Providing assistance in an impartial way poses major challenges for aid agencies in particular conflict settings. However, there are ways to address these. For example, humanitarian actors can openly discuss compromise options and adopt ethical risk management systems. The humanitarian system faces fundamental problems. That means it is worthwhile to look at the specific challenges humanitarians seeking to deliver assistance in a principled way are experiencing in the field. This essay attempts to do this and will discuss how humanitarians can deal better with these challenges.