Beyond Assumptions: How humanitarians make operational decisions

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The ability to make good decisions – particularly under urgent and uncertain circumstances – is fundamental to effective humanitarian response. Yet decision-making to this extent has received little academic attention. The ALNAP Study ‘Beyond assumptions’ seeks to address this gap and it is the result of over two years’ work exploring the nature of humanitarian contexts, the different types of decisions that they require, and the most suitable approaches to making these decisions at the country/ field level.


  • Publication language: English
  • Pages: 108pp
  • Suggested citation: Campbell, L. and Knox Clarke, P. (2019) Beyond Assumptions: How humanitarians make operational decisions. ALNAP Study. London: ODI/ ALNAP.