywords: Aboriginal Studies; Indigenous Peoples; Legislation; United Nations; humanitarian aid; disaster relief; conflict; peace; civil war; reconstruction; natural disasters

Contents: The Humanitarian Policy Group (HDG) is sub-group of the Overseas Development Institute, an independent British organization that produces research and policy recommendations on humanitarian aid, the alleviation of poverty, and economic development. HDG's own mission statement identifies it as "one of the world's leading teams of independent researchers and information professionals working on humanitarian issues. It is dedicated to improving humanitarian policy and practice through a combination of high-quality analysis, dialogue and debate." HDG produces reports that evaluate both past and current efforts of the international aid community. The information content of the HDG website lies primarily within its "Publications" section, which offers "Reports," "Policy Briefs," and "Working Papers" as well as a listing of "Commissioned Works" authored by the HDG but sponsored by other organizations. Documents in these sections are arranged in order of publication. A Google-based search engine is available but its utility is limited insofar as the documents on offer are in PDF format. The HDG's publications are high-level documents intended for a specialist audience of researchers and the leadership of international aid organizations, although some interpretative assistance is given for laypeople (i.e. listings of relevant acronyms). The site could have benefited from listings of reports by geographic area or country but the contents are in general well-organized.

Author of Annotation: J. P. Cusker

Last Modified: 6/20/2012