Research activity 2: Online survey

The survey was conducted on-line during three months in the first half of 2018.  By providing a list of terms frequently used, we allowed respondents to prioritize concepts, stimulate their reflection and thus enable them to provide their own list of central concepts. To facilitate the reading, terms were grouped in four sections: a) norms linked to humanitarian action; b) what humanitarian actors do; c) conditions under which humanitarian actors operate; and d) the actors encountered in humanitarian action. 138 terms were initially proposed. Respondents were free to choose as many terms as they wanted and could add up to 10 terms per section.

Terms chosen as central to humanitarian practice by more than 30% of respondents

Accountability 67.43 % Humanitarian Action 36.26 %
Advocacy 55.22 % Neutrality 36.26 %
Capacity-building 52.93 % Assessment 34.73 %
Resilience 52.42 % Access 34.48 %
Crisis 50.13 % Coordination 34.35 %
Sustainability 49.75 % Protection 34.35 %
Vulnerability 46.82 % Emergency 33.33 %
Do-no-harm 46.69 % Ethics 33.21 %
Empowerment 46.18 % Early Recovery 32.95 %
Integrated Approach 45.42 % Abuse 32.70 %
Coping Capacity 45.17 % Disaster Risk Reduction 32.70 %
Civil Society 41.22 % Good Practice 32.44 %
Effectiveness 40.84 % Armed Group 32.19 %
Humanitarian Space 40.33 % Civil-military Coordination 32.19 %
Humanity 39.95 % Participation 32.06 %
Impartiality 38.42 % Community 31.93 %
Dignity 37.79 % Gender-based Violence 31.93 %

Respondents mainly selected terms with challenging, contested and unclear meanings. Beyond these reasons, terms were also predominantly selected because of their centrality.

FIGURE: REASONS FOR SELECTING TERMS (SEVERAL ANSWERS POSSIBLE)

The survey allowed to identify 280 concepts, many of them being spontaneously added by respondents.