ACAPS, Director

Lars Peter Nissen has been Director of ACAPS since its inception in 2009. Experienced in response to both sudden-onset disasters and more protracted crises, he has for the past 20 years worked in numerous crisis across the world, including Myanmar, Pakistan, El Salvador, Turkey, Uganda, Angola, Mozambique, DPRK, Afghanistan, and Zimbabwe.

He has conducted a range of reviews and analyses of humanitarian programmes for NGOs, the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Mr Nissen is a visiting professor at the University of Copenhagen and blogs on


ACAPS is dedicated to improving analysis of humanitarian needs in complex emergencies and crises. ACAPS team supports the humanitarian community by providing up-to-date information on more than 40 key crises around the globe. This enables crisis responders to better understand and thereby better address the needs of the affected population, and at the same time strengthening the assessment ecosystem.

Recently ACAPS has developed a new tool for humanitarians: the CrisisAlert app, with customised settings, notification system and offline option to access our content even in remote areas.

ACAPS was established in 2009 as a non-profit, non-governmental project hosted by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). We are independent of specific operational and sectoral agendas or interests, and therefore guarantee objective and evidence-based analysis. Today our team consists of 28 professionals based in Geneva and in the field as well as a pool of consultants.”