• The Other Side: humanitarian engagement with the Taliban in Afghanistan

The Other Side: humanitarian engagement with the Taliban in Afghanistan

11 December 2012

Overseas Development Institute

The launch of a new report from the ODI's Humanitarian Policy Group on how aid agencies engage with the Taliban to gain access to Afghans in need of assistance.  The report provides insight into how the Taliban view humanitarian and development assistance.  It draws on dozens of interviews with Taliban militia and leaders and also investigates approaches used by aid agencies to gain access to populations in Taliban-held territory. 

The first substantive research of its kind into aid access, 'The Other Side' sheds light on the issues that aid agencies have been reluctant to speak about openly.  Compiled after almost 150 interviews with Afghans, aid agencies, the Taliban and diplomats, it offers a series of recommendations on humanitarian negotiations.

Chair: Kim Sengupta - Defence and Diplomatic correspondent of The Independent
Panel: Ashley Jackson - Research Fellow at the Humanitarian Policy Group, co-author of the report
Dr Antonio Giustozzi - Visiting professor at King's College, Department of war Studies, co-author of the report

Date: 11 December 2012

Time: 11.00 to 12.30pm

Address: 203 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NJ

To obtain tickets, see http://www.odi.org.uk/events