KUNO brings together humanitarian practitioners, academics, policymakers, and many more, for joint learning, reflection and debate. We organize expert meetings, working sessions for professionals, training and public debates. All of our events are cross-sectoral and organized in cooperation with our partners. KUNO has a special commitment to invite experts from the Global South to participate in thought exchange.

What do we do?

KUNO contributes to improved knowledge that leads to improved humanitarian action. KUNO facilitates reflection on new developments and existing principles. KUNO facilitates learning processes. Furthermore KUNO reaches out to an audience beyond the humanitarian community for cross-sectoral thought exchange.

Past activities of KUNO include: expert meetings on the emergency gap, cash based programming and the world humanitarian summit; public debates on survival strategies of affected populations in emergency situations, trends in humanitarian assistance and the localization agenda; policy debates with Members of Parliament; and workshops on the interlinkages of the grand bargain commitments.

Thematic focus

In its activities KUNO focuses on three themes:

The Grand Bargain
Improving humanitarian work in daily practice: the Grand Bargain between major donors and aid providers aims to get more means into the hands of people in need.

Signatories of the Grand Bargain made ten commitments which the humanitarian sector is currently implementing. KUNO facilitates learning on the implementation of Grand Bargain commitments, specifically on the localization and cash-based programming agenda.

What is the impact of an ever polarizing world on humanitarian aid? And how can humanitarian professionals avoid becoming instruments of political agendas?

The Humanitarian principles dictate Humanity, Independence, Neutrality and Impartiality. However, in the political environment today it is hard to avoid becoming entangled in political agendas, which has its effect on humanitarian practice. KUNO facilitates learning and reflection on the influence of the political environment on humanitarian aid: on how this affects the ability of humanitarian agencies to access affected populations, their ability to uphold humanitarian principles, and the security effects for aid workers.

In a time of rapid and global change, the role of humanitarian organizations is changing fundamentally. Dutch NGOs need to rethink themselves.

Climate change, new technologies, new actors delivering humanitarian aid and the changing power balance in global governance: humanitarian action is situated in a rapidly changing world. KUNO facilitates reflection on the current role of international humanitarian actors and the roles they may fulfil in the future.

Cross-cutting topics
• Innovation, specifically the questions of what makes innovations successful and how we can assure successful innovations get adopted.
• Data exchange, to support evidence-based analyses and programming.
• News developments: KUNO follows the news on humanitarian action, and aligns its activities with current developments.