Geoff Loane

Geoff Loane


Geoff Loane is currently Head of Education at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). He has spent more than thirty years in a variety of operational positions in the field and at ICRC headquarters.

  • Strengthening resilience: The ICRC’s community-based approach to ensuring the protection of education

    Education has received increased attention within the humanitarian sector. In conflict-affected contexts, access to education may be hampered by attacks against and the military use of educational facilities as well as attacks and threats of attacks against students, teachers and other education-related persons. Affected populations may also find themselves unable to access education, for example due to displacement. This article looks into the different sets of humanitarian responses aimed at (1) ensuring the protection of educational facilities and related persons, mostly through advocacy efforts centred on weapons bearers, and (2) (re-)establishing education services where they are not present or are no longer functioning, mostly through programmes directed at affected populations. It then argues that, in contrast with dominant practices, the protection of education can also be ensured through programmatic responses with meaningful participation of affected communities, and examines the example of the Safer Schools programme in Ukraine.

  • A new challenge or a new role? The ICRC in Northern Ireland

    This article examines the face of modern humanitarianism outside of armed conflict, its dilemmas, and provides analysis as to why the ICRC has a role in the Northern Ireland context.