The entries of the Humanitarian Encyclopedia will be based on a selection of the most salient concepts to humanitarian practice.

Concepts may be salient because of:

  • Their centrality in humanitarian action
  • The challenges they raise for practice
  • Their consensual character when they reflect a common set of principles and ideas that are specific to humanitarian practice
  • Their contested nature linked to either their meaning or origin (i.e. when a concept is imported to the humanitarian field by a governmental donor)
  • Their recent emergence reflecting a recent evolution of humanitarian practice
  • Their fuzziness as their meaning is ill defined and their properties are unclear
  • Their failure if concepts which were central are either no longer used, relevant to humanitarian practice or concretely operationalized in daily practice