Who we are

Who We Are


The Humanitarian Principles

The Humanitarian Network of Experts (HNE) works in line with the four principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence which are fundamental to any humanitarian action.


  • Humanity means that human suffering must be addressed wherever it is found, with particular attention to the most vulnerable.

  • Neutrality means that humanitarian aid must not favour any side in an armed conflict or other dispute.

  • Impartiality means that humanitarian aid must be provided solely on the basis of need, without discrimination.

  • Independence means the autonomy of humanitarian objectives from political, economic, military or other objectives.

The International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and the humanitarian principles, as laid down in the European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid, signed in December 2007 by the Council of the EU, the European Parliament and the European Commission, form the basis for every action of our network.

The ΗΝΕ was created to gather valuable interdisciplinary knowledge by bringing together people working on a variety of humanitarian aid issues. Our ultimate goal is to provide humanitarian aid to areas and populations affected by man-made and natural disasters with special attention to the most vulnerable ones. It is of great importance that aid is provided impartially to those affected regardless of their nationality, ethnic group, race, gender, religion, age or political beliefs.

Nine major academic organizations from 5 key-countries form the basis of the Humanitarian Network of Experts. One European country (Greece), the United Kingdom, Vietnam, Indonesia and Bangladesh are the core of HNE. The network consists of nine (9) valued partners with deep knowledge in a variety of humanitarian issues:

  • University of West Attica, Greece
  • University of Warwick, United Kingdom
  • Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
  • Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia
  • Universitas Brawijaya, Indonesia
  • Ho Chi Minh University of Technology, Vietnam
  • Ho Chi Minh University of Transport, Vietnam
  • University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh

HNE’s presence in important parts of the world with both (i) a strong presence of humanitarian needs and (ii) technical knowledge and skills, enables it to have an informed overview of humanitarian needs, which ensures better development of intervention strategies.

Already, 40 humanitarian experts support operations with their specific expertise in different areas.

The Mission

Our mission is to serve communities and populations facing emergency or serious humanitarian situations by providing high quality interdisciplinary and collaborative services and expertise. Our ultimate goal is to act as a catalyst for change in the wider humanitarian system.

The Vision

Our vision is to support the establishment of a world of solidarity, inclusion, social justice where all people can live in dignity and security.

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