The Psychosocial Impact of Humanitarian Crises A Better Understanding For Better Interventions

The psychosocial impact of humanitarian crises includes psychological and social problems, at both the individual and community levels, following an emergency, as well as the impact on the existing psychological resources. In order to promote a holistic approach in response to the complexity of humanitarian crises, a deeper consideration of the psychosocial dimension is crucial in all ACF programmes.

This guide is for those who, in the field as well as at headquarters, develop and / or intervene in ACF programming in humanitarian crisis situations.

Many will not have had training in the field of psychology, but need to understand the psychosocial challenges of a crisis situation, in order to make interventions more appropriate and meaningful. We hope that this guide will help build more respectful, appropriate programmes that respond to the psychosocial needs of populations.

Resource type:

Information and communication materials


Action Against Hunger


Key words:

Psychosocial support, Humanitarian settings




Humanitarian and conflict-afflicted